The Intercultural Open University Foundation is a distance learning institution. Founded in 1981, the IOU Foundation is registered and based in The Netherlands. The IOU Foundation provides a personalized, mentored educational experience for graduate students and functions as a charitable educational foundation for social change. All faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
Intercultural Open University Foundation traces its origins to a 1980 colloquium with Dutch, German, and English professors at Bosk House in the village of Opeinde in the Netherlands. At this meeting, Dr. Jan R. Hakemulder proposed that an open university be established to provide an innovative, learner-centered educational environment devoted to social change and research in a global perspective. From this meeting, Intercultural Open University Foundation was established.
The status of the Intercultural Open University Foundation has been questioned by UNESCO (Nairobi) and by John Bear. However, in August 2008, the Intercultural Open University Foundation was reorganized with the intention of breaking from past manifestations.
The faculty includes Ray Miller, PhD author of The Jersey Devil which was filmed as 13th Child , Muneo Yoshikawa, PhD is the author of Japanese Language and Culture for Business and Travel. and developed the "Double Swing Model" that conceptualizes how individuals and cultures can meet in constructive ways.
The Intercultural Open University Foundation is a member of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE), the European Distance Education Network (EDEN), the ANUVHIBA Peace Movement, and the International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP). The Intercultural Open University Foundation is a full member of the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning.