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.

The critical period of the 13th Five-Year Plan is of decisive significance to realise the first centenary goal of the Communist Party of China, that is, “to build a moderately prosperous society in all aspects”; to accomplish China’s three strategic objectives of education, i.e., “to basically modernise education, to basically shape a learning society, and to become a nation with significant human resources”; and to build the OUC into a new type of university, a high-level open university with Chinese characteristics, and an important pillar of the learning society.

With the approval of the Ministry of Education (MOE), in 2012 the Open University of China (OUC) was built on the foundation of China Central Radio and TV University (CCRTVU) and was inaugurated in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

In order to cater to the lifelong learning demands of the whole country, it is necessary to expand lifelong learning channels, positively explore the construction of a credit bank, create the credit bank system model and "framework+standard", design the architecture for the Open University of China’s (OUC) credit bank system, and promote practical exploration.