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The 27th ICDE World Conference (ICDE2017) in Toronto, Canada

Co-hosted by ICDE and Contact North (Ontario’s Distance Education and Training Network created by the Government of Ontario), the 27th ICDE World Conference was held at Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from 16th to 19th October 2017. From OUJ, Vice President Prof. Tatsuhiko Ikeda, Direcor of OUJ Library Prof. Masaya Iwanaga, Prof. Tsuneo Yamada and Deputy Divison Head of General Affairs Division Mr. Kenjiro Jin participated the conference.

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OUJ delegation made a site visit at Athabasca University and renewed the collaborative agreement

From October 12th to 13th, OUJ delegation consisting of Director of the Library, Masaya Iwanaga, Prof. Tsuneo Yamada and Deputy Division Head of General Affairs Division, Kenjiro Jin visited Athabasca University (AU) located in Alberta, Canada, for the purposes of learning AU’s institutional sysytem and online courses, and the renewal of the existing collaborative agreement between the two institutions.

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The 31st AAOU Annual Conference in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Hosted by Terbuka University, the 31st Annual Conference of Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) was held at Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from the 27th to the 29th September 2017.

About 300 university officials and educational experts in the field of open and distance learning from more than 20 Asian countries participated the conference.

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Delegation from Ministry of Education of People’s Republic of China

On September 26th 2017, Tokyo Bunkyo Study Center of OUJ welcomed seven visitors from Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, including Mr. Chen Ziji, Head of the National Educational Development Research Center.

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The Open University of Japan has renewed the Memorandum of Understanding with Royal University of Bhutan

OUJ has signed the Memorandum of Understanding with Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) on 18 August 2017.

From OUJ, Professor Kawai visited RUB on behalf of President Kisugi and participated the signing ceremony for the conclusion of the MoU with Vice Chancellor Nidup Dorji of RUB.

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7th OUJ-OUC-KNOU International Seminar (7th and 8th Sep. 2017)

OUJ organized the 7th OUJ-OUC-KNOU International Seminar at OUJ headquarters in Chiba. This seminar has been initiated amongst the three universities of Korea, China and Japan from 2009 for the purpose of cultivating further ties and exchanging experiences, and has been held almost every year taking turns at hosting. This year, five delegates including President Yang Zhijian of the Open University of China (OUC) and four delegates including Acting President Oi Sook Kim of Korea National Open University (KNOU) participated in the seminar.

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Visitor from SRH Fernhochschule The Mobile University

On June 9th 2017, OUJ received the researcher, Professor Christine Schimek from SRH Fernhochschule, The Mobile University in Germany.

SRH Fernhochschule is the distance education institution established in 1996 and has the characteristics of functioning as vocational training targeted at working adults.

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Delegation from The National Open University (Taiwan)

The delegation consisting of three researchers from The National Open University (NOU) have visited the headquarters of OUJ, Chiba and Saitama Study Centers on 2nd June, 2017

Last year, OUJ and NOU have renewed the MOU which was concluded originally in 1993, to facilitate mutual friendship, academic research and educational cooperation between the two institutions.

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Delegation from Hunan Radio and TV University

Led by Vice President Jianjun Liu, the delegation consisting of five researchers from Hunan Radio and TV University visited OUJ on 1st June, 2017.

Hunan Radio and TV University is a public open university in China established in 1979 and has 20 branch campuses, one of which is operated directly and the rest are jointly managed by the local institutions, where more than 145,000 students are studying as of the end of 2016.

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Vice President Attended ICDE Leadership Summit 2017

Hosted by LORIA at Université de Lorraine, ICDE Leadership Summit 2017 was held at Nancy, France from 22-23 May 2017 with the theme “Leadership: when transforming education through learning analytics and adaptive learning”.

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