A launch ceremony for the online course “Appreciation and Creation of Chinese Traditional Landscape Paintings & Moodle Platform”, the first China National Arts Fund project applied for by the Open University of China (OUC), was held at the OUC Wukesong campus on 8th May 2018.

On 8 May, 2018, the Faculty of Economics and Management of the Open University of China (OUC) held a video meeting on arranging for students to attend the national tax-skills competition. Li Linjun, vice president and secretary-general of the China Certified Tax Agents Association, Liu Chen, vice president of the OUC, and Huang Hongbin, director of the Examination Department of the China Certified Tax Agents Association, attended the meeting.

An accreditation unit workshop on the logistics industry and a launch meeting for the "Pilot Programme for the Accumulation and Transfer of Learning Outcomes in Higher Vocational Education” for Logistics Management was convened at the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) on 26th April 2018.

On 9 May, 2018, the National Copyright Administration of the People’s Republic of China (NCAC) granted computer-software-copyright certificates to the Bayi School of the Open University of China (OUC) for its seven academic-affairs management-application systems, including online enrolment, online learning, online assessment, online examination, examination management, student-status management and artificial-intelligence-response systems.

In order to strengthen the development of the teaching team for agriculture and science majors within the Open University of China (OUC) educational system, improve’ teaching capability and level, and increase cohesion among the teaching team, the OUC held a seminar for backbone teachers from agriculture and science majors (including the “one college student per village” programme) from 22nd to 27th April 2018 in Beijing. Sixty-two teachers from 24 OUC branches and their study centres, as well as seven teachers from the OUC headquarters, attended the seminar and completed the studies.

The concept of big data has been in existence for 40 years, and its current high level of integration with technology has led to many changes in industry and everyday life. But what have been its effects on education, and how can it be applied to education in China?

From 14th to 16th April 2018, China Association for Educational Technology (CAET) Higher Education University Distance Education Specialised Commission (hereinafter referred to as "CAET Distance Education Commission") held its 2018 annual academic conference in Guangzhou. Meanwhile, a distance teaching innovation forum was also held. This event coincided with the CAET annual meeting and shared academic resources which enabled the achievements made in the distance education field to be more widely spread.

Recently, the State Press and Publication Administration (former the State General Administration of Press and Publications, Radio, Film and Television, or SGAPPRFT) released the 2018 annual storage projects listed in the project library for reform and development of the press and publications sector. A project called the “Original ISLI-based Shan Hai Jing Media-development Project,” which was conducted by the Press Group of the Open University of China (OUC), was included on the list.