For more than three decades, the Open University Business School (OUBS) has emphasized preparation for its students prior to their entry into the business world. The school was opened in 1983, 14 years after the Open University itself began. The name is indicative of the effort to make higher education inclusive for all those seeking to further their studies.
After four years, a focus on funding an MBA program begun and only took two years to be achieved. The rapid speed of getting the school off the ground resulted in OUBS expanding into Eastern Europe and becoming the largest business school on the continent.
By 1992, the first MBA graduates earned their degrees, with an expansion into the field of law following five years later. In 2000, the school began accepting students at the undergraduate level, with additional Masters programs being added in 2004.
The advancement of online learning resulted in OUBS beginning what was entitled Electronic Virtual Learning Environment in 2007. Three years later, a new MBA program began and in 2013, Executive Education classes begun.