Aside from being a proponent of new and alternative modes of learning, the UP Open University has also instituted programs in emerging disciples like multimedia studies, education studies, international health, R&D managementland valuation and management, and ASEAN studies. These degree courses are ground breaking for taking a more taking a more trans-disciplinary approach to teaching a profession or addressing pressing issues in newly established or overlooked sectors. Some of the courses are the only courses of their kind in the country (BES, DR&DM, MLVM) and MIH) and the world (MAS).