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ICDK Shanghai meets with Jiaxing Vocational Technical College

23.04.2018  05:17
Jiaxing Meeting


China is carrying out substantial reforms in higher education, especially in the higher vocational education sector. And Vocational colleges (also known as Universities of Applied Sciences) are encouraged by the government to expand their network with international partners. To learn more about the reform process and explore collaboration possibilities, Innovation Centre Denmark, Shanghai (ICDK) visited Jiaxing Vocational Technical College in the Zhejiang Province on 19 April 2018.


Jiaxing Vocational Technical College is fully financed by Jiaxing's government and located close to the famous “South Lake”- the birth-place of the Chinese Communist Party. It is one of Zhejiang’s “Model” vocational colleges. Currently, it has over 9,000 full time students and 560 staff. The school provides vocational education at Zhuangke level (same as AP in Denmark), offering 30 majors in agriculture, architecture, mechanic engineering, management, trading as well as in textile/fashion design.

During the meeting, Martin Bech, Consul for Higher Education and Science at Innovation Centre Denmark, Shanghai also made an introduction to the Danish higher education system.

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Following this presentation, Director Dai Shaoqing from the Academic Affairs Office extended the school’s wish to expand its international collaboration especially with Danish University Colleges and Business Academies. Possible collaboration projects could include teacher training & exchange, student exchange, as well as bringing in advanced curriculum standard, etc.


As reflected above, China is paying increased attention to so-called “applied learning” these years. This is particularly evident among the Universities of Applied Sciences or Technical Colleges where new teaching methods are being introduced and collaboration with companies is increasing. These efforts closely relate to the Made in China 2025 plan, which aims to upgrade China’s manufacturing sector. Given the reforms’ importance, ICDK is currently working on a report that explains their content and aim, as well as highlight the possibilities that the reforms create for Danish higher education. We will publish the report this spring. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the reforms or our visit to Jiaxing Vocational College please contact Martin Bech (    

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