Editor's notes: "OUC's Reading and Essay Campaign" is an essay collection campaign held annually by the OUC. It was designed to encourage the teaching faculty of the OUC to form a habit of reading books, to inspire them to focus on profound thinking and bold innovation. The activity is expected to enhance the teaching staffs’ ideological quality as well as the working level of the OUC. We will compile a selection of excellent articles from the 2016 Reading and Essay Campaign, and readers can access these articles from this website.

Do a good job by starting from small things and routine tasks. In recent years, the Jinchang branch of Gansu Radio and Television University (Gansu RTVU) has continued to transform its educational philosophy and put all its effort into establishing “Five Heartfelt Services,” so as to enhance educational quality and improve enrolment.

China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) recently announced a list of one hundred outstanding publications (in the audio-visual and electronic publication categories) to be recommended to young people in the country in 2017. The Earth is a Living Body, published by the Open University of China (OUC) Multimedia Press was among the list.

The ICDE (International Council for Open and Distance Education) Leadership Summit and ICDE-UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Leadership Forum were held from 22-24th May, 2017 in Nancy, France and the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris, respectively.

From 4-12th May, 2017, at the invitation of China Nonferrous Metal Mining (Group) Co., Ltd (CNMC) in Zambia-China Economic & Trade Cooperation Zone (ZCCZ), the University of Zambia (UNZA), the University of South Africa (UNISA), and other relevant institutions, a delegation of five people headed by vice president of the OUC Liu Chen visited Zambia and South Africa.

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.