The UK’s Open University has strengthened its ties with the OU Network in China at a special ceremony in Beijing, attended by Universities Minister, David Willetts.
The Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, Martin Bean, joined the President of the OU in China, Dr Yang Zhijian, to sign a new agreement which will see closer working between the two institutions, benefiting students in both countries and beyond.
Currently around 200,000 Chinese students are studying for local qualifications using resources developed at the UK’s Open University.
Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, Martin Bean, said:
“For more than four decades we have been combining world-leading expertise in both teaching and technology to offer students from across the globe access to higher education. Our collaboration with China stretches right back to our earliest days, and this relationship continues to flourish. It’s great to be back in Beijing to reaffirm our commitment to our Chinese colleagues and I look forward to many more years of working together.”
The Open University is also preparing to sign two further agreements with Chinese institutions in the coming days:
• Chongqing Radio and Television University, to be signed in Chengdu
The new agreements will develop existing relationships and define areas for future collaboration. The Open University already benefits from close links with Chinese institutions, including:
• Working with the national and provincial Open Universities to help enhance the provision of open and distance education in China