With the issuance of China’s National Vocational Education Reform Implementation Plan, 2019 marked the first year of China’s vocational education reform. During the two sessions of 2020, vocational education reform was brought on the table again, with more and more plans proposed to build technical colleges for the future. Generally speaking, vocational education has come into the spotlight.
In February this year, Department for International Trade witnessed a remote signing ceremony. National Center for Schooling Development Programme (CSDP）, Zhanhua People’s Government of Binzhou, Shandong, and UK Sectors Centre of Excellence (UKSCE) joined hands to build Dagao Talent Hub for Unmanned Equipment and Technology, to promote the integration between industry and education.
The project aims to build a pilot field for drone applications in Shandong Province. Starting from policy support, government linkage, advantageous educational resources, and specialized enterprises, this project will establish a cycle of integration between industry and education, forming a loop of supply and demand from industry to talent, and talent back to industry.
On the basis of the existing airport and other facilities of the Dagao Aviation City, the project mainly includes: one hub, three schools, six colleges and nine workshops.
One hub: International talent hub for integration between industry and education
British skilled talent training system has been fully introduced to establish an intelligent industry-education integration engine CDM, form a data analysis system for regional economic development and a skilles ID platform, and to realize an interactive system for human resources and industrial development.
Three schools: middle school, primary school and kindergarten
The project will establish middle school, primary school and kindergarten and introduce international-standard teaching staff and education resources, to further promote local education development. The three schools are planning to recruit 10,000 students in total, among which the high school also welcomes non-local and foreign students.
Six colleges: six colleges covering different majors and professions
The first phase offers 6 core majors: UAV, advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, data analysis, animation and healthcare. In the second phase, 14 majors will be set up to form a complete international college of Applied Technology. Each college occupies 30,000 square meters, and is divided into 5 classes: foundation, higher vocational one, higher vocational two, higher vocational three, and bachelors-masters degrees.
Nine workshops: industry-education integration centre
Each major corresponds to a company, which undertakes the teaching and production tasks of each major. Each workshop occupies 5,000 square meters and has its own teaching facilities. Degree apprenticeship system in the UK has been introduced to Dagao integration of industry and education, which was further characterized by double-qualified teachers and bilingual training.
The vocational education in the UK involves employers, industry associations, and apprentices. The unified standards not only meet the employers’ needs, but also meets the diverse needs of different regions in China’s huge market, which is more in line with China industry characteristics.
Education and Skills Agency at Department of International Trade highly praised this project, commenting that this project perfectly introduced the apprenticeship in the UK to meet the complex market demand in China.
On top of that, UKSCE is providing personalized services to Chinese vocational colleges and institutions, instead of copying what has been done in the UK. We are offering localisation advice to Chinese colleges on the basis of the successful experience of British colleges, providing feasible curriculum reform and teacher reorganization plan for Chinese vocational colleges.
Under the premise of expanding the China-UK educational partnership with the Department of International Trade, we have been committed to introducing high-quality education resources from the UK into the Chinese market, providing efficient and comprehensive solutions for major institutions, and jointly assisting the international vocational education development.