On 9th March, 2017, the 2017 Spring Semester Tutors’ Training Meeting was held in Weigongcun Study Centre of the Experimental School of the Open University of China (OUC). The meeting focused on work planning, exchanges and workshops, with a total of 35 tutors participating.

Rong Jing, a student of the OUC School for the Disabled, class of 2014, majoring in Social Work, and winner of CCTV Sports Personality of Year 2016, recalled her experience at the Rio Olympics: “I’m so lucky to have been accepted by the OUC, which has helped me to realise my university dream. I feel enriched by the knowledge I have accumulated. My academic degree makes me feel more confident and this has exerted a great influence on my training, my competitiveness, and my life as a whole.” Rong Jing was a flag-bearer for the Chinese Paralympic delegation and won three gold medals at the Rio Paralympics.

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Tie Feiyan, a student of Educational Law at OUC Yunnan branch in 2010, deputy to the NPC, heroine who jumped into a river to save a drowning worker in Mianyang, Sichuan, she has won many honours including March Eighth Red-Banner Pacesetter at National level, 2010 Network Figure in China Network Stories ● Moving 2010 Event and Chinese University Student of the Year of 2010.

On 8th March 2017, International Women's Day, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions gave awards to advanced female worker groups and individuals around China, including Zhejiang Radio and Television University (Zhejiang RTVU) Alumni Xie Zhifen and Shen Haiyan, who were awarded the honorary title of National May 1st Female Pacesetter.

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.

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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".