Tianjin has insisted on prioritizing education, and has made breakthroughs at all education levels over the past decade, according to authorities at a press conference on Sept 8.
Education for preschool children has been on the list of the municipal government's key projects every year, and the city has striven to provide high-quality preliminary education. In the last decade, pre-school education capacity has been expanded to accommodate the needs of the population, with 210,000 new vacancies. All primary and secondary schools have been modernized, and around 98 percent of middle school students have enrolled in further education.
Tianjin has made great efforts to improve the innovation and service capabilities of colleges and universities, and 14 disciplines from 5 colleges and universities have been supported by China's Double World-Class Project.
Modern vocational education is another highlight of Tianjin’s education sector. As one of the birthplaces of the modern manufacturing industry and modern education, Tianjin has laid solid foundations in vocational education development.
In August, the city, together with the Ministry of Education, held the first World Vocational and Technical Education Development Conference.
The city is China's only vocational education reform and innovation demonstration area, and won one special prize and six first prizes at the National Teaching Achievement Awards.
The team of Zhang Boli of the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine won first prize in the State Scientific and Technological Progress Awards, and the team of Zhou Qilin of Nankai University won first prize in the State Natural Science Award of the year.