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Address by UNESCO Chair Holder in Distance Education in East Asia
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Welcome to the website of the UNESCO Chair in Distance Education in East Asia at Shanghai Open University!
Shanghai Television University was founded in 1960 and revived in 1978, and all staff has been working hard and diligently over the years in the field of Open and Distance Education. It’s great fortune for us to establish UNESCO Chair in Distance Education in East Asia at Shanghai Open University since 1997 and also won the “Silver human resources development” issued by United Nations economic and social cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Committee
With the concern and support of UNESCO and domestic educational authorities, STVU actively carry out international academic exchanges, especially in recent years with UNESCO, the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), Commonwealth Community Learning (COL), the Asian Association of Open University (AAOU) and other international organizations, STVU held a series of influential international conferences and seminar such as “2003 World Summit of Mega Universities”, “2004 the 18th AAOU Annual Conference” as well as “2005-2007 UNESCO Chair’s Serial International Training Workshops”, which have greatly facilitated exchange and cooperation of distance education between China and the rest of the world, and also promoted our own cause by leaps and bounds.
Encouraged and supported by UNESCO, We now open the website with the aim of providing an open platform for our colleagues at home and abroad to share academic achievements and experiences both in theory and practice. It also can be helpful for international organizations and foreign researchers to learn more about the development of distance education in China.
This newly opened website, just like a newborn baby, needs love and care from all societies. Your opinions and suggestions are valuable and always welcome. I sincerely hope this website, with the cooperation of other professional institutions, will make active contribution to the development of distance education in China and the rest of the world.
Professor Zhang Deming
Chair Holder in Distance Education in East Asia
President of Shanghai Open University UNESCO
November 15, 2006 in Shanghai