Chen Maofeng was the monitor in the spring 2016 Rural Administrative Management class at Ruian College, Zhejiang Radio and Television University (Zhejiang RTVU), secretary of Shilong Village Party Branch at Gaolou town, and deputy to the fifteenth and sixteenth People's Congress of Ruian city. While serving as deputy to the People’s Congress, he spoke on behalf of farmers in his region.

On 7th April 2017, the Open University of China (OUC) “Long March Belt” project seminar and opening ceremony was held in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province. OUC President Yang Zhijian attended the ceremony, which was hosted by OUC vice president Liu Chen, and gave a speech. Zhu Aiying, president of Jiangxi RTVU; He Fuzhou, a leader from Jiangxi municipal government; and university leaders from the Hebei branch and the 12 OUC branches along the path of the “Long March Belt” also attended the ceremony.

In order to improve the information technology application abilities of the teachers within the Open University of China (OUC) system, from 26th - 28th March 2017 the OUC held the second seminar on the application of the learning network, with the theme of “Strengthening the Application of Learning Networks” at its Jiangsu branch. More than 180 teachers from the Jiangsu and Nanjing branches participated in the seminar.

On April 1st, 2017, Huaqiao College of the Open University of China (OUC), oriented toward Chinese living overseas, Chinese and their family members returned from overseas, and Chinese learners across the globe, was established in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. This signifies Chengdu’s development into a city of national importance, a key hub connecting China with the world, as well as an important channel to spread Chinese culture.

On 28th to 29th March 2017, a meeting to review the launch of the pilot project for the accumulation and transfer of higher vocational education learning outcomes was held at the OUC headquarters. The meeting marked the launch of the pilot project for the accumulation and transfer of higher vocational education learning outcomes specified in the MOE's Action Plan for Higher Vocational Education Innovation and Development (2015-2018).

In order to further enhance the quality of teaching, implement the requirements of the “Six-Network Integration” training model, and strengthen the construction of the teaching team put forward in the Comprehensive Reform Scheme for the Open University of China (OUC), the OUC launched a pilot programme for the construction of 188 online teaching teams, including 84 for the headquarters and 104 for its branches. A working meeting about the pilot work required for online teaching team construction was convened in Beijing from 23rd to 24th March.

From 16th to 24th March 2017, at the invitation of Egerton University, African Council for Distance Education, and the Open University of Tanzania, the Open University of China (OUC) dispatched a delegation led by its vice president Yang Xiaotang to visit Kenya and Tanzania.

On 29th March, 2017, a senior data scientist of the Hewlett-Packard Corporation (HP), Dr. Yang Dong, was invited to the Open University of China(OUC) and delivered an academic report entitled Analysis and Application of Big Data, which attracted about 50 teachers from OUC’s various departments. OUC’s vice president, Li Linshu, attended the meeting and presented a souvenir to Mr. Yang Dong on behalf of the OUC.