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OUJ Delegates Participated in the 80th Anniversary Conference of National University of Mongolia

From October 4th to 6th, 2022, the OUJ delegation consisting of Prof. Tsuneo Yamada, Advisor to the OUJ President and Chair of the International Exchange Committee, Prof. Yumiko Nara, and Ms. Mai Tanaka, Deputy Head of General Affairs Division, participated in the 80th anniversary celebration conference of NUM.

Truly Chiral Phonons Observed in Three-Dimensional Materials for the First Time

Chirality can be true or false, depending on the symmetry of dynamic propagation. Crystal lattice vibrations, called phonons, can also display chirality as has been shown in some two-dimensional structures. However, truly chiral phonons have never been observed in three-dimensional systems—that is, until now. Researchers from Tokyo Tech have identified these for the first time, in bulk cinnabar. Utilizing pseudo-angular momentum, their method can be used to identify the chirality in crystalline structures.

ICDE Leadership Summit 2022

From January 20-21, ICDE hosted its first fully hybrid event, the ICDE Leadership Summit 2022 on the theme of ‘Leadership for EdTech Oriented Innovation in Education’. The summit was co-hosted by ICDE and the Korea National Open University (KNOU) and was sponsored by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of Republic of Korea.

OUJ International Conference 2021 Online"New UNESCO OER Recommendation and OER technologies"

The purposes of the seminar are (1) to disseminate the new UNESCO OER Recommendation to Japanese stakeholders and (2) to share the latest OER activities especially focusing on OER technologies. The seminar title is "New UNESCO OER Recommendation and OER technologies".

The conference is consisted of 4 recorded lectures (15 min each) and Online Panel Discussion and Q&A session (max, 90 min). The interactive online session will be scheduled on 14th March.

The Open University of Japan has renewed the Memorandum of Understanding with the National Open University, Taiwan

OUJ, President Prof. Masaya Iwanaga and NOU, President Prof. Sung-Po Chen signed the agreement on Nov.26, 2021. The ceremony for signing the MOU was held online, due to the influence of the Covid-19.

ICDE Virtual Global Conference Week 2021

The “ICDE Virtual Global Conference Week 2021: Upskilling and upscaling for quality Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (OFDL)” was held virtually during the week of 25 - 29 October 2021, as the virtual version of the ICDE World Conference 2021.

Keynote Speech on “The 20th China International Conference on Distance Education” by Prof. Masaya Iwanaga, President of OUJ

The 20th China International Conference on Distance Education was held by the Open University of China(OUC) on October 14-15, 2021 in Beijing. President Prof. Iwanaga was invited to deliver a 30-minute keynote speech at the conference. The topic of the speech was “Orientation and Role of Open Universities in the New Norm of Post-Covid-19.”

The 34th AAOU Annual Conference hosted by OUSL, Sri Lanka

Hosted by the Open University of Sri Lanka, the 34th Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) Annual Conference was held at Cinnamon Grand Colombo from the 1st to the 3rd of June 2021. About 200 university officials and educational experts in the field of open and distance learning from 23 countries participated in the conference. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was conducted in the form of a hybrid conference combining onsite and online attendance and presentations, and OUJ participated in it online.

The 28th ICDE World Conference in Dublin, Ireland

Hosted by Dublin City University (DCU) and National Institute of Digital Learning (NIDL), the 28th ICDE World Conference of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) was held at Dublin Convention Center in Dublin, Ireland, from November 3 to 8, 2019. More than 360 people including educational experts mainly from European countries participated. From OUJ Prof. Kumiko Aoki and Prof. Motofumi Suzuki of Informatics, Department of Liberal Arts, took part in it.

OUJ Newly Concluded MOU with National University of Mongolia

On 15th October 2019, OUJ has concluded MOU with National University of Mongolia (NUM). NUM was established in 1942 as the first national university in Mongolia. Thereafter, Medical Department, Science and Technology Department and Education Department have respectively become independent as a university apart from the original organization, and it has currently more than 20,000 students in five departments, which is the largest number in the country.