Editor's note: Zhang Bian is the Rio Paralympics wheelchair table tennis champion. She studied at Jiangsu Open University’s Lianyungang School, majoring in Social Work in the autumn 2014 class at the OUC's School for the Disabled. She was the class monitor.

On 15th December, 2016, the OUC held its 2016 student registration and degree management working meeting in Xi'an, Shaanxi province. At the meeting, the OUC summarised its work in student registration management and degree conferment, analysed existing problems and countermeasures, as well as researched reform ideas and measures related to teaching affairs and graduates management.

On the 22nd of December, 2016, Qingdao Radio and Television University (Qingdao RTVU), or Qingdao Entrepreneurial University, was officially recognised as one of the first batch of Shandong Model Entrepreneurial Universities by the Human Resources and Social Security Department of Shandong province.

During the opening ceremony for the 2016 Civilian Lifelong Learning event in Huzhou city, six units, including Huzhou City Library, Huzhou City Museum, Huzhou Museum of Science and Technology, the Public Training and Practice Centre, Hubi Museum, and Detaiheng Cultural Centre, were listed as the first batch of experiential bases for lifelong education and learning for Huzhou Radio and Television University (Huzhou RTVU), marking the official launch of a new way for Huzhou RTVU to join with social organisations to accelerate the integration and sharing of public resources.

On 22 December 2016, the Open University of China (OUC) officially launched its website housing a collection of five-minute micro-lectures, http://zj.5minutes.com.cn.

On the afternoon of 13th December 2016, the Open University of China (OUC) held a video conference on spring 2017 enrolment.

On the 20th of December, 2016, the Open University of China (OUC) held a video conference on the final examination work for the autumn 2016 semester.

From 11th to 17th December, 2016, a delegation headed by OUC Vice President Li Linshu conducted a research tour on the progress of educational informatisation in the United States. The delegation included heads from both the Information Technology and Learning Resources departments.