Recently the Open University of China (OUC) held a meeting with branches involved in the pilot use of the “One Network and One Platform”. Personnel from the OUC Information Technology and Learning Resources departments and other staff, including members of project-construction units, attended online, while personnel in charge of academic affairs, teaching, and IT from the pilot branches attended via video links.

Waving goodbye to 2021 and striding into the new year, on 30 December 2021 the Open University of China (OUC) held a celebration to welcome 2022 with the theme of "Forging Ahead Bravely and Creating a New Future". Members of the OUC leadership watched the performances, and Cao Guoyong, executive deputy secretary of the OUC Party Committee, delivered a speech.

The Cyberspace Administration of China recently released a list of selections to the “National Blockchain Innovative Application Pilot Programme” in education, with the Open University of China (OUC) selected in the area of  “blockchain + education”. A total of 14 projects are included from 14 institutions, including Tsinghua University, Peking University, and the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.

On 29 and 30 December 2021, the Open University of China (OUC) held interviews for visiting scholars of the 2022 "Sino-British Fellowship Trust Project" in Beijing. 33 teaching, management and research staff from open universities nationwide, including 11 from the OUC and 22 from local open universities, were interviewed by judges and experts both online and in-person. Staff from the OUC Discipline Inspection Department were invited to supervise and guide, with staff from the OUC Intercontinental Department and Department of Student Affairs and Teacher Development sitting in.

In order to promote the various education-reform initiatives currently underway at the OUC, its Faculty of Education held a forum, the first of its kind, on 23 December 2021, and invited discipline leaders and course leaders to discuss the topic in relation to majors, curriculum-resource construction, curriculum-evaluation design, team teaching, and other areas. Li Song, OUC vice president, delivered a speech, and the forum was chaired by Zhang Xia, vice dean of the Faculty of Education.

In order to quickly launch its "One Network and One Platform", on 21 December 2021 the Open University of China (OUC) held a workshop on its use for all teachers. Vice president Fan Xianrui delivered a speech, while Yuan Yaxing, director of the Information Technology Department, presided. The event was attended by more than 150 personnel from the Information Technology Department, representatives of the project contractors, and OUC teaching departments.

On 23 December, the Meeting of the Open University of China (OUC) to Advance Reform and Development in 2021 was convened in Beijing. The purpose of the meeting was to study and implement the guiding principles of the fifth and sixth Plenary Sessions of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), to investigate and deploy key tasks for 2022, and to accelerate the construction of world-class open universities with Chinese characteristics for high-quality development.

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.