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Hunan Open University visit


Building on the multi-year collaboration between the National Open University of China and University of London’s Centre for Online and Distance Education (CODE), Hunan Open University President Yang Bin and her senior team recently visited CODE to explore way in which we might collaborate to enhance teacher training.

Hunan Open University is a new type of higher education institution in Hunan province, China, focused on supporting lifelong learning for the entire province.

A particular interest, said President Bin, is developing courses to help teachers support older learners (60+). Increased life expectancy rates in China combined with the effects of the now discontinued one child policy first introduced in 1979 are contributing to rapid expansion of the proportion of older people in the population.

Since 2018 CODE has been working with the Open University of China to develop capacity and capability to develop, deliver and support online distance learning in China. This initiative has included running online training courses for OU China staff and hosting scholars from China in London, with the support of the Sino-British Fellowship Trust.

During the visit President Yang Bin, Wang Zhongjun (Director of Academic Affairs), Zhong Jinxia (Director of Scientific Research Management Department) and Xu Zhiping (Director of Development Planning and System Construction Division also visited the University of London video production suite to see how videos are created for University of London distance education programmes.

  • See further information about CODE’s training and consultancy activities in China.

    The delegation from Hunan, China
    President Yang Bin (centre) and her three colleagues Wang Zhongjun, Director Academic Affairs; Zhong Jinxia, Director Scientific Research and Management; Xu Zhiping, Director Development Planning and System Construction; with CODE Fellows Professor Stephen Brown and Dr Christina Howell-Richardson; and Mike Winter, Director International Affairs.