Innovations urged to better serve industries, modernization

2024-06-04 Editor : Li Yan ECNS App Download

The national finals of the Seventh China Vocational Education Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition are held in Rizhao, Shandong province between May 30 and 31. (Photo provided to

A senior Chinese legislator has called on the country's youth studying at various vocational schools to sharpen their skills and enhance innovation awareness to better contribute to the Chinese modernization.

Speaking at an event in Rizhao, Shandong province, Hao Mingjin, vice-chairman of the 14th Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, said as vocational education is closely related to the economic, social and industrial development, bolstering students' innovation and entrepreneurship capabilities is the essence of vocational education.

Hao, who also serves as president of China Vocational Education Association (CVEA), noted that the youth should be courageous in realizing their dreams amid the great rejuvenation of China, temper their resilience through practical training and write a new chapter in fulfilling the mission of Chinese modernization.

He delivered the speech at the closing ceremony of the national finals of the Seventh China Vocational Education Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, which took place in Rizhao between May 30 and 31. CVEA, which was launched in 1917, has 104 prefecture-level organizations, 313 county-level organizations and 96 township-level organizations on the Chinese mainland as of February 2023.

With a theme of "Vocational Education Cultivates Craftsmanship while Entrepreneurship Builds up Dreams", the event was guided by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, and was hosted by CVEA in cooperation with CVEA Shandong branch, Rizhao Party committee and municipal government, as well as Rizhao Navigation Engineering Vocational College.

Consisting of school-level preliminaries, provincial competitions, and national finals, the final competition greeted 135 outstanding projects contributed by 132 colleges in all the 31 provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland, as well as five teams from vocational schools in Hong Kong and Macao.

The projects covered more than 10 fields including agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, food and related industries, cultural creativity, mechanical energy, electronic information, and biomedicine.

Upon evaluation, Chengdu Technician College's project "Assembly-type Portable Flexible Vacuum Suction Cup" won first prize for the secondary vocational education division, Taiyuan Tourism Vocational College's project "Shaanxi Craftsmanship —Ancient Architecture Mortise and Tenon Model" won first prize for the higher vocational education division, while Guangzhou Software College's project "Chip Test — Leading the Automation Upgrade of Flash Memory Chip Testing Line" got first prize for the four-year vocational education division.

During the national finals, signing ceremonies for events such as project achievements application, school-enterprise cooperation and employment internships were also held. At the closing ceremony, relevant speakers shared their experiences in innovation and entrepreneurship.

The China Vocational Education Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition has been successfully held in Hunan, Fujian, Anhui, Chongqing, Guangxi and Sichuan during the past, drawing over 800 projects and more than 3,000 teachers and students from vocational schools nationwide for the national finals, covering such industries as modern agriculture and equipment manufacturing.

It has been learned that through the competitions, the practical innovation and entrepreneurship abilities of students in vocational schools have been largely increased, helping promote the study, teaching and creation activities of the participating students.


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