Prof. Zhang Shaogang, Vice president of the Open University of China, together with Prof. Liang Xiaoqing, Director of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language Center, and Prof. Li Yawan, Director of International Cooperation & Exchange Division paid academic visits to CIBT and other institutions like Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Sprott-Shaw Community College, Faculty of Business Administration in Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Institute of Technology in Canada, Thompson Rivers University, seeking opportunities for collaboration and negotiating with the counterparts about the content and format in collaboration in
On 19th October 2009, the Open University of China (formerly the China Central Radio & TV University) signed a cooperation framework agreement with CIBT Education Group Inc. (CIBT). Vice Secretary Zhang Shaogang of the Party Committee in the OUC and President Dean Duperron of Sprott-Shaw College of Canada signed the agreement on behalf of OUC and CIBT respectively. The signing of the cooperation framework agreement was a key event in the "2009 International Forum on Open and Distance Education".
The 2009 International Forum on Open and Distance Education co-sponsored by the Open University of China (formerly the China Central Radio & TV University) and the China Distance Education Society was formally opened at the Beijing Minzu Hotel on October 16. It was an important part of the celebration for the 30th Anniversary of OUC. The theme for the forum was "Challenges and Opportunities for ODL in Lifelong Learning in a Global Financial and Economic Crisis". During the two-day forum from 16th to 17th,
On 7th May, 2009, the Open University of China (OUC) and the Open University of Japan (OUJ) signed an agreement on distance education. The process of the signing ceremony was transmitted to provincial open universities via two-way video conferencing systems. Professor Ge Daokai, President of OUC, and Professor Hiromitsu Ishi, President of OUJ signed the agreement on behalf of each side.