President Jiang Hong Received Outstanding Supporter Award By ACDE

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In the plenary session of the ICDE SCOP Meeting in Indonesia, 19-21 December 2014, Professor Tolly Mbwette, Chairman of the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) issued the Outstanding Institutional Supporter Award to President Jiang Hong. This was to put on a record of the appreciation from ACDE of the manner in which SOU hosted during the conference on Ubiquitous Learning and the success in cooperation regarding staff and students exchange programs between SOU and African institutions.




SOU President Jiang Hong Attended ICDE Presidents’ Summit 2014

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19-21 December 2014, President Jiang Hong, accompanied by Professor Zhu Xiaoqing, Director of the Human Resource Department, and Ms.Song Jie, Teacher in the Foreign Language Department, were invited to attend the ICDE SCOP Meeting in Indonesia. This summit was organized by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), and hosted by Universitas Terbuka, with the theme of “Leadership Challenges: Approach to Successful Open Education Models”. The SOU delegation participated in the whole summit process t, and during the presidents’ closed-door discussion President Jiang Hong shared his opinion and gave suggestions, which demonstrated the exploration and thoughts of Shanghai Open University in the process of open education model reform and innovation, on topics concerning all the open universities.



International Visiting Scholars Successfully Completed the Exchange Program in SOU

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17-28 December 2014, ten visiting scholars mainly from AAOU member institutions completed their two-week research and study. The visiting scholars were from seven different countries, namely India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal, New Zealand, Ireland and Hungary.

Professor Gu Xiaomin, Vice President of SOU, attended the Opening Ceremony and introduced SOU’s history, development process and achievements in the open education area. She also expressed her wish of strengthening the cooperation and exploring new collaborations between SOU and the scholars’ home institutions through this exchange program.

This International Visiting Scholar Program is the fourth one held by SOU since 2013, and also the one receiving the most participants from Asian countries. During the two weeks of research and studies, the visiting scholars exchanged experiences and ideas through their meetings with 24 faculties from 11 functional SOU departments, from which they also got a better understanding of the profound meaning and special schooling features of SOU. Besides this, Dr. Zlatko Kovacic, expert from The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, and Dr. Saumya, expert from Indira Gandhi National Open University, also made presentations during a seminar on Capacity Building and Teachers Training for our faculty. In addition, all the visiting scholars made their presentations, respectively on the practice, experience and development trends of distance education in their own countries with panel discussions and symposia.

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SOU Receives the 2014 UNESCO Seminar on Education for Rural Development

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October 28, 32 delegates of UNESCO  Seminar on Education for Rural Development visited SOU to enhance ties,  13 were from African Countries including Ethiopia and Cameroon, 4 were from Asian countries such as Bangladesh and Laos. The seminar was co-organized by Academy of International Business Officials, MOFCOM and  UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education.  The delegates were mainly officials and scholars from the education sector of Africa and developing countries.

Professor Gu Xiaomin, the Vice President of SOU, introduced to the guests about SOU and its cooperation and exchanges on distance education with African open universities and international organizations in the past and expressed the hope of promoting the academic cooperation between SOU and universities of other countries.  The delegates also learnt about the rural area education program of SOU and its development. After the meeting, the delegates paid visit to Digital Lab of Open Learning of SOU and Community Education I-digital Experience center, the digital educational resources environment with cloud computing technology, the open learning tests and analysis and its innovative mode left them deep impression.

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2014 SOU International Student Exchange Program Completed with Success

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The second Shanghai Open University International Student Exchange Program has brought 40 international students from 16 countries to SOU campus for a two-week intensive study and experience on Chinese language and culture between August 17th and 29th. Participating students represented a diverse age group, academic background and professions. 9 Chinese students had taken part in the program as volunteers, both international students and Chinese students increased their cross cultural communication and understanding through this opportunity.

Oversea Visiting Scholars Successfully Accomplished Research & Study at SOU

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After receiving oversea visiting scholars from Brazil and Africa last year, nine oversea visiting scholars from South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Brazil and the Netherlands have carried out a two-week research and study from May 26th to June 6th this year.

During the two weeks of research and studies, the visiting scholars have not only participated in meetings with related academic departments, administrative departments, as well as staff from branch schools and information technology center, so as to have a deep understanding of the education concept and specialty of Shanghai Open University, but also participated in 2014 International Conference on Ubiquitous Learning. In addition, the visiting scholars have also made presentations on the practice, experience and development trends of distance education in their own countries through panel discussions and symposia.

