Those having obtained teacher-qualification, nurse-practitioner, or new-media editor certification, among others, are eligible for accreditation by the Credit Bank of the Open University of China (OUC). The Credit Bank platform enables credit transfer for eight categories of professional certification and learning outcomes with no fixed forms, making repetition of coursework unnecessary.

On a day in early winter, villagers gathered attentively in the Cultural Square of Wushi Township, Huangshan District, Huangshan City, Anhui Province.

The book Driving Lifelong Learning: Interview with CPC Party Secretaries or Presidents of China’s Open Universities on Transformation and Development of Open Universities planned by Distance Education in China Journal and published by OUC Publishing & Media Group was officially released.

A chapter in the report of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) noted the need to “invigorate China through science and education and develop a strong workforce for the modernisation drive”, highlighting education in the new era as the foundational and strategic pillar of comprehensively building a modern socialist country.

According to the seventh national population census, the number of people aged 60 and above in China has already reached 264 million, accounting for 18.70% of the total population.

Since its establishment in 1979, the Open University of China (OUC) has had a focus on offering training in rural areas throughout the country, with the aim of promoting development in these areas.

Recently, the project “Fostering Digital Competency, Building Re-Employment Capacity, and Enhancing Well-being for Older Adults in the Digital Economy” for international exchanges and cooperation as approved by the 2022 Budget and Management Committee of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) with a fund of $140,531.

“I can hardly imagine life without the University for Older Adults,” said Liu Shuqin, a 62-year-old student of the university, part of the Open University of China (OUC). She signed up for a calligraphy class recently, after having finished a painting class. “I plan to get enough credits to obtain a diploma. You're never too old to learn!”