As provided in the Universities Act No.7 of 2005 and the OUT charter 2007 the functions of the Open University of Tanzania are:

Teaching and Learning

The Open University of Tanzania offers affordable, innovative, relevant and quality degrees and non-degree programmes. In addition, the University provides an enabling environment for integrated continuous learning for students and its staff.

Research and Publication

OUT has created and will maintain a conducive environment to undertake relevant quality research and publications. It also publishes scholarly findings as part of its mandate to generate, preserve and disseminate knowledge in its own, local and international media and journals as well as electronic repositories.

Consultancy and Community Service

The consultancy and community services are integrated within the OUT core functions. In addition, the University participates in various community programmes, activities and services as part of its corporate social responsibility.