We are currently entering a critical period in the prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic. Based on a series of important instructions given by general secretary Xi Jinping for epidemic prevention and control and the work arrangement of the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Party Committee of the Open University of China (OUC) attaches great importance to epidemic prevention and control work, and is actively implementing various prevention and control requirements. The university is concerned for the health of its 100,000 teachers and more than 4 million students and their families across China, in particular, teachers, students, and their families in branches in Hubei and Wuhan.

As a response to a call from the Ministry of Education (MOE) to "offer teaching and learning online after the postponement of the spring semester" and in order to serve needs of elderly students for home-based epidemic protection and diversified learning, on 3 February 2020, the Open University for Older Adults of the Open University of China (OUC)issued a proposal for the "Happy Learning and Epidemic Prevention” joint action and launched a public welfare classroom together with other open universities for the elderly in each province and its directly affiliated colleges for the elderly by actively gathering curriculum resources on subjects such as health and epidemic prevention, endeavouring to use the power of knowledge and the spirit of happy learning to control the epidemic.

Promoting and carrying forward community education is a new channel for the Open University of China (OUC) system to serve lifelong learning in China.

In order to implement the epidemic prevention and control work deployed by the Central Party Committee and State Council, and respond to the Ministry of Education’s call for educational institutions to “offer online learning after the postponement of the spring semester” to help both teachers and students to avoid the risk of spreading COVID-19 during offline classes, the Open University of China (OUC) is working with three domestic internet giants, Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent, to launch activities with the theme of “ceaseless learning, epidemic without fear.”

In face of the severe outbreak of COVID-19, Chinese people nationwide are working hard to fight against the spread of COVID-19. The Open University of China (OUC) has actively responded to the state’s call to “offer online learning after the postponement of the spring semester” and is proving a large number of quality online courses to the public for free.

Editor's notes: A photography contest titled "Moving Moments" at the Open University of China (OUC) ended recently, with 10 first prizes, 20 second prizes, 30 third prizes and 51 awards of excellence being given. The works in this exhibit record all different kinds of important moments, transmit positive energy, and reflect the way OUC students carefully observe life and actively serve society. The award-winning works will be published on the OUC portal.

Editor's notes: A photography contest titled "Moving Moments" at the Open University of China (OUC) ended recently, with 10 first prizes, 20 second prizes, 30 third prizes and 51 awards of excellence being given. The works in this exhibit record all different kinds of important moments, transmit positive energy, and reflect the way OUC students carefully observe life and actively serve society. The award-winning works will be published on the OUC portal.

Editor's notes: A photography contest titled "Moving Moments" at the Open University of China (OUC) ended recently, with 10 first prizes, 20 second prizes, 30 third prizes and 51 awards of excellence being given. The works in this exhibit record all different kinds of important moments, transmit positive energy, and reflect the way OUC students carefully observe life and actively serve society. The award-winning works will be published on the OUC portal.