On November 25, six African experts and scholars on Distance Education from South Africa, Swaziland, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria came to Shanghai Open University for research and exchanges. The exchange activity is a follow- up to the 2013 focal point meeting of UNESCO-China-African Tripartite Initiative on University Cooperation which President of Shanghai Open University Professor Jiang Hong attended and part of the International Staff Exchange Fellowship Program of SOU in year 2013.
Institute of International Exchange (IIE) held commencement ceremonies November 3rd, awarding 31 bachelor’s degrees and 54 associate bachelor’s degrees and diplomas in business administration as part of the Shanghai Open University’s joint program with the Southern Cross University of Australia.
On 10th October, Professor Claudia Cunha from Anima Education Group – GAEC of Brazil was invited to Shanghai Open University, and started her work as a 3-week visiting scholar.
There are three private universities under the supervision of GAEC, which are constituted by medical schools, law schools, business schools and etc, offering courses for both bachelor degrees and master degrees as well as no-degree courses.
Professor Cunha is engaged in the research of education information science for many years, and concerned about the challenges of distance education products innovation and management. At present, the technology team under her leadership is engaged in the design and development of online courses in Brazil. During her stay, Professor Cunha will communicate with such departments as Institute of International Exchange, Information and Network Management Center. She will also do a collaborative research on course design of distance education and information technology application with staff from teaching management, technology and administration departments. In addition, Professor Cunha will introduce the current situation and developing trends of distance education in Brazil through various activities as panel discussion, symposium, etc.
The Shanghai Open University International Student Exchange Program, hosted by the Institute of International Exchange at SOU, successfully concluded at Guoshun Campus on the morning of August 23, 2013. 24 international students from 12 countries and 10 universities, including the Open University of Netherlands, The Open University in UK, Dublin City Univeristy, Universitadegli Studi Guglielmo Marconi, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, etc. participated in the event.