Editor’s Note: Wang Ying is a Social Work student at the OUC’s Tianjin School for the Disabled. She was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma at birth, but the disability doesn’t prevent her from pursuing knowledge. She is a diligent student, and has continued studying to enhance her knowledge. Thus far, she has completed studies in the Social Work programme, as well as in Chinese Language and Literature, Psychology, Law, and other majors. She is passionate about China, both ancient studies and modern literature, and her love for writing has led to published works. We hope that Wang Ying’s story will inspire more students to pursue their dreams and fully realise their potential.

Editor's note: Zhang Bian is the Rio Paralympics wheelchair table tennis champion. She studied at Jiangsu Open University’s Lianyungang School, majoring in Social Work in the autumn 2014 class at the OUC's School for the Disabled. She was the class monitor.

Feng Yuqin was an accounting student at the Ningxia Branch of the Open University of China (OUC). In 2002, she began 14 years of service work for the elderly.

On 22nd November, 2016, migrant workers learnt how to log on to the online classroom at the opening ceremony of “I Go to University at ‘IYK’”.

In June 2008, I was fortunate enough to be able to work in the finance department of the Guofang Department Store in Zhangye. In 2011, I was promoted to department supervisor.

“I am a senior in RTVU and this is my third time to choose RTVU for further studies. All three of my university studies have been completed at RTVU,” as senior student representative, Zhou Yonghong, from the fall 2014 civil engineering undergraduate programme, stated during the fall 2016 semester opening ceremony of Lishui RTVU.

I am from the countryside. Because my father was ill and my younger brother and sister had to go to school, I shouldered the burden of familial responsibility and went to find a job instead of continuing my studies after graduating from high school. In the blink of an eye, more than ten years had passed.

September 24, 2016, marked the new semester opening ceremony for Lishui RTVU freshmen. Approximately five hundred freshmen attended the ceremony. Among them was Zeng Zhiqiang, a teenager with cerebral palsy majoring in the information management junior college programme. Just a month previously he had been struggling with the decision of whether to stay in Lishui or move somewhere else with his family for college.