On January 14, 2015, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Steve Hill and the Project Manager-China Julia Guangyu YANG of the Open University Worldwide, the Open University, UK (OUUK), visited the Open University of China (OUC). Zhang Shaogang, Vice President of the OUC, and the heads of the International Cooperation and Exchange Department, Research Institute of Open and Distance Education, and the Chinese Language Centre met with the guests and discussed how to promote exchange and cooperation between the two sides.
On January 8, 2015, President of the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK), Professor Yuk-Shan Wong, visited the Open University of China (OUC). President of the OUC Yang Zhijian, Vice President of the OUC Li Ling, and Vice President of the OUC Zhang Shaogang met with Professor Yuk-Shan Wong.
On the morning of January 13, 2015, delegates led by Education Attaché Mr. Priyanto Wibowo from the Education Office of the Indonesian Embassy in China visited the OUC. Mr. Yang Zhijian, President of The Open University of China (OUC), and Mr. Zhang Shaogang, Vice President of the OUC, held in-depth discussions with the delegates on promoting educational and cultural exchange between China and Indonesia and the construction of a “Sino-Indonesian Distance Education Development Eco System”. At the end of the discussions they reached a consensus.
The International Council for Open and Distance Education Standing Conference of Presidents 2014 (ICDE SCOP 2014)–the Presidents’Summit on Open Education Models was held in Indonesia from November 18th to 22nd. Vice President Li Ling of The Open University of China (OUC) attended the meeting and took part in discussions of related issues.
On November 13, 2014, The Open University of China (OUC) and the TRAMPIL Foundation of Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding on future cooperation in Beijing. Both parties expect to carry out wide ranging cooperation in the training of local teachers teaching Chinese in Indonesia, in order to help them improve their Chinese teaching ability, information technology and multi-media skills, familiarize themselves with blended teaching models that integrate distance teaching with offline teaching, and to bring mixed teaching models and distance teaching resources into the primary and secondary schools in Indonesia.
The 28th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities, known as AAOU, was convened in Hong Kong on 28-31 October 2014. The conference was organized by the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) with the theme of “Advancing Open and Distance Learning (ODL): Research and Practices”. More than 200 representatives from 17 countries and areas took part in this conference. Vice President Shaogang Zhang of the Open University of China (OUC) led a team of nine members to participate in the conference.
Yan Bing, Vice President of the Open University of China (OUC), and Guo Xiaoxia, the OUC School of Agroforestry and Medicine, attended the high-level Sino-French forum on social security held in Paris, France. After the forum, they paid a visit to the service agencies for senior citizens in France.
On October 13, the 2014 Council Meeting of the Confucius Institute at Michigan State University was held at Henry Conference Center of Michigan State University. Via the video conferencing system, council members from China and America took part in the summit together to summarize the work completed in 2013 and 2014 and discuss their working plan for 2015.