A group of retired senior leaders of the Ministry of Education (MOE) including Zhang Xiaowen, Liu Bin, Wang Mingda, Tian Shulan, and Zhu Xinjun came to visit the OUC on the morning of 12 June 2014.

Accompanied by Yang Zhijian, President of the OUC, Li Ling, Vice President of the OUC, and Liu Chen, the Assistant to the President, the team of old cadres appreciated “The OUC Rhapsody” and visited the school history exhibition with the theme “Deep Integration of Information Technology and Education — From RTVU to the OUC”.

Three ceremonies: the inauguration of PCAERI of the OUC, Your Art Network (Art Education Network) of the OUC going online, and a news conference for the painting and calligraphy exhibition to celebrate the PCAERI, were held at the teaching building for distance education of the OUC on 20 June.

On 3 July 2013, the School of Art of the Open University of China (OUC) was established. The establishment of the School of Art was based on the OUC’s objective, positioning, and functions of running the school, with the aim of integrating better arts resources, propelling the construction of course resources, and carrying out social art education to satisfy the art education needs of all members of society in every respect, and to focus on offering non-degree education in the arts.

Beijing Xicheng Community Youth Club Dragon Boat Competition, the first of its kind, was held at the Beijing Jinfan Water Sport Club on May 29. A total of 34 teams registered for this competition. They included teams from 13 central authorities, enterprises, and institutions like the National People’s Congress (NPC), the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), and the Ministry of Education (MOE), teams from five youth league organizations from such districts as of Dongcheng and Chaoyang, as well as 16 community youth clubs in Xicheng District.

Deputy Director-General of the Department of Vocational and Adult Education (DVAE) Liu Jiantong and Director of the Division of Distance and Continuing Education Liu Ying, from the Ministry of Education (MOE), led a team of 15 youth cadres from their subordinate Administrative Office, Division of Comprehensive Affairs, Division of Distance and Continuing Education, Division of Adult Education, Division of Teaching Materials and Division of Moral Education on a tour of the OUC in order for them to carry out research related to their field. 

The 18th China International Software Exhibition, with the theme “Software Leads Information Consumption and Helps With Economic Transformation and Upgrading”, was held in Beijing from May 29th to 31st, 2014. The Education and Training Committee of the China Software Industry Association (CSIA), together with the School of Software of the Open University of China (OUC), jointly organized the “Software Talents Training Forum” on May 30th, which welcomed more than 100 conference representatives from colleges and universities, industries, and enterprises.

A Traveler’s Song, a renowned poem from the Tang Dynasty, thoroughly stirred the emotions of all in attendance after being interpreted by Professor Cheng Yuzhui of Peking University. This is the actual picture of the meeting place for the “Cultivating and Practicing Socialist Core Values Seminar — Classic Poetry Appreciation and Humanistic Quality Promotion”. The report concluded in warm applause, and Professor Cheng bowed to the audience several times. His solemn and modest attitude won him the respect and appreciation of the whole audience.

A few days ago, the Open University of China (OUC) approved 14 institutions, including Qingdao Community University, to be among the first batch of the OUC experimental centres for community education, and approved 39 institutions, including Taiyuan Community University, Shanxi, to be among the first batch of the OUC experimental bases for community education, in order to: better study the role that community education plays in the construction of the lifelong education system, better understand how distance education can promote lifelong learning for all, thoroughly explore new teaching models, share and expand resources for community education, and to actively promote the advancement of the study and implementation of community education. (The lists are attached below.)