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The Open University Faculty of Business and Law International Faculty Fellowships

Each year the Faculty of Business and Law at The Open University Business School in the United Kingdom makes available a series of International Fellowships to support faculty from educational institutions in other countries to visit and collaborate with Open University faculty.

The Faculty of Business and Law dedicates at least two fellowships to supporting faculty from the GBSN network to visit the institution for a period of 3 to 6 weeks to work and learn about the Open University approach to distance and online learning, giving priority to faculty in developing country schools.

The application period for the 2019 fellowships are now closed.

Faculty Fellowship General Information

Fellows should expect to learn actively by collaborating with Open University faculty to produce some online learning material which should be available for use both at the Open University and the home institution of the Fellow. Optionally this material could be produced as an open educational resource and made available more widely under a creative commons license.

Preference will be given to applications from schools with a potential interest in developing a longer term collaboration.

The fellowship will fund reasonable international travel, accommodation and daily living expenses for the duration of fellowship visits. Each fellowship provides the following:

  • Economy return air travel and reasonable expenses from successful applicants’ home country
  • Accommodation and a weekly subsistence allowance for the duration of the fellowship visits
  • Office accommodation within the faculty during fellowship visits to Milton Keynes
  • Support from staff from the faculty and the wider Open University

Timings of visits are by negotiation,  but should normally commence before August 2019.


Schools interested in recommending a member of their faculty for one of the fellowships are invited to have an initial informal conversation with Professor Mark Fenton-O’Creevy, Associate Dean External Engagement.

Mark Fenton-O’Creevy
Associate Dean, External Engagement

About The Open University Business School

The Open University Business School (OUBS) is accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA and teaches through the medium of online and distance learning. OUBS is one of 30 schools profiled under the banner “Innovations that Inspire” as part of the AACSB 2016 Centenary celebrations.

Whilst its approach to teaching and learning is commonly described as distance learning, this is a term we increasingly avoid. We believe that what matters is not student distance from a campus but our ability to bring learning close to its context of application and to ensure that students have a highly engaging, interactive and well supported learning experience in which they have significant opportunities to learn with and from their peers as well as from faculty.

A particular feature of its pedagogic approach is a practice-based focus for learning which uses students working context as a resource for learning and a context in which learning can be applied. We pay particular attention to learning design and invest significantly in the creation of learning materials. Students are supported in small groups at a ratio of 16 to 20 students per tutor.

The School uses its distinctive approach to deliver quality at scale supporting over 8,000 students (in terms of full-time equivalent) in around 80 different countries.

2017 Faculty Fellows

Two faculty members were selected for the 2017 GBSN Faculty Fellowships. The fellows were Dr. Wilfred Manuela, Asian Institute of Management and Ian Wairua, Strathmore University.

The two of them stayed at the university for 6 weeks during November and December of 2017.

Dr. Wilfred Manuela

Associate Professor
Asian Institute of Management (AIM)
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Ian Wairua

Faculty Member and Doctoral Fellow
Strathmore University
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2016 Faculty Fellows

Four faculty members from Lagos Business School were selected for the 2016 Faculty Fellowships. The four of them stayed at the university for 6 weeks during November and December of 2016.

The fellows are Ogechi Adeola, Yetunde Anibaba, Nubi Achebo and Obinna Muogboh.

Ogechi Adeola
Professor of Marketing Management
Lagos Business School

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Yetunde Anibaba
Professor of Analysis of Business Problems (ABP) and Decision-Making
Lagos Business School

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Nubi Achebo
Director for Instructional Design and Technology
Lagos Business School

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Obinna Muogboh
Faculty & Research
Lagos Business School

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The 2016 Faculty fellows from Lagos Business School with The Open University faculty.