“The 2016 Annual National Publishing and Library World Reading Conference”, sponsored by the Library Society of China, the China Taofen Foundation, China Publishing Group, China Xinhua Bookstore Association, and the Books and Periodicals Distribution Association of China, was recently held in Yinchuan, Ningxia province.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015, the Open University of China (OUC) respectively compiled the China Distance Higher Education Development Research Report (2012), the China Distance Higher Education Development Research Report (2013), and the China Distance Higher Education Development Research Report (2014), published by the Open University of China Press (formerly China Central Radio and Television University Press).

Open Universities have experienced four years of exploration since the Ministry of Education’s approval of their establishment in 2012.

Open universities are a new thing. Whether discussing the Open University of China or local open universities represented by Shanghai Open University or Jiangsu Open University, all have explored their way forward in the process of construction over the past five years, striving to build a new type of open university that differs from traditional colleges and universities and that can integrate into the social life.

Editor's note: In order to implement the spirit of Opinions on Further Promoting the development of Community Education (shortened as "Opinions") jointly issued by the Ministry of Education and eight other ministries and commissions, to showcase the practical results of the system of the Open University of China in community education, and to publicise the OUC’s important role in constructing a lifelong education system, from November 8th to 12th 2016, the OUC News Centre organised a group of journalists under the theme "A Trip to the OUC: Stepping into Community Education" to enjoy an in-depth study of community education in Sichuan Province. The reporters’ group was composed of the Xinhua News Agency, People's Daily, China Education News, China Youth Daily, Farmers Daily, China Society News, China.org.cn, Online Learning and other media groups. The OUC’s news network will reproduce the interviews of the reporters in this column. We sincerely hope you will enjoy this feature.

Editor's note: In order to implement the spirit of Opinions on Further Promoting the development of Community Education (shortened as "Opinions") jointly issued by the Ministry of Education and eight other ministries and commissions, to showcase the practical results of the system of the Open University of China in community education, and to publicise the OUC’s important role in constructing a lifelong education system, from November 8th to 12th 2016, the OUC News Centre organised a group of journalists under the theme A Trip to the OUC: Stepping into Community Education to enjoy an in-depth study of community education in Sichuan Province. The reporters’ group was composed of the Xinhua News Agency, People's Daily, China Education News, China Youth Daily, Farmers Daily, China Society News, China.org.cn, Online Learning and other media groups. The OUC’s news network will reproduce the interviews of the reporters in this column. We sincerely hope you will enjoy this feature.

Editor's note: In order to implement the spirit of Opinions on Further Promoting the development of Community Education (shortened as "Opinions") jointly issued by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and eight other ministries and commissions, to showcase the practical results of the system of the Open University of China (OUC) in community education, and to publicise the OUC’s important role in constructing a lifelong education system, from November 8th to 12th 2016, the OUC News Centre organised a group of journalists under the theme A Trip to the OUC: Stepping into Community Education to enjoy an in-depth study of community education in Sichuan Province. The reporters’ group was composed of the Xinhua News Agency, People's Daily, China Education News, China Youth Daily, Farmers Daily, China Society News, China.org.cn, Online Learning and other media groups. The OUC’s news network will reproduce the interviews of the reporters in this column. We sincerely hope you will enjoy this feature.

On October 20, 2016, OUC's work symposium on non-degree education & the 3rd session of the 5th executive council meeting of national open universities (radio and television universities) non-degree education association was held in Hangzhou.