On 28th to 29th March 2017, a meeting to review the launch of the pilot project for the accumulation and transfer of higher vocational education learning outcomes was held at the OUC headquarters. The meeting marked the launch of the pilot project for the accumulation and transfer of higher vocational education learning outcomes specified in the MOE's Action Plan for Higher Vocational Education Innovation and Development (2015-2018).

The director of the Higher Vocational Education Development Division of the MOE's Department of Vocational and Adult Education, Lin Yu, attended the meeting and delivered a speech. The meeting was presided over by vice president of the OUC and team leader of the pilot working team Li Linshu. OUC Vice president Liu Chen, executive vice chairman of the China Adult Education Association Liu Zhipeng, vice chairman of the China Electronic Commerce Association (CECA) Lu Chunyang, CPC Party secretary of Jiangsu Agri-animal Husbandry Vocational College Ji Wenlin, president of Shanxi Finance & Taxation College Zhao Lisheng, president of Dalian Neusoft University of Information Wen Tao, college-level supervisor of Hunan Network Engineering Vocational College Luo Zhi, vice president of Beijing Institute of Economics and Management Chang Hongmei, and vice president of Beijing Health Vocational College Guo Jiyan were invited to sit on the review panel. Over 110 people attended the conference, including the heads of the pilot application units, project leaders, the heads of the teaching affairs department, the heads of relevant OUC departments, and liaison contacts in charge of the project.

Lin Yu pointed out that the Action Plan for Higher Vocational Education Innovation and Development (2015-2018) provides a road map for the reform and development of higher vocational education in China prior to the 13th Five-Year Plan period. In the future, the credit bank system is needed to promote the construction of a modern vocational education system, setup a mutual credit recognition bridge, and enable communication and connection between vocational education and ordinary education. The OUC Credit Bank has prepared for the accumulation and transfer of learning outcomes, engaging in specifically detailed works and laying a solid foundation for the pilot project. Lin Yu hopes that under the leadership of the OUC, the Alliance for Learning Outcomes Accreditation can surpass expectations and gain new experience through the OUC’s joint efforts and positive promotion. Building on the existing bilateral consensus, the OUC came up with multilateral consensus and eventually created the universally recognised standards for the alliance. In this way, it has exerted its influence and achieved success for the pilot. The project has now entered the launch review stage and it is hoped that all the experts will engage in a strict review process, in order to take the project to new heights and ensure that it becomes a model for future projects.

The executive deputy director of the OUC Credit Bank Management Office (Learning Outcomes Accreditation Centre) introduced the credit bank's model, technical pathways, system framework, and business process. He also reported the current state of preparation for the pilot project and elaborated on the arrangement of the launch review panel. He also briefly introduced how to apply for the Alliance of Learning Outcomes Accreditation and described the relevant specifications and requirements. The representatives from the pilot units and the heads of the OUC Credit Bank Management Office (Learning Outcomes Accreditation Centre) interacted with each other during the Q&A section.

The executive deputy director of the Working Office of the MOE Industry Vocational Education Teaching Guidance Committee, Wang Guochuan, put forward specific requirements for the pilot project. Firstly, the pilot units should attach great importance to the pilot project and ensure that personnel and expenses are arranged accordingly. They should apply to the provincial education administrative department for the project launch and include the content of the Action Plan for Higher Vocational Education Innovation and Development (2015-2018) when implementing the project in their provinces and seeking policy and financial support. Secondly, the pilot units should carefully study and understand the pilot working scheme and related guidance, and formulate their own scheme based on this. The liaison units should study their respective teaching and cultivation plans, and formulate a special training plan for undergraduates, along with standards for the accreditation and transfer of credits from previously studied courses. Through the pilot, they should accumulate learning outcomes, promote education and teaching reform, and promote policy making by local education and administrative authorities. Thirdly, the pilot units should keep a record of any problems occurring during the pilot implementation process, which they should then pass on to the secretariat.

By Credit Bank, OUC