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Author/s:  Guo, Zhenyi; Lamb, Stephen
Co-Author/s:  UNESCO-UNEVOC
Publisher/s:  Springer Science and Business Media
Published:  2010 in Dordrecht, Netherlands
ISBN:  978-90-481-8742-3
ULC:  UNEVOC Library Catalogue ID 3989

International Comparisons of China’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training System

Using the province of Yunnan as a subject, this detailed case study is a closely argued and sanguine analysis of the operation of TVET in China. The authors deployed a set of internationally comparable criteria to offer a searching assessment of current performance, at the same time documenting areas of strength and weakness. The question the authors’ methodology answers is how well China’s TVET system is performing compared to technical and vocational education structures in other countries. In fact, they discover that in Yunnan, a province representative of the challenges faced nationwide, much has indeed been done, from a wholesale overhaul of programmes to make them relevant to industry requirements, to major investment in infrastructure. Teacher training has been reformed, and take-up of professional master’s and doctoral courses has been encouraged. Joint initiatives with bodies such as UNESCO have improved training and vocational education at high-school level.


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