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   9th April 2013  

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Secondary vocational schools in Guangzhou open “International Class”



Guangzhou Vocational High School of Trade will open an “ATU International Course” in September of 2013. The first enrolment of students will be restricted to two classes. Students in these two classes can study in American universities without further examinations. The major offered from this course will be Business English. When American universities recruit these students, they will have to be aware of the students' English, Mathematics and Chinese literacy scores and also the socio-economic backgrounds of students.

据了解, 中职“国际班”的学生在一、二年级按照中职阶段人才培养模式学习,重点强化英语。 同时嵌入美国大学模拟课程,包括社会科学、数学、文学、商学介绍、经济学基础、美国文化、美国法律等。三年级上学期的主要课程有美国大学英文等。英语强化课程和美国大学模拟课程由合作方阿肯色理工大学指定老师直接授课,给学生提供一个美式的课堂,提前适应美国大学文化,为就读美国大学做准备。

Students in these classes will learn courses in a vocational education and training setting in their first and second years of study, with special focus on English in these years. At the same time, they will undertake courses from American universities virtually including social science, mathematics, literature, business introduction and basic economics. They will also take virtual courses on American culture and the American legal system.

The students' third year will include English lectures in American universities. English intensive courses and virtual lectures will be taught directly by teachers from Arkansas Tech University, which is the partner of this program. The aim of the program is provide an American learning method and help students adapt to the culture of American university before they leave. This will help them prepare for study in American universities.


What’s more, students in the ATU International Course only need a language test, but no IELTS and TOEFL. If they fail to pass the language test, they can learn an ELI course in one semester in Arkansas Tech University, then study undergraduate courses there.


At present, Guangzhou Vocational High School of Trade has reciprocation agreements with vocational schools and education organizations in more than 10 countries and regions, such as Germany, USA, Australia, Britain and Singapore. Generally speaking, Guangzhou Vocational High School's international cooperation takes five forms.

Firstly, the school introduced international industrial standards and advanced technical standards of typical companies into their courses. Secondly, some schools are administered jointly with foreign education organisations; third, students have the opportunity to learn the latest foreign technology. Fourthly, professional foreign teachers work in campuses with which the vocational school has agreements.  Lastly, the vocational school matches the talents of its pupils up with the labour needs of international companies in China. 


Source: http://www.zhiyexuexi.com/news/vocation/middle/2013-02-20/A883105.html

Zhejiang Education Department issues guidance for 5-year system in pilot vocational schools


Recently, Zhejiang education department issued guidelines to promote 5-year system in pilot vocational schools: students need to take assessment examinations after they have graduated from junior high schools if they want to study in pilot secondary vocational schools. If they want to continue to study in pilot high vocational schools, they also need to take assessment exams after graduating in secondary vocational schools. If they have finished secondary vocational schools but fail to reach the requirements of higher vocational schools or give up study voluntarily, they would only be issued the certificate of secondary vocational schools. Starting by recruiting fresh graduates after junior high schools, with a 5-year training period, and guided by job needs, the training system and curriculum system are closely related to secondary and higher vocational schools which train professional personnel with higher cultural qualities and professional skills. This pilot work commenced in Zhejiang province in 2012.



Vocational schools launch a “China Dream” Initiative across China












In order to better understand the essence and spirits of the 18th CPC national congress, the Ministry of Education recently held a forum with the theme of the "China Dream". Lu Xin, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Education attended the forum and delivered a speech. Lu Xin interpreted the dream for vocational education in China and highlighted that the dream for vocational education is an important part of “China Dream”. Mr. Xin said it responded to four dreams of Chinese person, namely the dream of building a powerful country through technology and skills, the dream of complimentary development, the dream of training talents and the dream of fulfilling oneself. Mr. Xin stressed the importance of vocational education and pointed out three significant aspects for improving vocational education: Firstly, building a good foundation for China vocational education, secondly, building a good platform for students and thirdly, providing financial support for vocational education development.


Source: http://News.jyb.cn/zyjy/zyjyxw/201304/t20130403_533057.html

Guangdong government conduct inspection of education program in vocational schools






The Guangdong government has conducted inspections on the education programs of vocational schools. They checked the teaching quality of 181 majors newly set in the year 2013, among which 43 majors were judged as being not up to standard. These programs are not allowed to recruit students any more in the year 2013.  Recently, the Education Bureau said that following the registration of new courses, regular inspections would take place.  This is the first inspection of teaching quality in Guangdong province. 


Source: http://zhijiao.jyb.cn/zyjyxw/201303/t20130321_531705.html 

Vocational education in Shandong will get funding from government finance


According to reports, the Shandong government has achieved its goal of spending twenty per cent of revenue on education.  In order to maintain this performance benchmark, the Shandong government has decided to improve public spending on vocational education in 2013 and support vocational education through public finance. The government will set a resource standard for vocational schools, and issue rules and regulations for grants to vocational schools.  The government will also provide tuition- free opportunities for students from rural areas, or students from poor families in urban areas. Those students who study agricultural related programs may also get tuition waivers.


Source: http://News.jyb.cn/zyjy/zyjyxw/201303/t20130326_532119.html

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