President: China ready to step up mutual learning
China actively promotes the development of high-quality vocational education and supports communication and cooperation between China and other countries in the sector, President Xi Jinping said Friday.
Xi made the remarks in a congratulatory letter sent to the first World Vocational and Technical Education Development Conference, which is being held online and onsite in the northern coastal city of Tianjin until Saturday.
Vocational education is closely associated with socio-economic development and is of great importance in boosting employment and entrepreneurship and improving people’s livelihoods, he said in the letter.
China is willing to work with other countries to strengthen mutual learning and sharing to implement the Global Development Initiative and contribute to the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Development. sustainable, he said.
In an instruction on improving the country’s vocational education last year, Xi said vocational education has a bright future and great potential as China moves towards socialist modernization.
He called for efforts to accelerate the development of the modern vocational education system and train more high-quality technical professionals.
Vice Premier Sun Chunlan said the government has always attached great importance to vocational education and built the world’s largest vocational education system, with more than 11,300 vocational schools producing more than 10 million graduates each year.
Vocational education is the most direct, fundamental and effective way to train high-quality technical talent. Through professional education, students can improve their overall abilities, broaden their career development prospects and enjoy the opportunity to shine, she said via video link.
The country actively promotes international communication and cooperation in vocational education. It has established cooperation with more than 70 countries and international organizations in the field of vocational education and set up 20 Luban workshops in 19 countries and regions, she said.
China will build another 20 Luban workshops in countries and regions involved in the Belt and Road Initiative and 20 vocational education centers in African countries, she added.
Li Hongzhong, Party Secretary of Tianjin, said that as one of the cradles of modern manufacturing and modern education, Tianjin has laid a solid foundation in the development of vocational education.
The city is the only vocational education reform and innovation demonstration zone in China and has successfully held many national vocational education competitions, Li said.
Malaysian Higher Education Minister Noraini Ahmad said technical and vocational education and training institutions in Malaysia are already cooperating with Chinese companies such as Huawei, Alibaba and ZTE.
The country looks forward to continued cooperation between government institutions and industry players in the two countries, she said.
Chris Hipkins, New Zealand’s Minister for Education, said the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause significant disruption to education around the world, but the disruption is also creating opportunities for change.
This is an exciting time for international cooperation in vocational education and training. Since 2014, New Zealand and China have been cooperating in the sector and there is a wide range of opportunities for further cooperation, he said.
About 700 representatives from 123 countries and regions are attending the conference, which is themed “Development of Vocational and Technical Education in the Post-Pandemic Era – New Changes, New Paths and New Skills.”
Organized by the Ministry of Education, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Tianjin Municipal Government, the two-day event aims to establish a communication and cooperation mechanism in between different countries and to build consensus on the development of vocational education.