Introduction

www.lndx.edu.cn is the web portal for The Open University for Older Adults. It is the first national learning platform dedicated to serving older adults and professional staff in the pension services industry.

Structure

The Council

The Council is composed of leaders from the MOE, National Aging Working Committee, the Ministry of Civil Affairs, and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security; leaders from the OUC, National Aging Working Committee Office, CASW under the Ministry of Civil Affairs, and OSTA under the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security; leaders from the MOE Department of Vocational and Adult Education, the Veteran Cadre Bureau of the Organization Department of the CPC, and the Retired Cadres Bureau of the MOE.

The Council is responsible for reviewing and revising the articles of The Open University for Older Adults, reviewing its strategic positioning and development planning, and puts forward opinions and suggestions to the School Board.

School Board

The School Board consists of the President and Vice President. A relevant leader from the MOE or the President of the OUC is appointed as the President of The Open University for Older Adults. The Vice President and the heads of other relevant agencies are appointed by the President of The Open University for Older Adults.

The School Board is responsible for the construction and development of The Open University for Older Adults; the formulation of the annual work plan; creating proposals for the structure of internal institutions and personnel; the management of financial funds and assets; and dealing with the specific school affairs.

Teaching Steering Committee

The members of the Teaching Steering Committee are recommended by the OUC and its cooperative units, and are appointed by the President of The Open University for Older Adults. The Teaching Steering Committee is responsible for the design of The Open University for Older Adults’ relevant majors, and putting forward suggestions for curriculum construction, training programme development, process management, quality control, and certificate design.

History

In September 2013, the State Council’s Several Opinions on Accelerating the Development of Pension Services (Guo Fa [2013] No. 35) clearly stated the necessity of “supporting higher education institutions and secondary vocational schools to set up relevant majors and courses for pension services, in order to expand the scale of training” “by fully leveraging the role of the OUC in carrying out continuing education and distance degree education.”

In November 2013, the OUC set up a “Leadership Group for the Education of Older Adults”. President of the OUC Yang Zhijian serves as the group leader.

In January 2014, the OUC issued its Opinions on the Promotion of Education for Older Adults.

In April 2014, the President’s Office of the OUC reviewed and approved the Construction Scheme of The Open University for Older Adults. According to the Scheme, the OUC should set up majors relevant to workers in the pension services industry; carry out training projects on education and pension services; build an information platform for digital learning courses; build a new school system; and promote the construction of the demonstration base.

In addition, the OUC convened a review meeting for major construction. A professional training scheme for services, management, and social work for older adults has been reviewed and approved.

In May 2014, the Construction Scheme for The Open University for Older Adults was submitted to the Ministry of Education (MOE). Vice Minister of the MOE Lu Xin and Minister Yuan Guiren replied that "the scheme is both meaningful and feasible. It is suggested that positive support be given to the scheme. The scheme should serve as a national demonstration of education for the older adults".

Vice Premier of the State Council Liu Yandong issued important instructions to "reinforce the construction of The Open University for Older Adults to satisfy their learning needs".

In June 2014, as stated in Opinions on Accelerating the Cultivation of Pension Service Personnel proposed by the MOE, the Ministry of Finance (MOF), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and six other ministries, “the OUC should give full play to its school running advantages, set up pension services related majors, accelerate the construction of information-based learning resources and platforms, actively develop modern distance education, and explore a teaching and support service model for pension services personnel.” 

In July 2014, the first stage of the construction of The Open University for Older Adults was completed, and its website portal www.lndx.edu.cn commenced trial operation.

In August 2014, the learning resources for The Open University for Older Adults were completed, creating a resource library for the education of older adults, with the issuance and publication of the Resource Catalog of The Open University for Older Adults.

In November 2014, the OUC invited the National Aging Working Committee Office, the Occupational Skill Testing Authority (OSTA) under the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the CASW under the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Veteran Cadres Bureau of the Organization Department of the CPC, and the Retired Cadres Bureau of the MOE, and other institutions to form the Council of The Open University for Older Adults.

The OUC School for Vocational Education and Training signed a cooperation agreement with the Beijing Homemaking Service Association and Huaxia Zhongqing Housekeeping Service Company. They will work together to carry out training for the practitioners of housekeeping and pension services.

In December 2014, a seminar on the planning and design of the Healthy and Artistic Pension Service Experiential National Demonstration Centre (hereinafter referred to as the National Demonstration Centre) was held at the OUC Conference Center.

On January 28, 2015, The Open University for Older Adults was officially founded. Vice Minister of the MOE Lu Xin; Deputy Director of National Aging Working Committee Office, Wu Yushao; leaders from the Veteran Cadres Bureau of the Organization Department of the CPC, the Retired Cadres Bureau of the MOE, the MOE Department of Vocational and Adult Education, the CASW under the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Occupational Skill Testing Authority (OSTA) under the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security; and the heads of relevant veteran cadres bureaus, aging working committee offices, community colleges, universities for older adults, and sub-district offices attended the conference. In March 2015, the OUC established the Preparation Working Office for the National Demonstration Centre.

In April 2015, the planning and design proposal for the National Demonstration Centre was approved by the MOE.

On May 6-8, 2015, the OUC attended the Opening Ceremony of the Fourth China International Senior Services Expo and the Fourth Forum on the Development of the Chinese Senior Service Industry. The OUC's booth was designed around the theme "The Open University for Older Adults: Launching a New Education Services Model for Older Adults", fully demonstrating the top-level design and the school system of The Open University for Older Adults, focusing on the integrated design of degree and non-degree education for pension services practitioners and professional training programmes. It also displayed the website of The Open University for Older Adults, along with its apps, training platform, and education products. At the Expo, the OUC also introduced the planning and design of the National Demonstration Centre.

On May 7, 2015, the OUC and CASW jointly held a "forum on the education and construction of professional personnel for older adults". At the forum, both domestic and international experts had an in-depth discussion on the development of education and the cultivation of professional personnel for older adults.

On May 7-8, 2015, the OUC held a seminar on education for older adults in Beijing. 72 delegates including President of the OUC Yang Zhijian, Vice President Zhang Shaogang, Vice President Liu Chen of the OUC, and 41 leaders from branches of the OUC who are in charge of non-degree education or education for older adults attended the seminar. At the seminar, they held discussions on many aspects, including how to handle the OUC’s non-degree continuing education and The Open University for Older Adults, as well as training programmes, community education, and major construction.

In the first half of 2015, online and offline experiential classes including Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting (freehand brushwork flower-and-bird paintings), computers, smartphone use, vocal music, and Bridge (card game) were established, with the number of people enrolled reaching 204.

In July 2015, a feasibility study for the National Demonstration Centre was submitted to the MOE and NDRC for approval.

From March to July, 2015, The Open University for Older Adults developed the first versions of applications including the senior desktop, enrollment, happy learning class, app market, little helper, and bridge college, all of which have now officially launched.

In July 2015, the development of the pension service personnel training platform (short version) was completed.

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