The Inspiration from the University for Industry in UK for the
Founding of Open University in China
(Research Department, Shaanxi Radio and TV University, Xi’an 710068, China)
Abstract: The University for Industry (UfI) is a new educational organization that was formed at the beginning of the 21st century in Britain. The goal of UfI is to provide lifelong education for the entire nation. This paper analyzes the operational practice of UfI in the last ten years from five perspectives, including the prior research work and the policy assurance, the organizational orientation and the strategic target, the operational pattern and the marketing strategy, the system network and the support service, and the quality assurance and the brand image. Meanwhile, the article also discusses the implications UfI for China in the establishment of its own open university.
Keywords: lifelong education; open and distance education; the University for Industry in UK; open university in China; inspiration