China moves forward with vocational education at the bachelor level

The Ministry of Education of China recently issued the Administrative Measures for the Establishment of Vocational Education Majors at the Bachelor Level (Trial), which is the first special document to promote the development of vocational education at the bachelor (benke) level.

The vocational education reform started in early 2019 when the Chinese State Council published its Implementation Plan on National Vocational Education Reform. Since then, the Ministry of Education has approved 22 higher education institutions to carry out the benke-level vocational education pilot project. Most of the pilot schools were formerly vocational colleges that were upgraded to vocational universities. 

Before the reform, vocational education in China was only available at the senior secondary and Zhuanke levels. Zhuanke refers to post-secondary programs with 2 to 3 years of full-time undergraduate study after high school. With the vocational education reform, students will now be able to receive higher-level vocational education and earn a bachelor’s degree in a more employable major.

For more information, please visit the Ministry of Education of China website.

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