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.
Before an exam, do you still go to tutorial classes? Without going to classes, is it still necessary to borrow the notes of classmates? Do you still have to go to the library to search for information? Information technology has brought new modes for those learning needs. Through mobile terminals, the above mentioned requirements will be integrated into routine learning activities.
“For ordinary teachers, although we don't control the destiny of the Open University of China (OUC), we can try our best to march towards our dream of the OUC in our heart. In the process, we can play a valuable role as teachers of the OUC, feeling a sense of self-satisfaction, and undertake the responsibility of the OUC in the name of the teachers!”
On August 6, the Open University of China (OUC) established Yanoda School of International Tourism in Hainan. Jointly founded by Hainan Radio and TV University (RTVU) and Hainan Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Tourism Zone, the School aims to set up universities for businesses and train badly needed qualified personnel, through an innovative model combining school-enterprise cooperation and professional training. The founders said they would strive to make Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Tourism Zone the first open education model of a "learning" enterprise in Hainan.
June 19-20 saw the convening of the 2014 MOOC Development Forum of Chinese Universities in Beijing. With the theme Initiating a New Era of MOOC Learning, the forum, sponsored by Distance Education in China, focused on the new characteristics and trends in future university education, highlighted discussions on MOOC’s new thoughts, new methods and new measures in promoting teaching mode innovation and improving education quality. The Open University of China (OUC) shared its experience on MOOC practice in the past two years.
On July 31, 2014, 90 cadres of CPC Organization Department nationwide who attended the symposium on online training visited the Open University of China (OUC). The visiting group paid a visit to the exhibition room showcasing the history of the OUC, themed “Deep Integration of Information Technology and Education”, it featured cloud classrooms, digital libraries, etc.
The review process for the Open University of China (OUC) 2013 scholarships came to an end today. A total of 8,904 OUC students were awarded scholarships. Among them, 7,725 students were granted OUC scholarships, 579 students won OUC “Field of Hope” scholarships, 100 students won the Sunlight Scholarship for Special Education of the OUC (Education for the Disabled), and 500 were granted Scholarship for Non-Commissioned Officers.