Institute of International Open Education of Shanghai Open University was established on August, 2011. It is an interdisciplinary, comprehensive, international academic institution, which also combines research, communication and consulting in one. Institute of International Open Education follows the academic idea of “free and open, rigorous and realistic, inclusive and sharing” and the carries the research mission of “develop the research theory of open education, serve the practice of open education”, with the purpose of “providing the best research environment, gathering and making full use of research talents, cultivating great research achievements and flourishing the academic research of Shanghai Open University”, in order to make Institute of International Open Education as a famous research center of open education, a base for high-level research talents and a think tank for the decisional counseling of open education for China.
Institute of International Open Education integrates the research strength of Higher Education, Adult Education, Educational Technology and Comparative Education, etc. both in at home and aboard, both within and out of Shanghai Open University, and focusing on the multidisciplinary research on the area of open education and distance education. The mainly research aspects include: the policy research on international open education, research on management, research on technology application, research on learning-support service, research on course development , applied research on open education in international elementary education, higher education and life-long education, as well as the comparative research of open education organizations all over the world.