Hunan Shares Vocational Education Experiences
On December 4 and 5, a symposium on “A Cooperation Platform to Share Experiences of China’s Vocational Education Development—School-Enterprise Cooperation” was held in Changsha. It was co-sponsored by the Hunan Provincial Education Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Peking University. Representatives from ADB, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and other Asian countries and regions attended.
The ADB Hunan Vocational Education Project was approved by the National Development and Reform Commission in March 2013, and approved by the ADB Board of Directors in June 2013, which came into effect in November of the same year. The total investment is about 100 million USD, of which 50 million USD is on an ADB loan, and 50 million USD is self-funded. This is the first vocational education project that was funded by ADB in China, and the first time that ADB loans have been used in the field of education in Hunan. The whole project includes the following single programs: 13 schools/colleges engaging in higher and secondary vocational education, such as Hunan Industrial Vocational College and Changsha Vocational College of Civil Affairs; 5 unit construction projects of new teaching buildings, libraries and training buildings; and upgrading and updating teaching and scientific research instruments and equipment.
The participants took an inspection tour to the Hunan Mechanical & Electrical Polytechnic, where they were told about an education program about cultivating Makers, the situation of the integration of industry and education, and school-enterprise cooperation projects.
They went to the Simulated Nursing Home and the Health Pension Innovation Research and Development Center in the Changsha Vocational College of Civil Affairs.
They visited the Changsha Vocational Education Base and the Hunan Cuisine School of the Changsha Vocational College of Trade and Tourism, where they learned about the industry and education integration and school-enterprise cooperation projects.