Since 2016, the Open University of China (OUC) has been committed to exploring the construction of overseas learning centres in response to the call of the Central Committee of the Party and the State Council to provide open education outside China as part of the Belt and Road Initiatives.

The World Vocational and Technical Education Development Conference was held in Tianjin on 19 and 20 August 2022. Chinese President Xi Jinping sent it a congratulatory letter which Vice Premier Sun Chunlan read on his behalf, along with a speech delivered via video link.

An exceptional award ceremony was organised at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 24 June 2022 to celebrate the six laureates of the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICT in Education, including the Open University of China (OUC).

The presidents’ meeting of the Consortium for Benchmarking Framework and Data Set for Online, Open, Smart and Technology-enhanced Higher Education (Consortium for Benchmarking Framework in short) sponsored by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) was held via video conference on 10 January 2022. Fan Xianrui, vice president of the Open University of China (OUC), attended the meeting.

On 8 July 2021, Professor Shahbaz Khan, the new Resident Representative in the Beijing office of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in China, visited the Open University of China (OUC) with his delegation. Professor Khan gave high praise to the OUC’s achievements in using information technology to continue offering equitable access to education during Covid-19. On 21 July, Professor Khan wrote to Jing Degang, secretary of the OUC Party Committee and OUC president, to reiterate his position.

On 21 June 2021, the Open University of China (OUC) and the Open University in the UK (OUUK) jointly held an online teacher-training workshop for teachers from the OUC headquarters, aiming to enhance their capacity for both teaching and innovation. It consisted of three sessions covering online tutoring skills, class design, and curriculum and MOOC production. 30 teachers from the OUC’s ten departments were selected to participate.

The Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) held its 34th Annual Conference from 1 to 3 June 2021 at the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL). The conference was held both online and offline, and its theme was “Opening minds for a sustainable future: Re-orienting ODL to surmount challenges”. The paper submitted by the Open University of China (OUC), titled “Best Practices of Poverty Alleviation through ODE: A Case Study from the OUC” received a silver medal of AAOU Best Practice Award.

The presidents’ meeting of the “Consortium for Benchmarking Framework and Data Set for Online, Open, Smart, and Technology-enhanced Higher Education” (Consortium for Benchmarking Framework in short) sponsored by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) was held via video conference on 17 February 2021. Dr. Jing Degang, president of the Open University of China (OUC), attended the meeting and delivered a speech.