2019 International Visiting Scholar Program Sponsored by Shanghai Open University Shanghai, China
Shanghai Open University is pleased to announce that applications for its 2019 International Visiting Scholar Program are now being accepted.
Shanghai Open University, sponsored by the Shanghai Municipal People’s government, approved by the Ministry of Education of China and subject to the administration of Shanghai Education Commission, is a new type of institution of higher education. It was formerly known as Shanghai TV University, which was founded in 1960. SOU provides open and distance education to adults at undergraduate and junior college level and is technically supported by ICT. SOU has more than 470,000 graduates since its foundation. Adapting to the needs of economic and social developments in Shanghai, SOU carries out large-scale non-academic education and training for about half a million people in various types of training and examinations each year. SOU established several colleges with features for those who have special learning needs. SOU has currently the largest number of college students in Shanghai, and also serves as an important platform for the construction of lifelong education system and learning-oriented society in Shanghai. SOU is also the coordinating institution of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network in Distance and Open Learning, and has been awarded the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Alkhalifa Prize for the use of ICT in education. SOU was awarded “Excellence Group Work Award” by the International Council of Open and Distance Education (ICDE) and “Excellent Support Organization Award” by the African Council of Distance Education （ACDE）. SOU carries out strategic cooperation with Open Universities of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and ACDE. SOU passed the education quality audit of the International Council of Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
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/or 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.
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.
Duration of the Program
Onsite in Shanghai: 2 weeks from June 10th to June 21st. 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.
Deadline for application: March 29th, 2019
Notification of acceptance: April 12th, 2019
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.
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.
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-school Education, Nursing for The Elderly, Public Safety & Emergency Management, Artistic Design, and International Chinese Language 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.
SOU will provide the following for the fellowship:
Living expense allowance & transportation within Shanghai (during the two weeks), which is 250 RMB per day for the allowance, and 200RMB in total for the inner-city transportation, both are before tax.
Workspace with Wi-Fi, telephone and internet access
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 during your application 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. 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.
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.
How to Apply?
Please refer Please refer to the website of the International Institute of Exchange of Shanghai Open University: http://iie.sou.edu.cn/en/immersionhub/visiting-scholar-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!
Ms. Dorothy Tang
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.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, Shanghai, China, 200433
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