I. Brief Introduction
As a window of communication with the outside world, International Cooperation and Exchange Department combines management and services. Its function is to plan, organize and carry out international cooperation and exchange work for the University, to coordinate international exchange activities, to conduct work with the central tasks of the University, to support all departments in developing wide-ranging and various forms of international cooperation and exchange activities, to provide dynamic information about the development of distance education in the world for the University, to expand our University's international influence and establish its status in the field of open and distance education through extensive academic exchange activities.
II.The Main Responsibilities of International Cooperation and Exchange Department
- Establishing cooperative relationships, negotiating and signing cooperation and exchange agreements with foreign open and distance educational institutions, schools, academic societies, and other international educational organizations;
- Taking care of dispatching official visits abroad, pre-visit training, and collecting the results;
- Conducting external publicity work, including the establishment of the English-language website, the compilation of brochures, and the organization of external publicity activities;
- Expanding, organizing, coordinating and implementing international cooperation programmes of the University;
- Planning and organizing various international academic seminars and large-scale international conferences;
- Providing advice and suggestions on international cooperation and exchange to open universities in China and promoting the exchange of experience;
- Proposing the annual budgets on foreign affairs, and auditing the fund usage;
- Hiring foreign experts;
- Selecting, finalizing and dispatching University-sponsored visiting scholars;
- Supervising and managing all forms of international cooperation and exchange activities of the University, establishing work procedures and setting regulations to guarantee the regular function of international cooperation and activities.
Yang Yongbo is currently the Director of the International Cooperation and Exchange Department and Chen Haishan is Vice Director. Yang's major responsibilities are:
- Setting department work plans and providing annual summary reports;
- Setting annual budgets for University foreign affairs, and supervising and inspecting their implementation;
- Participating in the University's overall plan of developing key programmes for international cooperation and exchange, and being responsible for giving suggestions on setting up major cooperation programmes;
- Managing staff members and setting regulations on foreign work and dividing workload in the Division;
- Reporting to the University President in charge of foreign affairs and promptly reporting any main problems in foreign work and providing suggestions for improvements;
- Participating in major foreign reception activities;
- Participating in important negotiations of international cooperation and international conferences;
- Reviewing important documents and publicity materials for international public relations;
- Fulfilling other work required by the University.
There are two offices under the International Cooperation and Exchange Department: the Project Office and the General Management Section.
The Project Office has the following responsibilities:
- Helping the Director with investigation prior to the development of any project;
- Working with Director in developing and managing projects;
- Working with the Director in enquiring into the needs of international cooperation from each faculty and division, and putting forward cooperation initiatives with related offices;
- Drafting relevant reports and documents;
- Arranging official visits abroad;
- Helping with the management of foreign experts;
- Participating in negotiations and undertaking interpretation and translation work;
- Carrying out other tasks for the University leaders.
The General Management Section has the following responsibilities:
- Assisting the Director with foreign receptions;
- Writing general documents and public relations materials;
- Managing the English-language website;
- Contacting international organizations and paying membership fees;
- Managing exchange scholarship projects;
- Writing reports and documents, and undertaking relevant translation work;
- Managing the day-to-day work of the Section;
- Managing the archives for the Divison;
- Managing the equipment and facilities;
- Carrying out other tasks for the University leaders.
III. Introduction of Former and Current Cooperation Projects
- OUC is a member of AAOU, and held the position of Presidency from 2004 to 2007.
- OUC is an institutional member of ICDE and was elected member of the Executive Board from 2002 to 2006.
- OUC established the first on-line Confucius Institute with Michigan State University in USA in 2006.
- OUC has been working with Thompson Rivers University in Canada on the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) project since 2008.
- OUC, together with OUUK, has developed three on-line courses concerning learner support, course design and tutoring online.
- OUC has cooperated with the BBC in maintaining the "in2English" website.
- OUC has offered Sino-British Fellowships together with the Sino-British Fellowship Trust (SBFT) and the China Scholarship Council (CSC). Fifty visiting scholars have been sent to respective British institutions since 1999. This collaboration has achieved great success.
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