• Immersion Hub 2019 International Visiting Scholar Program

The SOU welcomes scholars, researchers, government officials, and doctoral and post-doctoral candidates from around the world to pursue research activities at SOU. Each year, two sessions of the program are held during the Spring and Autumn terms lasting two weeks. From a pool of international applicants, a group of visiting scholars are invited to the SOU campus to conduct independent research or in collaboration with members of the SOU faculty. Visiting scholars benefit from a stipend, accommodation and most meals, on-campus workspace, ample opportunities to exchange ideas with our faculty, other international visiting scholars and neighboring institutions, and present their work to the SOU faculties and students. In addition, the Visiting Scholar Program has provided unique international networking opportunities that extend well beyond the duration of the program.

Shanghai Open University is pleased to announce that applications for its 2019 International Visiting Scholar Program are now being accepted.

Shanghai Open University (SOU) as approved by Chinese Ministry of Education is a higher education institute which is providing distance open education to adults with support of modern information and communication technologies. We have provided degree education for 350,000 graduates since our establishment in 1960 along with numerous training certificate programs in collaboration with Shanghai’s public and private sectors as a key contribution towards Shanghai’s goal of developing as a Learning Society.

In order to promote global cooperation between universities, other institutions and interested scholars through academic exchange and to enhance the quality of teaching and research in the field of open and distance learning, SOU has successfully conducted the International Visiting Scholar Program each Spring and Autumn since 2013, with participation by the member universities and institutes of African Council for Distance Education (ACDE), Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), as well as other universities and institutes that currently provide or are developing open and distance education all over the world.

Program Size

SOU is offering up to 15 fellowships for the 2019 International Visiting Scholar Program. We have found that offering the program on this scale promotes excellent collaboration and exchange among the visiting scholars and their SOU colleagues, not only for the duration of the on-site program, but for years to follow. Our International Visiting Scholar program is unique in that we use the same ‘blended model’ as we do in our courses to combine both face-to-face and mobile and internet distance education to create global communities of scholarship for our Visiting Scholars.

Requirements for Candidates

The candidates for the program

  • Must have relevant teaching and/or research experience in open & distance learning.

  • Must possess a post-graduate degree and have held the position as an instructor or above in home institutions.

  • Must have fluent written and oral English ability (the working language for all official activities is English).

  • In good health and no black mark.

  • Besides the above requirements, applicants who have administrative management experience, or who have been engaged with the collaborative research with SOU, will be given priority in consideration.

Financial Information

SOU will provide the following for the fellowship:

  • Hotel accommodation

  • Living expense allowance & transportation within Shanghai (250 RMB per day, 200RMB in total for the transportation within Shanghai)

  • Workspace with wifi, telephone and internet access

How to Apply?

Please refer to the website of the International Institute of Exchange of Shanghai Open University: http://iie.sou.edu.cn/en/immersionhub/application/application-form-of-immersion-hub-visiting-scolars-program/ to complete the online application.

We very much look forward to hearing from you and would also appreciate your sharing this invitation with others in your professional networks who might be interested in applying. Everyone will be assured a warm welcome in Shanghai and the SOU!

Further Information

The website of Shanghai Open University: http://global.sou.edu.cn/
The website of Institute of International Exchange of SOU: http://iie.sou.edu.cn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/n/?shanghaiopenuniversity

Duration of the Program

Onsite in Shanghai: 2 weeks from June 10th to June 21th. SOU also maintains Wechat social network groups for Visiting Scholars to foster and maintain professional collaboration and support before, during and after the onsite program.

Important Dates

Required Materials for Application (Written in English)

  • Curriculum Vitae (candidates should have advanced English skills and hold a M.A degree or above)

  • A research proposal of the fellowship program: it could be a study on practices of SOU or a comparative study between SOU and their home institutions, proposal for future collaboration, etc. Topics may include but are not restricted to:

  1. Quality assurance of open and distance learning(ODL)

  2. Teachers professional development of open and distance learning

  3. Research on the design of personalized service for ODL

  4. Research on open learning analytics

  5. Research on team teaching in ODL

  6. Specialty development & course development in ODL

  • Specialty includes: Pre-education, Nursing for The Elderly, Public Safety & Emergency Management, Artistic Design, International Chinese Education & Chinese Culture
    ※Shanghai Open University will give priority to the topics related to the research fields and on-going projects of SOU faculty or collaborative research in order to promote international exchanges and collaboration.

  • A professional letter of recommendation from the president/chancellor of the home institution.

  • A recent photo of the applicant.

Required Health Insurance

All fellows are required to show proof of health insurance for the entire length of their stay that meets specified minimum levels of coverage (Please send us the copy via email or by person at arrival). Fellows who bring health insurance from their home country must bring a copy of the complete policy in English. If these conditions are not met, they must purchase insurance in China.

Fellows’ Activities and Responsibilities

  • The nominated candidates should keep regular electronic contact with the SOU to inform the process of applying for visas and making travel plans.

  • Visiting and meeting with relevant departments and facilities(Shanghai Education Resources Center, the university library, Department of Research and Development, Information & Network Management Center, Teaching Affairs Office, Student Affairs Office, SOU branch schools, etc.).

  • Conducting their proposed research.

  • Giving a presentation based on their research conducted during their stay at SOU and the introduction of their own institutions.

  • Submitting a final report (Min. 3000 words) on the outcome of the research to SOU within 30 days at the conclusion of the program.

  • The Fellow will also be required to complete a feedback form on the quality of the Fellowship program.

The SOU reserves the right to cancel any fellowship offer if full visa and travel plans have not been successfully completed and the SOU so notified at least two weeks prior to the start date of the program.

Contact details:

Ms. Dorothy Tang

Email: tanghf@sou.edu.cn, or 2383467916@qq.com
Telephone: +86 21 2565 3412
Fax: +86 21 25653267
Mobile: +86 13671627400
Mail Address: The Institute of International Exchange of SOU
Room 402, Building No.1
288 Guoshun Road
China, 200433




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