Distance Education (DE) is all about access. It is often defined as simply a form of education in which the learner and instructor are separated during the majority of stages in learning processes. It is the institutional or organizational provision of support for learners that involves almost no on-site attendance or face-to-face contact on the part of the learner. Yet, it provides an equivalent level of academic quality and learning experience as on-site, face-to-face delivery for the same learning outcomes.
The centre was established in 2011 as a continuation to the same Centre at the formerly University of Juba. It is intended to serve that category of students who wish to enroll for programs offered through distance education. The centre strives to present a flexible module of learning to those who were unable to access opportunities of a regular education. Unlike the conventional education, DE aims at offering access to quality education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to a wide range of applicants with no limit to place and time, and with less constraints/ barriers resulting from nature of job, economic and social status, or age of the applicants.