Open University of China

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The Open University of China
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TypeNational Public
Established21 June 2012 [1]
Students2.7 million [2]
Open University of China
The Open University of China
Traditional Chinese國家開放大學
Simplified Chinese国家开放大学
China Central Radio and TV University
Traditional Chinese中央廣播電視大學
Simplified Chinese中央广播电视大学

The Open University of China (Chinese: 国家开放大学) was established in Beijing in 1979. Its old name was China Central Radio and TV University (中央广播电视大学 or 中央电大), which reflects its heritage of providing a system of higher education through radio and television. The university is directly under the supervision of the Ministry of Education. The current president is Dr. Ge Daokai, Sun Lüyi, Li Linshu and Yan Bing are vice presidents, and Zhang Hui is party secretary of the university.[3]

Currently, most courses are blended between face-to-face sessions and online/distance learning. It operates through 44 provincial radio and television universities (PTVUs), 279 prefectural/civic branch schools and 625 district/county work stations.

The RTVU system employs nearly 85,000 staff (including 52,600 full-time staff).[4] It offers 75 majors in 9 disciplines and 24 specialties including science, engineering, agricultural science, medicine, literature, law, economics, management, and education.


  • Faculty of Arts & Law
  • Faculty of Economics & Management
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Teacher Education
  • Faculty of Foreign Languages
  • Faculty of Agroforestry & Medicine.



  • About the Open University of China
  • China's Radio & TV Universities and The British Open University: A comparative study. Wei Runfang. Yilin Press 2008. ISBN 978-7-5447-0803-6
  • World Bank's history of CRTVU

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