INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON DISTANCE EDUCATION is a non-profit organisation established in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1997 to promote and develop
distance education programs. Since 2003 the Commission holds consultative status, special category, with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. Its Honorary President and Founder has been Prof. Dr Ilya
Prigogine, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, until his recent death.
The Commission offers a scheme of quality assessment audits to those member institutions that choose to join the scheme. It is open to all academic institutions that offer any form of distance taught programs and at all levels.
It is also open to students who choose to pursue Distance Learning.
Among the main objectives of the organisation are the promotion of distance education programs in emerging countries and the creation of a scholarship fund for students with demonstrable low levels of income in underdeveloped countries.
Each member institution of ICODE and all institutions that join the quality
assessment scheme are required to offer two scholarships annually for each
course audited. These scholarships are to be offered to students in emerging and undeveloped countries.
CODE is established in five regional centres across the five continents. It is represented in all the offices of the United Nations through delegates who inform
the Economic and Social Council of the concerns of the sector and keep track of programs designed to improve education levels and to reduce the technological
deficit of the least favoured countries.
EENI (School of International Business) is a certified member of this organisation since December 2003.