MoE Invests RMB 2b Building Institution-Enterprise Collaboration
The MoE is encouraging a central-provincial joint investment model to push for in-depth collaboration between the applied education institutions and enterprises. The MoE plans to invest RMB 2.25b (USD 350m) in 2018 (an 83% increase on last year’s central government funding last year) into 10 provinces, 100 cities and 1,000 projects. The newly issued “VET School-Enterprise Collaboration Methods” clearly provides the freedom for joint entities (VET schools and enterprises) to decide curriculum, training and teaching methods, and implement apprenticeships. It also allows the government to work with capital providers to purchase services from 3rd parties in order to meet their talent needs in applied fields.
It is estimated that in 2017, 24,000 technical staff from enterprises took part-time lecturing positions in universities/VET schools, and 10,000 lecturers took sabbatical leave to work at enterprises. Enterprises provided funding and other support to the tune of RMB 3.5 billion (USD 540m) last year. The funding will also be used to establish the 43 newly approved applied undergraduate disciplines, including AI manufacturing, AI medical engineering and big data, which will be widely adopted by universities who are transitioning to become VET schools/applied universities.
To date there are over 1,000 joint programs and joint institutes at VET level who have been approved by provincial/municipal education departments. For a full-list of VET programs, please click here.