Shenzhen will build a university of science and technology to boost its higher education strength, according to the city’s education authority.
The university will enroll students from vocational schools. Its educational focus will be on practical skills. Details on the school’s location and when it will open remain undisclosed.
Despite the city proposing to set up at least two vocational institutes in their 12th five-year plan for education, they haven’t made any actions toward that aim. In early July, the issue was brought to the forefront again during two vocational education conferences held in the city in early July.
The city has two leading vocational education institutes, Shenzhen Polytechnic and Shenzhen Institute of Information Technology, which are seeing their numbers of enrollment on the rise in recent years but they still can’t meet the demands for vocational education in the city.
A city college under Shenzhen University is under construction to accommodate the higher education demands from local students.
Like other cities in China, Shenzhen’s vocational education has its bottleneck and creating higher education opportunities would be a top priority.
The city’s education authority admitted that some of the city’s vocational schools face quite a number of difficulties, including poor infrastructure, weak teaching faculties and outdated course settings that fail to provide talents required for society’s development.
The city’s education bureau said the city will expand its vocational education scale and encourage social resources to invest in vocational education. In the next three years, more privately owned vocational schools will be built.