A delegation of RMIT University, led by David McElgunn, Deputy Dean of VE Programs of RMIT, came to visit Shanghai Open University (SOU) in the afternoon of April 14. Members of the delegation also include Anthony Graham, Manager of Industry Engagement and Partnerships of RMIT, Greg McCullough, CEO of Dynamic Learning Services Co., Alan Lee, CEO of Sino-Australia Health Education Group, and Henson Qian, Project Manager of Shineville Education.
The delegation visited the Digital Laboratory for Open Education at SOU at first to have a better understanding of the digital education resources and the application of information technology on education at SOU.
After that, GU Xiaomin, Vice President of SOU met with the delegation. XUE Wei, Director of the Academic Office, FAN Jun, Dean of the College of Public Administration, HUANG Fusheng, Associate Director of the President’s Office, FEN Peirong, Director of the Department of Home Economics and Health Management, and staff from the Institute of International Exchange also attended the meeting.
GU Xiaomin briefly introduced the development history, the characteristics, and the current stage of development of SOU. David McElgunn said, RMIT is a highly globalized comprehensive university, and there are many similarities between RMIT and SOU, including the goal of education, targets of education service, cultivation modes, and the development of IT on education. Both RMIT and SOU attach importance to the cultivation of talents with practical skills and work experience.
Gu Xiaomin introduced the Department of Home Economics and Health Management of SOU to the guests, and proposed the ideas of collaboration between SOU and RMIT in the areas of aged care and hospitality. Later, the two sides had further discussion on degree education, certificate education, course introduction, sharing of curriculum resources, the transfer of academic credits, training program for teaching faculties, as well as the modes of collaboration. In the end, both sides reached a preliminary intent on cooperation.