Ma Liang sharing outlook on the Integration of Industry and Education from UAV Education

On October 24, 2020, the Pearson Golden Autumn Media Conference was held in Beijing. At the conference, experts and professionals from the government, enterprises, colleges, and media discussed the future development and trends of education, shared successful cases and experiences, and discussed how to accelerate the digital transformation and build a lifelong learning ecological chain under the increasingly internationalized situation.

Ma Liang, the director of UKSCE, shared his view in the session of the Integration of Industry and Education from UAV. The session was also attended by the director of Tsinghua University Intelligent UAV Engineering Technology Center, Qingting Education CEO Hao Yanan, and Buyun Aviation Technology Chairman Yan Zhongjie. They shared their experience in the exploration of the close integration of the development of professional talents with the actual needs of enterprises.

Ma Liang: Talent Hub for Unmanned Equipment and Technology (THUET), located in Shandong Province, is the first THUET committed to general aviation development in China. Based on “one park + three schools + six institutions + nine workshops”, it is an excellent integration of British vocational education and intelligent education. In the nine workshops, which is the industry-education integration center, each major corresponds to a company. And they undertake the teaching and production tasks of each major respectively. We introduce the British degree apprenticeship system, which effectively implements the international industry-education integration featuring “dual campus and dual teacher bilingual teaching”. And we have been committed to the scientific and forward-looking concept that when we are recruiting students, we provide them an offer for employment.

Hao Yannan: UAV is one of the few industries in China that has taken a leading position in the world. Combined with the integration of industry and education, we want to establish the education system of this major and build laboratories and drone manufacturing enterprises so that students can seamlessly connect with the industry. It means that they can directly see the production in enterprises when they go to school, and at the same time, participate in drone assembly, adjustment, mapping, and other industries. This is of great significance for the overall vocational education industry in China, including the world. But for the standards of the drone industry, assessment, evaluation, I think there is still a long way to go. We are willing to work with Pearson to sort out the assessment standards domestically and push it to the international level to establish a global assessment system.

Yan Zhongjie: In both home and abroad, the government pays great attention to UAV talent training. In China, there are currently 330 colleges and universities across the country who have UAV department. But it’s far from being well-established. The development is hindered by the lack of teachers, systematic teaching materials and training equipment. In the past few years, we have developed a teaching resource library, focusing on the UAV teaching equipment, teaching materials system, teaching software, examinations, etc. Drones are transnational, and there is a great demand for UAV talents in both the domestic and international markets. Our next goal is to internationalize UAV certification and promote the training of UAV talents to the Belt and Road countries and even the world.

The event was attended by Liu Zhimin, director of Innovation and Development Department at National Center for Schooling Development Programme, Lin Guozhang, Managing Director of Pearson China and South Asia, Liu Jing, Director of Education and Skills Agency at Department for International Trade, Liu Shuyun, President of Liugui Group, and Gao Jianjun, Director of International Qualification and Skills Assessment, Pearson Greater China. All attendees shared their opinions on topics such as British Experience Meets the Internationalization of Chinese Education, Online-Offline and Content-Platform Collaboration.