The Open University sends its warmest congratulations to ICDE on its eightieth birthday!

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Open University (OU) has been a great supporter of ICDE for all its life, 50 years next year.

From its earliest days the first Vice-Chancellor Walter Perry, later Lord Perry, spoke at the forerunner ICCE World Conference in the USA in 1972 of the growing importance of the new open university movement. The OU was one of the leaders at the 1982 World Conference in Vancouver where the change of name was made from Correspondence Education to Distance Education in recognition of the modernisation of the field, led by open universities all round the world.

The OU has supported ICDE with two Presidents, firstly Sir John Daniel (1982-1985), the OU’s third Vice-Chancellor, who was very active in support of ICDE’s global presence, and secondly Professor David Sewart, Director of Student Services (1998-1991). David undertook a range of invaluable services for ICDE, including his support for the initiative that secured Norwegian Government funding for ICDE which continues to this day. David went on to act as Chair of ICDE Trustees, steering ICDE through troubled waters to assure its stability. The OU was pleased to act as host for the ICDE World Conference in Birmingham in 1995, and has contributed over the years to the ICDE Executive Committee through terms of office for a range of senior staff.

The OU has always appreciated the access to professional knowledge around the world that ICDE has facilitated through its meetings and publications, and the contribution to development and education that ICDE has consistently made with its partnership over many years with UNESCO.

Happy birthday ICDE! We look forward to many more years!

Professor Hazel Rymer
ICDE Executive Committee 2018 - 2021
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching Innovation)
The Open University

Professor Alan Tait
ICDE Executive Committee, 2012-2017    

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