The Open University of China (OUC) officially established the Open University for Older Adults (OUOA) on 28 January 2015 in line with the guiding principles of the State Council’s Opinions on Accelerating the Development of Social Services for Older Adults and Decision on Vigorously Developing Vocational Education and acting on Comrade Liu Yandong’s instruction that “efforts should be made to strengthen the building of the Open University for Older Adults to satisfy their learning needs.

The council

The council consists of leaders from the Ministry of Education, the China National Working Commission on Ageing, the Ministry of Civil Affairs, and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, and leaders from the OUC, the Office of China National Working Commission on Ageing, China Association of Social Welfare under the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Occupational Skill Testing Authority (OSTA) under the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the Department of Vocational and Adult Education under the Ministry of Education, the Veteran Cadre Bureau of the Organisation Department of the CPC Central Committee, and the Retired Cadres Bureau of the Ministry of Education.

7 September 2021

On 7 September 2021, the first anniversary of a resource sharing platform for universities for older adults affiliated to China’s state organs, Wang Zhaoxu, director of the Financial Management Department of the National Government Offices Administration, together with four colleagues, toured the Open University of China (OUC) to investigate the development of online education at its University for Older Adults.

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