Shanghai Open University (SOU) as approved by Chinese Ministry of Education is a higher education institute which is providing distance open education to adults with support of modern information and communication technologies. We have provided degree education for 350,000 graduates since our establishment in 1960 along with numerous training certificate programs in collaboration with Shanghai’s public and private sectors as a key contribution towards Shanghai’s goal of developing as a Learning Society.
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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.
April 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.
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.
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.
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.