Senior Officials from the Ministry of Education (MOE), including Vice Minister Du Zhanyuan and Deputy Director-general of the MOE Department of Science and Technology Lou Jing, visited the Open University of China (the OUC) on June 4, 2013 to inspect its achievements since its establishment in 2012 and experience the Week for Cultural Learning activity.

The Open University of China (OUC) officially established its School of the Arts on July 3, 2013. The opening ceremony was attended by Zhang Shuanggu, vice president and secretary-general of the Chinese Society for Educational Development Strategy, and Yan Bing, vice president of the OUC.

Five-Minute Lectures (http://wfz.nerc-edu.com/), a new website designed by the Open University of China (OUC), was officially launched on July 3, 2013 by professor Li Defang, secretary-general of the National Networked Consortium for the Education of Teachers, Feng Xuefei, president of Tianjin RTVU (OUC Tianjin Branch), and Li Linshu, vice president of the OUC.

On July 3, the Open University of China (OUC) held a Weibo debate competition with the theme of “Will MOOCs take the place of traditional education?” as a part of the Exhibition to Celebrate Phased Achievements at the First Anniversary of the OUC and the Week for Cultural Learning. A total of eight debaters from the proposing team and opposition team

Imagine the following: You can learn whatever you want, with no need to carry heavy books, homework and class notes everyday. Online resources make learning possible anywhere, anytime, and you can review new knowledge, submit assignments and take exams even in the case of unexpected power outages. A credit bank helps you manage your credits more efficiently. Thanks to a number of new teaching technologies, this dream can now become a reality. 

On July 3, 2013, the Open University of China (OUC) arranged a press conference for “The Exhibition to Celebrate Phased Achievements at the First Anniversary of the Open University of China and the Week for Cultural Learning” at its distance education building.

A Delegation from Canada’s Thompson Rivers University (TRU) visited the Open University of China (OUC) on July 2, 2013. The delegation included Dr. Alan Shaver, president of TRU, and Ms Baihua Chadwick, interim associate vice president and CEO of TRU World Global Operations. Yang Zhijian, president of the OUC, and Zhang Shaogang, deputy party secretary of the OUC, welcomed the delegation.

On July 3, 2013, the MOE Research and Development Center for the Integration and Application of Digital Learning Technologies (hereinafter referred to as the R & D Centre) was inaugurated in the Open University of China (OUC). Professor Liu Yanshen, Vice Director of the National Engineering Research Center for E-learning and the OUC President Yang Zhijiang unveiled the center.