On August 6, the Open University of China (OUC) established Yanoda School of International Tourism in Hainan. Jointly founded by Hainan Radio and TV University (RTVU) and Hainan Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Tourism Zone, the School aims to set up universities for businesses and train badly needed qualified personnel, through an innovative model combining school-enterprise cooperation and professional training. The founders said they would strive to make Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Tourism Zone the first open education model of a "learning" enterprise in Hainan.

Recently, Anhui Radio & TV University (RTVU) carried out targeted information technology training for teachers from Anhui University who had presided over adult education curriculum reform. As it is undertaking the first national government-led "Online Adult Education Park" project, Anhui RTVU will conduct training for teaching staff from Anhui Normal University, Anhui Agricultural University, Anhui University of Technology, Anhui University of Finance and Economics, and Anhui University of Chinese Medicine.

Massive Open and Online Courses (MOOC) in an International Perspective: New Global Agenda for Innovation in Higher Education introduced and translated by The Open University of China (OUC) from the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), published by the OUC (aka the China Central Radio & TV University, CCRTVU) Press came out in June, 2014. This book was translated and edited by the President of the OUC Yang Zhijian and the Director of the International Cooperation and Exchange Department Yang Yongbo etc., and is another important work following Open Educational Resources: Conversations in Cyberspace, a UNESCO book also translated by the OUC.

Li Yangang, who loves learning, was recently praised as an “excellent battalion commanding officer” by his superior. In the two years since Li Yangang has acted as a battalion commander, 75% of all officers and soldiers in the battalion have taken part in the distance learning for sergeancy in Bayi College of the Open University of China (OUC), under his influence and inspiration, and more than one hundred participants have obtained a nationally recognized university diploma. A good climate for learning has formed around him.

I.  Learner composition

By the end of 2013, there were 3.6763 million active students in the Open University of China (OUC), accounting for 10.37% of active students in universities and junior colleges in China’s higher education sector (including regular institutions of higher education, adult education and online education); the total enrollment of 2013 was 1.088876 million students, accounting for 9.64% of active students (11.292355 million) in universities and junior colleges of China’s higher education sector (including regular institutions of higher education, adult education and online education).

Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Chinese President and Chairman of CPC’s Central Military Commission, met with advanced collectives of the fifth national model of self-improvement and assisting the disabled, and outstanding representatives in the individual commendation congress on the morning of May 16, 2014.

A Guide to Quality in Post-Traditional Online Higher Education in Chinese and English versions, developed with the investment of authoritative American educational institutions and jointly created by international higher education experts and online learning experts, were launched synchronously. The Chinese version of the book was published by the Open University of China (OUC, aka China Central Radio and TV University, CCRTVU) Press in cooperation with DeTao Master Heritures.

June 19-20 saw the convening of the 2014 MOOC Development Forum of Chinese Universities in Beijing. With the theme Initiating a New Era of MOOC Learning, the forum, sponsored by Distance Education in China, focused on the new characteristics and trends in future university education, highlighted discussions on MOOC’s new thoughts, new methods and new measures in promoting teaching mode innovation and improving education quality. The Open University of China (OUC) shared its experience on MOOC practice in the past two years.