Since 2016, the Open University of China (OUC) has been committed to exploring the construction of overseas learning centres in response to the call of the Central Committee of the Party and the State Council to provide open education outside China as part of the Belt and Road Initiatives.

20 April 2022, the start of Guyu, or "Millet Rain", the sixth solar term in the Chinese lunar calendar, was designated as the 13th UN Chinese Language Day. The Open University of China (OUC) celebrated the event for the first time, organising activities related to writing the 24 solar terms in seal-script style. Ms. Fan Xianrui, vice president of the OUC, attended the event and spoke at the opening ceremony.

The presidents’ meeting of the Consortium for Benchmarking Framework and Data Set for Online, Open, Smart and Technology-enhanced Higher Education (Consortium for Benchmarking Framework in short) sponsored by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) was held via video conference on 10 January 2022. Fan Xianrui, vice president of the Open University of China (OUC), attended the meeting.

The Open University of China (OUC) and the Open University, UK (OUUK) jointly held three sessions of online teacher-training workshops at the OUC headquarters from 21 - 25 June, 6 - 10 September, and 11 - 15 October 2021.

On 21 June 2021, the Open University of China (OUC) and the Open University in the UK (OUUK) jointly held an online teacher-training workshop for teachers from the OUC headquarters, aiming to enhance their capacity for both teaching and innovation. It consisted of three sessions covering online tutoring skills, class design, and curriculum and MOOC production. 30 teachers from the OUC’s ten departments were selected to participate.

An opening ceremony for the China-Germany Master’s Degree Programme, jointly launched by the Open University of China (OUC), Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU), and the Beijing International Institute of Asia-Europe Education and Culture (AEEC Institute Beijing), was held on 18 April 2021, a day which also witnessed the unveiling of a related training centre. This centre, to be established at the OUC, will undertake project cooperation.