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Developing Skills for Economic Transformation and Social Harmony in China: A Study of Yunnan Province

Shuang Chen

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Paperback. 200 pages. Dimensions: 9.9in. x 6.9in. x 0.5in.China has achieved unprecedented growth over the past three decades. The study showcased in Developing Skills for Economic Transformation and Social Harmony in China: A Study of Yunnan Province focuses on ways to improve an education and training system that spurs lifelong learning and ongoing economic growth. The book looks at one of Chinas poorest provinces, Yunnan, which has experienced rapid growth over the past decade and is expected to maintain an annual growth rate of at least 8 percent. The experience of Yunnan as a microcosm sheds light on skills development in China. The level of knowledge and skills in Yunnans current labor force, especially among professional and technical workers, is insufficient to meet increasing demand. It is imperative to develop a system that is responsive to the ever-changing needs from the economy and society at large, the study states. Its analyses reveal certain policy gaps and challenges that have hampered Yunnans education and training system from operating at its full potential. Developing Skills for Economic Transformation and Social Harmony in China establishes the necessity for skilled labor in Yunnan; examines the blockades to improving the quality and relevance of, and access, to education and training; and proposes policies to address these needs. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781464800795

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Title: Developing Skills for Economic ...

Publisher: World Bank Publications

Binding: Paperback

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The World Bank has a long history of investing in China’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET), dating back to the 1963 Higher Education Project, which benefited selected tertiary TVET programs in project schools. The initial World Bank projects for TVET in China were designed mostly on the national level, supporting selected institutions in multiple provinces.

Starting in 2006, based on strong analytical work and increased demand from various provinces, the World Bank began a direct policy dialogue with interested provinces, and in turn started supporting provincial level projects in TVET. These include the Guangdong Technical and Vocational Education Project and the Liaoning and Shandong Technical and Vocational Education Project, both of which are currently under implementation.

Located on the southwestern border of China, Yunnan is a medium-sized Chinese province with abundant natural resources and high levels of ethnic diversity. Although Yunnan is still one of the poorest provinces in China, it has experienced rapid economic growth rates over the last decade and is expected to maintain an annual growth rate of 10 percent or higher. The recent national Bridgehead Strategy has further positioned Yunnan as a strategic gateway in the Southwest region, providing tremendous new opportunities for its development.

The study is aimed at facilitating policy development leading to a demand-driven, high-quality, and equitable education and training system conducive to lifelong learning. The experience of Yunnan also sheds light on skills development in China, as the analysis in this report situates Yunnan in the broader national context. The intended audience includes policymakers in the Ministries of Education, Human Resources and Social Security, Agriculture, and Finance, and the Poverty Alleviation Office and National Development and Reform Commission. The report would also be of interest to researchers and development workers interested in understanding skills development in China.

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