On October 31, 2014, the Open University of China (OUC) and China Association of Social Welfare (CASW) signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement to jointly foster the construction of The OUC Open University for Older Adults. Yang Zhijian, Liu Chen, relevant department heads from the OUC, Executive Vice Chairman of CASW Zhang Mingliang, Vice Chairman and General Secretary of CASW Feng Xiaoli, and related personnel attended the signing ceremony.

On October 25, 2014, the i-3D Print Experience Room designed and constructed by the OUC was officially put into use. Under the instruction of staff from the Research and Development Centre for Digital Learning of the Open University of China (OUC), more than ten teachers and students from Beijing Jingshan School learned about the operation of 3D printing technology, experienced the magical effects of the technology and printed 3D models in the Experience Room, which is located at Zhongguancun College in Haidian District.

Under the guidance of the Open University of China (OUC) and the National Modern Distance Education Consortium for Higher Education Institutions, the journal Distance Education in China will hold the 13th China International Distance Education Conference 2014 in Beijing from November 27 to 28, 2014.

On September 9, 2014, a tasteful and beautiful performance of the Peking Opera “Drunken Concubine”, the first of its kind at the Open University of China (OUC), was held to mark the announcement and debut of the OUC Peking Opera Research and Study Society after preparation for nearly two years. The announcement was made as part of the cultural activities held to celebrate 2014 Teachers’ Day.

On October 18-19, 2014, Innovative Development of Higher Vocational Education and the 2014 Annual National Joint Conference of Vocational Technical College Presidents was held in Taizhou City, Jiangsu Province. The annual conference was sponsored by the National Joint Conference of Vocational Technical College Presidents and was divided into five modules.

September 24-26, 2014 saw the convening of the Ninth Seminar of Bohai Sea Rim Community Education Cooperation Organization in the City of Dalian, Liaoning Province.

Cai Yan, Deputy Director of the Adult Training Division of the MOE Department of Vocational and Adult Education, attended the seminar. She indicated that China is now at a crucial stage in comprehensively building a moderately prosperous society, which means that continuing education is faced with a rare development opportunity.

Recently, the preparation of “The Open University for Older Adults” implemented by the Open University of China (OUC) has made solid progress in promoting education for older adults, constructing an open university for older adults, investigating and analyzing demand, studying basic theory and real-time issues, implementing the construction of professional disciplines, developing non-degree projects, building platform course resources, and system construction.

 

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