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Jinzhou New District, Dalian: an experimental area

Located in the northeast of Dalian, Liaoning, Jinzhou New District covers an area of 1,039 km2. It was created in April 2010 by combining Jinzhou District and the Dalian Economic and Technological Development Area. It has a total population of over 1.1 million, of which 600,000 are permanent residents. It corresponds to the core industrial area of the Liaoning Coastal Economic Belt and the main hub of Dalian’s new urban area. Jinzhou New District has a long history and deep cultural roots, and has made considerable efforts to become an ecological and modern new district synonymous with a comfortable, harmonious lifestyle and prosperity.

Today Jinzhou New District has 644 schools of all levels. Among them, there are 88 general government-run schools which cater for 78,000 students. These include 7 senior high schools, 24 junior high schools and 57 primary schools (there are also 10 primary schools in rural areas), a teacher training school affiliated to the TV University, a special education school, 2 quality-oriented education centers, 148 kindergartens with 17,376 students, 22 secondary vocational schools, 6 sub-district vocational schools, 189 community schools, 176 private educational institutions and 11 higher education institutions. 

Under China’s 12th Five-Year plan (2011-2015), Jinzhou New District focused on improving education. Within this context, it has begun to build the first group of strong districts in basic education and to implement comprehensive quality-oriented education. It is focusing on six key programmes: a) the promotion of quality education;, b) the internationalisation of education, c) the development and application of educational informationisation, d) the development of a culture of education, e) leading educational scientific research, and f) constructing a programme for strengthening education through talent. The District aims to promote the global, balanced development of education, the internationalisation of education and certain unique educational features. It also aims to obtain first-class results at the domestic level and become renowned as a leading district from an educational point of view internationally.

In September 2009, the National Institute of Education Sciences, in collaboration with Jinzhou New District Administrative Committee, launched a comprehensive reform of Jinzhou New District’s educational system. It became an experimental area in which the National Institute of Education Sciences’ mission was to actively explore overall reform experiments in regional education and facilitate the application and promotion of educational and scientific research on innovation in regional education. In recent years, the district has carried out in-depth, comprehensive educational scientific research. This includes two national-level projects. One is Chinese Regional Educational Administrative Innovation Research, which has been established as an overall objective for education in the 11th Five-Year Plan of the National Social Sciences Fund. The goal is to encourage theoretical and practical innovation in terms of evaluation mechanisms for running regional schools, mechanisms for teaching and scientific research activities, key general (?) development mechanisms, mechanisms for the development of teachers and others relating to educational administration. The second project is Study/research on Chinese Regional Star Teacher Group Construction Mechanism. This was identified as a general goal for (by?) the Ministry of Education in the National Institute of Educational Sciences’ 11th Five-Year Plan. The objective is to bring about theoretical and practical innovation in specific fields such as the unique features of star teachers and their role in leading the development of regional teachers.

In relation to international co-operation, the District is pursuing the goal of “multilateral development and international integration”. Currently, Jinzhou New District has 1 international school; 15 schools offer bilingual teaching and options in 2 foreign languages. One-third of these schools have established amicable relations with 13 countries including Australia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the UK and the US with a view to developing international co-operative projects. Looking to the future, Jinzhou New District will continue to actively promote high quality international education standards and enter into collaborative academic arrangements with famous schools in international cities. It will also encourage and monitor the development of co-operative schools in China and other countries in pursuit of higher levels of educational attainment. It will cultivate international talent in order to reach high-quality solutions, and promote the international influence and cultural development of Jinzhou New District education services.

 

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