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A brief introduction to education in Yinzhou

Yinzhou District is located in eastern Zhejiang Province and is under the administration of Ningbo City. The district was formally established in February 2002, when the State Council gave its approval to drop the Yinxian. The district covers 1,346 km2; it includes 17 towns and 6 streets and has a resident population of 14,060,000.

Yinzhou District has a long history going back over 2000 years. It includes one of the China’s earliest ports open to international trade, and its predecessor (the former administrative district was called Yin county) was one of the oldest constructing counties.

As regards Yinzhou’s economy, in 2011, local GDP reached 94.54 billion Yuan, making it the second most dynamic district in Zhejiang Province. In addition, its general budget totalled 21.36 billion Yuan and fiscal revenue collected by the local government amounted to 12.49 billion Yuan, making it the foremost economic district in the province. Again, thanks to its overall level of urban and rural development, it ranked first in Zhejiang Province for four consecutive years. The district has many honorific titles; these have been awarded, for example, for demonstrating outstanding progress in science and technology, for being one of the first group of comparatively well-off green xians, for having an efficient educational system, for being outstanding in sports, for being an excellent travel destination, and so on. Furthermore, the New District, located in the south of Ningbo, has won the United Nations Habitat Award (China) Excellence Award.

In 2011, Yinzhou District became unique  in that it became a “national public cultural service system demonstration area" within Zhejiang Province. It also won the first comprehensive assessment of Public Culture Service for three consecutive years. It is host to over 20 different types of museum and is developing rapidly.

In relation to education, the region possesses 43 regular secondary schools which collectively account for 49,589 students and 3,449 full-time teachers; it has 8 secondary vocational schools, which have 15,315 students and 986 full-time teachers; and finally, it has 92 primary schools, with 81,984 students and 3,577 full-time teachers. Primary school enrollment rates, the rate of consolidation and transition are at (or close to) 100%. The net enrolment rate for three-year olds in preschool is 99.9%. The district also has 20 technical schools for adults, special schools, teacher-training schools, an institute (Yinzhou branch), TV University, Ningbo, and some 7,500 full-time teachers in primary and secondary schools. Enrolment in colleges and universities has been at the forefront of basic education in the province, while indicators put it in the lead.

Currently, education in Yinzhou adheres to scientific development concepts. It vigorously implements strategies which prioritise educational development. It seeks to implement Pratt & Whitney’s three priorities for education (balanced, high-quality and xxxx); it is making great efforts to achieve educational reform and innovation and accelerate access to high quality education. By 2015, a national education system which conforms to high standards, a service-oriented education system and lifelong learning systems will be operational. The strength of its education system and main indicators of education development will give it a primary position within the province, and it will take the lead in modernising the education system.

 On 9 April 2011, the People's Government of Yinzhou District signed a contract with the China National Institute for Educational Research (subsequently known as the National Institute of Education Sciences), thereby becoming the fifth experimental zone for comprehensive education reform. The district is applying the principle of “Happiness in school first”, under the guidance of senior members of the National Institute of Education Sciences and the People's Government of Yinzhou District. This is being carried out in the context of enhancing well-being in China and Yinzhou and in accordance with the spirit of the National Education Plan and strategic objectives which aim to "promote and benefit all citizens", . Its objective is to “create a new model of regional education during the national civilisation”. It has also launched a “Medium- and Long Term Comprehensive Educational Reform and Development Plan in The Experimental Spot of Yinzhou District (2011-2015)” and a “Strategic Plan and Blueprint of Happy Education Brand Establishment”. All of these projets have adopted the theme of “happy education” and it is at the heart of the comprehensive reform of education throughout the district. Currently, regional education reform projects such as the curriculum reform detailed in the "Inter-scholastic Alliance of Happy Classroom" programme and the "Demonstration Base of Happy School" project are in full swing.

At the same time, under the impetus of a strategy based on the idea “come out and invite inside”, collaboration on schooling, exchange students and other similar initiatives with the US, UK and other countries are being conducted. It is expected that, in future, exchanges benefitting teacher training programmes, student development and cultural communication at an international level will be enhanced.

 

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