Poverty alleviation has been one of the Chinese government’s core campaigns since 2013. Education is the key to breaking the inter-generational transmission of poverty. Thanks to the development of information technology, open and distance education has become an effective way of helping people affected by poverty access high quality education and transform their lives.

On 24 July, 2020, Wang De, head of the National Government Offices Administration, led a delegation to the Open University of China (OUC) to conduct research. The delegation took a tour of the "Internet plus University" Exhibition Centre, the Cloud Classroom, the HD Studio, and the Streaming Media Recording Room; it also held talks with Jing Degang, Party secretary and OUC president, Liu Chen, deputy secretary of the OUC Party committee, and other personnel.

On 20 July, 2020, the 2020 list of “Excellent Shared Courses of Colleges and Universities in Shanxi” was released by the province's Education Department. 14 courses from the Huixuexi learning-resources platform of the Open University of China (OUC)(Huixuexi platform for short) made the list.

On 20 July 2020, the opening ceremony for the MBA major, the first major of the OUC China-Germany Joint Master’s Degree Programme jointly launched by the Open University of China (OUC), the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU), and the Beijing International Institute of Asia-Europe Education and Culture (AEEC) was held at the training base of the AEEC China-Germany Joint Master’s Degree Programme.

The Open University of China (OUC) has released Several Opinions on Improving the Quality of Education and Teaching of the OUC (hereinafter referred to as the Opinions). This represents top-level design for deepening the reform and improving the quality of the OUC’s degree education. It forms an important basis for formulating specific policies, systems, methods, and standards for degree education at the OUC.

On 7 July 2020, the China National Committee on Ageing (CNCA) released the Notice on Announcing the Results of the First Batch of Scientific Research Centres on Ageing. The Open University for Older Adults of the Open University of China (OUC) was successfully selected as one of the scientific research centres, being the only university for elderly people of the 20 approved units.

The Open University of China (OUC) formulated an examination plan for the 2020 spring semester in accordance with the COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control requirements of the Ministry of Education and in consideration of the actual situation of its branches (schools).

On 12 July 2020, the Science and China cloud lecture series jointly created by the Bureau of Academic Divisions of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS, CASAD), the National Science Library of CAS, and the Open University of China (OUC) officially launched at CASAD.