The Ministry of Education (MOE) recently published a new edition of the Catalogue of Vocational School Programs. It covers a total of 1,349 programs, among which 358 are offered by secondary vocational schools, 744 by higher vocational colleges, and 247 by bachelor-degree-awarding higher vocational colleges.
The Catalogue is a result of pooled wisdom from industry experts, think tanks, scholars, and government workers. It reflects the latest developments in vocational education law and provides a comprehensive description of academic programs at all kinds of vocational schools. The Catalogue has made changes to information about employment opportunities, student requirements, and the curriculum design of different programs. It also added new descriptions of internship programs and vocational certificates. This new edition provides clear guidance to vocational schools, thus helping them better respond to industrial upgrading. It also fosters industry-school partnerships and offers a useful reference to those who will employ graduates of vocational schools.
MOE has demanded that educational authorities at all levels improve curricula, strengthen science and specialized education, and organize internship programs according to the requirements set forth in the Catalogue. In its next step, MOE will continue to revise teaching standards and internship program standards so as to improve the quality of vocational education and better serve the needs of society.