Editor’s Note: In July 2012, the Open University of China (OUC), built on the foundation of Central China Radio and TV University (CCRTVU), was unveiled.

Introduction

Changes in the economy, society, higher education, and technologies have influenced open universities significantly.

On 20th May, Distance Education in China magazine held an international academic seminar and exchange event.

From 12-13 May, 2017, a working conference on the preparation of the OUC Council was held in Nanning, Guangxi Province.

On 17th May, 2017, the inauguration ceremony for Xin County Study Centre of OUC Dabieshan Experimental School was held at Henan Dabieshan Cadre College. OUC vice president Liu Chen and county magistrate Xia Mingfu jointly unveiled the plaque for the Study Centre. Party secretary of Xinyang Vocational and Technical College and director of Dabieshan Experimental School Li Dimin and 80 plenary representatives who were taking a 2017 teaching seminar organised by the OUC Experimental School also attended the ceremony.

On 16th May, 2017, the OUC Experimental School 2017 Teaching Seminar was held in Dabieshan Experimental School, Xinyang, Henan province. The conference aims to summarise the past year’s teaching work and identify any issues so as to further strengthen and standardise teaching management, substantially improve teaching quality, and promote the development of the school.

From 4-5th May, 2017, a seminar on teaching reform for the Open University of China’s (OUC) civil engineering and water conservancy major and the development of its teaching centre work team was held in Changde, Hunan province.

1. Introduction

With the adjustment and upgrading of our industrial infrastructure, the elimination of outdated production methods, and developing trends in modern industrial digitalisation, informatisation, and intelligence driven by international competition, industrial workers are facing severe challenges to their vocational skills, education level, and cultural quality. Therefore, China should attach great importance to comprehensively enhancing the scientific cultural quality and labor skills of industrial workers through degree continuing education and non-degree training.