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A Study Visit from the Open University of Guangdong

On June 26th, led by Vice President Sun(孫), a delegation consisting of six faculty members of the Open University of Guangdong in China visited OUJ. This visit was coordinated through the Japan-China Society and to learn case studies of advanced Japanese education for elderly people.

The Open University of Guangdong was established in November 1978 as one of the six open universities in China, with its predecessor being the Guangdong Radio and TV University. It belongs to the Guangdong Provincial Education Office and provides distance education to the whole society by using IT technology.

The delegation was welcomed by Prof. Yamada, the chairperson of International Exchange Committee and Prof. Yuan of Psychology and Education Course. After the introduction of OUJ made by Prof. Yuan, they exchanged souvenirs and took pictures with OUJ participants.

Subsequently, the delegation toured Chiba Study Center, the library, the master control room, and the studio. At Chiba Study Center they happened to have an opportunity to interact with the students, who were working on their research and circle activities. The tour was very fulfilling for them.

The 9th KNOU-OUC-OUJ International Seminar Held at KNOU in Seoul

The 9th KNOU-OUC-OUJ International Seminar hosted by Korea National Open University (KNOU) was held in Seoul on 23 and 24 May 2019, with attendance of representatives from the Open University of China (OUC) and OUJ. This seminar has been held in rotation since 2009 between the three open universities.

The main theme was “Transforming Open Education with Innovative Technologies”, and the six delegates of three universities gave presentations from the perspectives of technologies to support learning and to support teaching respectively.
At the opening ceremony, President Ryu Su Noh of KNOU made the opening remarks followed by President Kisugi and Vice President Yang Xiaotang of OUC expressing congratulations.

In the morning session 1, Prof. Junichiro Kishine gave a speech under the theme of “Technologies to support bi-directional learning in natural science education: some attempts in the Open University of Japan”. In the speech, he introduced some of his television, radio and online courses at OUJ, and his ideas and efforts for how to maintain bi-directional learning for students were shared.

In the afternoon session 2 where Vice President Iwanaga chaired, Prof. Katsuya Ishizaki gave a speech titled “Technologies to Support Teaching”. The talk was focusing on the introduction of ICT technology conducted in his TV course "Introduction to Calculus ('16)" and "Problems and Exercises in Calculus ('19)".

After the three lectures, the open discussion and Q & A led by Mr. Ock Tae Kim, Dean of Office Planning, KNOU followed. The seminar was concluded with the closing address by KNOU President and the announcement of 10th OUJ-KNOU-OUC Seminar to be held in Japan next year was made by President Kisugi soon afterwards.

In this seminar, we were able to share information and ideas on new attempts at each university. And the relationship among the three open universities has been further deepened.

Delegation from the School of Political Science at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University in Thailand

On May 21, a deletation of nine faculty members from the School of Political Science at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU) visited OUJ.

The delegation arrived at Makuhari Headquarters of OUJ before noon, and had time to have a conversation with President Kisugi and Vice President Iwanaga. In the afternoon, after receiving an overview of OUJ, they toured the studio, library, Chiba Study Center, and the master control room.

Subsequently, Prof. Miwa of Informatics course gave a presentation for the delegation on the university's approach to lifelong learning. After the presentation, STOU members asked various questions to her. It was a good opportunity for the two open universities to talk about common issues such as aging societies of the both countries.

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