Over the past 30 years or so, talent has become a key element of the development and reform of rural China. Modern distance education has played an invaluable role in the process of cultivating talent.On 30 May, the OUC held the 22nd Roundtable Conference on China Distance Education in Hangzhou. Nearly a hundred delegates attended, including specialists and leaders from the OUC, China National Institute for Educational Research, China Agricultural University, China Liaoyuan Radio and TV School, Jiangsu Radio and TV University and Zhejiang Radio and TV University.They examined the historical mission of distance education in modern times, focusing on the Rural Students Training Programme of Zhejiang Radio and TV University.

 The OUC held its 2010 Admissions Conference in Qingdao from 26 to 28 May. The main theme of the conference was new situations, requirements and ways of thinking. The OUC needs to have a clear development direction, focus on effective management, use innovative admissions procedures, improve the quality of work and further advance the development of open education. Delegates summarised 2010 spring admissions, exchanged experiences from their various locations, analysed the points and problems arising from open education admissions, explored how to strengthen the management and improve the quality of admissions, as well as preparing for 2010 autumn admissions.

 The Open University of China, together with the Library Association of China, initiates the 2010 reading project of the China radio and TV universities Hand in Hand—A Reading Movement among Rural Youth.

The Movement will organise experts in the related fields through the Internet and other media to

Director-General Zhang Daliang and Director Liu Ying from the Ministry of Education pay a working visit to the OUC on 30th March. Photographed here in the Video-Conferencing Centre of the OUC (This photo shows Director Liu Ying, President Ge Daokai, Director-General Zhang Daliang and Vice President Li Linshu)

On 30th March 2010, Mr. Zhang Daliang, the Director-General of the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education, and Ms. Liu Ying, the Director

 To improve the teaching quality of distance education for people with disabilities, and to upgrade the overall teaching management of the School for the Disabled of the Open University of China (OUC), we have carried out the selection for national model tutorial centres or schools in 2009.Three branch schools –Inner Mongolia School, Shenzhen School and Wuhan School- were selected. Each of these three branch schools was awarded a special subsidy of

The Fourth Confucius Institute Conference opened in Beijing on December 11th, 2009. The opening ceremony was chaired by Yuan Guiren, Chinese Minister of Education and Vice President of the Board of Trustee of the Confucius Institute Headquarter. Liu Yandong, State Councilor and President of the Board of Trustee of the Confucius Institute Headquarter, delivered a keynote speech. More than 1,000 distinguished guests from both home and abroad, including presidents of Confucius institutes from

On 8 January 2010, a selection named "the Maoda Yuancheng Cup" (the Cup for Distance Education from the University of International Business and Economics) sponsored by the journal of China Distance Education and assisted by the School of Distance Education of the University of International Business and Economics unveiled the result of the ten most influential events on China modern distance education in the past ten years (1999-2009). The selection was guided by

At the dawn of the year 2010, President Ge Daokai and Party Committee Secretary Ruan Zhiyong of the Open University of China (OUC)sent congratulatory message to extend their New Year greetings to all the staff members and retirees engaged in the educational work in all radio and TV universities in China (CRVTUs), to all the leaders and friends from all walks of life and school alumni at home and abroad who have given their concern and support to the development of CRTVUs. The full text can be read as follows: