List of top distance learning universities offering best accredited degree programs and courses:
University of London (UK) - It is one of the world's leading academic institutions, internationally recognised as a centre of excellence. The University offers a broad range of undergraduate (BSc, BA, LLB) and postgraduate (MA, MSc, LLM, MBA, MRes) courses as well as diplomas, certificates and shorter courses. It was the first university to offer opportunities to study for its degrees worldwide to individuals who were not able to study on campus in London.
Open University (UK) - It is one of the top distance learning universities in the world. The University offers a range of qualifications and courses including degrees, diplomas and certificates. Most courses are available throughout Europe and some are available worldwide directly from the OU. In 2010 the University is holding 26 degree ceremonies in 17 locations including Dublin, Manchester, Glasgow, Ely and Versailles. Open University has been ranked among the global top 500 institutions in the THE-QS World University Rankings.
University of Phoenix (USA)- Since 1989, the University of Phoenix has been offering online distance learning education options. Students can earn an associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree online. For military students exploring distance learning education options, the University allows you to earn your degree while serving your country stateside or overseas. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
University of Southern Queensland (Australia) - USQ offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs/courses to off-campus students across Australia and internationally. The University has won the Commonwealth of Learning Award of Excellence for Institutional Achievement at the 3rd Pan Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning. In addition, USQ's Distance and e-Learning Centre acts as the secretariat for the Australasian Council on Open, Distance and e-Learning (ACODE), the peak Australasian organisation for universities engaged or interested in open, distance, flexible and e-learning.
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World of University Ranking and League Table
In UK there are some university league tables published every year by The Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. In Australia the Good Universities Guide rating is a very useful handbook for anyone choosing a tertiary institution. For more information please see University Ranking by Country.