On September 22, 2012, a plainly dressed grey-haired gentleman appeared at the opening ceremony of Weiyuan Radio and TV University (RTVU). Those in attendance were surprised to see an elderly person at the ceremony, but the gentleman himself appeared extremely calm and listened intently to

On September 2, at the London Paralympics Men’s 50m Freestyle S11 Final, Yang Bozun, a student from the Tianjin RTVU School for the Disabled, won the gold medal and broke the world record with a performance of 25″27. On September 3, at the Men’s 100m Breaststroke SB11 Final, he won his second Paralympic gold with a performance of 1′10″11,

The first free computer training class given to senior citizens by Zhejiang RTVU came to an end yesterday. The training programme lasted nearly a month, and 55 seniors from 24 Hangzhou communities averaged 66 years old received the training. Qiu Guoqian, the oldest student, is already 81 years of age.

On September 9th, Shenzhen Radio and TV University saw the intake of another 6,485 students for this year’s autumn semester. The university indicates that one out of four college students in Shenzhen is engaged in its open education programme.

On April 27, classes began at "Prosperity Night School", a school jointly established by Guangxi Radio and TV University (Guangxi RTVU) and Jintang Village in Daxin County.

Jintang Village is a poor village in the autonomous region along the China-Vietnam border. Recently, a communist official from Guangxi RTVU was assigned to Jintang to serve as the first secretary of the village party committee. Guangxi RTVU and Jintang Village used this opportunity to establish a new form of poverty relief, leveraging Guangxi RTVU's expertise in distance education to establish "Prosperity Night School". By providing technical training and information on agriculture and raising livestock, the school seeks to eliminate poverty through education, address the villagers' longstanding lack of agricultural know-how and help the village progress towards prosperity.

On the eve of the inauguration of the school, Guangxi RTVU delivered 10 sets of computers and desks to the school and sent technicians to install the computers and connect them to the Internet. The school will offer courses appropriate to the needs of the local economy and will teach villagers to use appropriate policies and technologies through diverse methods such as distance teaching, book rooms and inviting agricultural experts for on-site lectures. Villagers can make use of their spare time in the evenings to study without neglecting farm work.

There are plans to expand "Prosperity Night School" to cover 37 poor villages in the county within two years, and gradually expand further to all townships and villages.

 

By Guangxi RTVU

On March 20, 2012, 154 trainees completed the WIDE World online professional development programme named "Teaching for Understanding 1", jointly operated by Beijing Open University (Beijing OU) and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

WIDE World (Wide-scale Interactive Development for Educators) is a programme based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that converts the results of academic research by Gardner and other experts into web-based training courses for instructors.

 Education Without Discrimination 


Beijing Open University (BJOU) has long sought new ways to better share education resources and further communication and cooperation in education. Now, working together with Apple, Beijing OU has joined iTunesU, officially making course resources available via iTunesU.

This online release provides courses in nine different categories, with a total of 255 teaching videos, with the aim of expanding multimedia education and realizing Confucius's "Education Without Discrimination". The goal is to allow more people to participate in and enjoy study.

The resources can be accessed at: http://itunes.bjou.org

The awards ceremony for the second batch of Grass-Roots Level National Model RTVUs (Tutorial Centres) in China was held along with a forum on the development of local radio and TV universities (RTVUs) from the 26th to the 27th of September in Ningbo. A total of 54 radio and TV universities at county level and 34 radio and TV universities at prefecture and city level were awarded the "Grass-Roots Level National Model RTVUs (Tutorial Centre)" plaque.