2014 Shanghai International Conference on Ubiquitous Learning and UNESCO UNITWIN Network Serial International Training Workshop Held in SOU

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202 representatives from 20 countries including 41 overseas participants met at Shanghai Open University to share their views and expertise on the ubiquitous learning between May 30-31th. The two-day conference was co-organized by National Commission of The People’s Republic of China for UNESCO and Shanghai Open University.

Deputy Director of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission Yuan Wen and Secretary General of Chinese National Commission for UNESCO Du Yue presented and addressed at the conference’s opening ceremony. During the conference, professor of Graduate School of Education of Harvard University Christopher Dede, professor for Advanced Learning Technologies of Open University of the Netherlands Marcus Specht, President of the Open University of China Yang Zhijian, professor of Institute of Education of Tsinghua University Cheng Jiangang and President of Shanghai Open University Jiang Hong delivered keynote speeches. The conference, themed “Ubiquitous Learning: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies” , had four parallel sessions on “Moocs and Ubiquitous Learning”, “Big Data, Cloud Computing and Ubiquitous Learning”, “Micro-Course and Mobile Learning” and “ODL Engineering Technology and Ubiquitous Learning”. The conference theme firmly grasp the forefront of ODL issues and hot topics, including the ubiquitous mobile learning environment, achieving seamless learning technology theory and practice cases, big data, Moocs, etc.. 98 conference papers were received with 18 papers submitted by overseas participants and 80 were submitted by Chinese participants.

The chairman of World Committee for Lifelong Learning Yves Attou gave a speech at the closing ceremony. President Jiang Hong concluded the conference with a brief speech.

SOU and UMFK hold first virtual meeting to map out future collaboration

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Shanghai Open University (SOU) and University of Maine (Fort Kent) (UMFK) met for the first time via video conference between Shanghai and Fort Kent on May 29th to discuss issues in regard to collaborations between two universities. Professor Gu Xiaomin, Vice President of SOU, Dean and staff of Institute of International Exchange and School of Public Administration of SOU, Professor Wilson Hess, President of UMFK, Dr. Robert Dixon and Dr. Thomas Enerva from UMFK attended the virtual meeting.

Vice President of SOU gave a brief introduction of SOU and School of Public Administration and proposed ways of possible collaboration in the future that would benefit both universities, which then received positive response from UMFK. President of UMFK added that SOU and UMFK could collaborate in such areas as program development, courses development, mutual academic credit transfer and recognition and teachers’ training. Both side agreed to form an agreement of collaboration by the end of May.

Delegation of Xin Jin Shan Chinese School from Australia Visited SOU

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wifi0s0-123947752020140415_113333April 15, under the leadership of Shanghai Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, the delegation of Australian Xin Jin Shan Chinese School, head by Mr. Sun Haoliang, visited Shanghai Open University to discuss cooperation with the Institute of International Exchange.

During the meeting of discussing cooperation, Professor Liu Wenfu, dean of the Institute of International Exchange, introduced the progress and outcomes on teaching Chinese as a foreign language and web-resource development of SOU in four aspects. Mr. Sun Haoliang showed his intention in cooperation with SOU in the field of the re-development of resource pool and the development of Chinese culture courses. He also pointed out that Shanghai Open University has the unparallel advantages in terms of technology and resources, and he hoped to produce a serial of courses, DVDs and courseware on Chinese culture through cooperation in order to promote the development of both parties. In the afternoon, Xin Jin Shan delegation visited Shanghai Education Resource Centre.

Xin Jin Shan Chinese School is located in Melbourne, Australia, and has many branch schools with a history of 20 years, which is a well-known Chinese School in Australia.


SOU President Jiang Hong Visited Secretary-General of Chinese National Commission of UNESCO

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April 17, the president Jiang Hong, vice president Gu Xiaomin, professor Wang Min and other delegates of Shanghai Open University (SOU) paid an official visit to Mr. Du Yue, the Secretary-General of Chinese National Commission of UNESCO. The leaders of our school briefed the development of international exchanges of SOU in the recent years, especially, carrying out the activities of the UNESCO Chairs. In order to implement the 20+20 China’s aid programme to Africa, SOU specially invited core teachers of the open universities under the supervision of ACDE coming to our school as visiting scholars; SOU also invited students from the open universities all over the world coming to China for culture trip. In addition, the development of Chinese Language course, Chinese Business course, and Chinese Culture course are also introduced. School leaders also gave some details on the preparation of the International Conference on Ubiquitous Learning jointly held with National Commission of UNESCO on May 30th, 2014, and the progress of SOU as being a pilot open university. Secretary-General Mr. Du Yue fully affirmed the international exchanges of Shanghai Open University, and he said that to some extent, the work of international exchanges of SOU was actually to fulfill our country’s obligation of international exchanges. He also expressed his willingness to give a full support to the future school work of SOU.

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