According to the statistics bulletin for 2016 social service development released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, as of the end of 2016, the number of adults in China aged 60 or above has reached 230.86 million, accounting for 16.7% of the total population.

The 2017 "Realising Dreams of Further Education" initiative for migrant workers in Hainan, jointly implemented by Hainan Federation of Trade Unions, Hainan Education Bureau, and Hainan RTVU, was recently launched in Haikou.

At the 2016 spring graduation ceremony held at Shenzhen Radio and Television University (Shenzhen RTVU), one very special graduate captured people’s attention. Although she is wheelchair-bound, she was one of the most successful RTVU graduates, making the other graduates feel envy rather than sympathy. That student is Ou Shaojuan from Shenzhen RTVU’s School for the Disabled. During her time studying at Shenzhen RTVU, Ou Shaojuan obtained two junior college certificates, two undergraduate certificates, and a bachelor’s degree.

In mid-summer, when the sun was burning like a fire ball, Old Li, a farmer, felt like he had ice in his heart. A member of the family successfully passing the college examination should be a happy occasion. However, when Old Li’s son, Li Xutong, received his college admission letter, it put the family in an awkward situation. And then, to add to the drama, Li Xutong unexpectedly ran away from home.

The newly founded School of Art Education not only develops continuing degree education, but also non-degree education. After years of development, the OUC possesses an abundance of high-quality art course resources. Many of the audio and video materials, and CAI courseware, have been recognised nationally. Publicly broadcast non-degree education resources have also been well received.

Recently, Yu Hongmei, a 39-year-old female entrepreneur in the Xinzhou District of Wuhan City, said that she would donate 1 million yuan to establish a fund to support students at her alma mater, Wuhan Radio and Television University (Wuhan RTVU).

On June 30th, 2017, in conjunction with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MHRSS) and Ministry of Education (MOE), the Open University of China (OUC) held a graduation ceremony for its senior workshop on "Internet+ Higher Continuing Education for Promoting Industrial/Enterprise Transformation and Upgrading." At the ceremony, hundreds of people earned training certificates issued by the MHRSS Professional Technician Management Division.

"I hadn’t expected to be honoured as an ‘Excellent Rural College Student’ when I was 44 years old. It made me prouder than doing business and making money ever did,” Hu Quanbo, a student of the Open University of China(OUC), said happily.