Distance Education in China* (monthly) was founded in August 1981, which is affiliated with the Open University of China (OUC) and under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and sponsored by the OUC. The Journal is published on the 30th of each month and it has been regarded as one of the core educational journals in China and is indexed in the Chinese Social Science Citation Index (CSSCI- Expanded Version). The Journal upholds the missions of focusing on the practical development of distance education and promoting the ongoing deepening of distance education research in order to set up an interactive communication platform for researchers, practitioners and administrators of distance education areas both in China and abroad.

Established in 1985, the Research Institute of Open and Distance Education of the Open University of China (OUC) is China's oldest research institution on distance education. Since 2001, it has assumed the additional function as the Research Division of OUC.

Geared towards the interests of all OU students, the Institute actively pools the wisdom and talent of the experts and the staff members of OUs.  Over the past 25 years, it has engaged in research and achieved numerous results in the theory and practice in such fields as distance education, open education, adult education, and the application of educational technology.