The HOU's mission is to provide distance education at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. For that purpose, it develops and implements appropriate learning material and methods of teaching. The promotion of scientific research as well as the development of the relevant technology and methodology in the area of distance learning fall within the scope of the HOU's objectives.
The HOU is the 19th Greek State University but the only one that provides distance education in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels via the development and utilization of appropriate learning material and methods of teaching. Like all other state universities in Greece, it is a Legal Entity of Public Law, completely independent and autonomous. Its operation is determined by Act 2552/97 (as amended by Article 14 of Act 2817/2000 and as amended further by Article 3 of Act 3027/2002).
The HOU was legally founded with article 27, par. 1, Act 2083/1992 as an independent and wholly self'governed tertiary education institute. It operates as a Legal Person of Public Law under the supervision of the Hellenic State, as exercised by the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs.
The institute's headquarters are in Patras. The HOU's Senate retains the right to establish and monitor branches either locally or abroad with the approval of the Ministers of Education and Religious Affairs, Internal Affairs, Public Administration and Decentralisation and Finance.