On the morning of 7th March 2017, the president of the Open University of China (OUC), Yang Zhijian, visited the office of www.china.org.cn. Deputy chief editor of the website, Xue Lisheng, greeted the OUC delegation. Later, Yang was invited to appear on the programme "Educational Celebrity Lectures” run by the website’s education channel, in which the president shared his views on lifelong learning and the construction of open universities.

On 6th March 2016, the Open University of China (short for OUC) and Guangzhou Distance Education Centre held a signing ceremony in Beijing, signifying the formal launch of a national all-network industry and enterprise teaching pilot centre, with Guangzhou Distance Education Centre responsible for the construction and operation of all-network teaching platform for the “McDonald’s Dream of Pursuing Further Education” programme.

Editor's Note:

Jiang Kun, a famous Chinese crosstalk (a traditional Chinese comedic performance in the form of a dialogue or, much less often, a monologue or, even less frequently, a multi-player talk show to make audience laugh) performer and national Class-A actor, graduated from China Central Radio and Television University (CCRTVU) after majoring in Chinese Language and Literature .

In recent years, the deep integration of information technology and education, in particular the massive rise of online education, has led to the widespread application of big data in the education field. Big data has caused the target of education research to shift from the macro group to individuals, capable of providing targeted and personalised education. This reflects data driven "individualised teaching".

On 1 March 2017, the 2017 Annual National Publication Foundation project funding results were unveiled. Two projects, i.e. Life’s Origin and Evolution and Remaking a Lowcarbon Household, organised and planned by the Open University of China (OUC), were selected for inclusion in the annual foundation list. Both projects were developed according to the overall construction arrangement of OUC’s Learning Resources Department, produced and published by the OUC Multimedia Press.

Zhu Yongxin holds a number of positions and offices including vice chairman of the Central Committee of the China Association for Promoting Democracy, Deputy Secretary General of the 12th session of the Chinese Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and member of its Standing Committee, vice chairman of the Chinese Society of Education, vice president and doctoral supervisor of China Institute of Education Policy, and initiator of new education experiments. During the “Two Sessions” in March 2017, he put forward many proposals, including increased financial investment for the Open University of China (OUC).

Traditional industry is undergoing a new round of fierce attack from the growing influence of the Internet at an astonishing rate. In the face of challenges and opportunities brought about by the Internet, how to address vocational education that is closely related to economic development has become a key issue.

With the rapid popularisation of the micro-class, MOOCs, and flipped learning, digital learning is accelerating learning methods and school education operation modes and promoting rapid changes in human education. Digital learning resources, digital learning environments, and learning support services are three key factors in digital learning. How to build visual learning resources and promote global knowledge sharing and mutual learning are the main issues facing the future development and construction of digital learning resources.