Education and Culture
24 June , 2019

In 2019, the Third Taihe Civilizations Forum will set up the sub-session on Education and Culture Exchanges for the first time to explore the connotation and extension of people-to-people exchanges between China and foreign countries. The cooperation and exchanges in education between China and foreign countries are the most fundamental, persistent, leading and extensive in people-to-people exchanges. It is of great significance to explore the topics of Chinese and foreign vocational education cooperation at different levels and in different fields in order to promote mutual understanding, mutual respect and common progress among different civilizations and cultures.


This year’s sub-session on Education and Culture will take The Dialogue between Industry and Education as the theme. There will be a focus on industry development in the 5G era as well as on the field of vocational education which is most closely linked to economic and social development. It treats industry-education as the vertical axis and China-World as the horizontal axis to explore the innovation of vocational education in the 5G era, and to find a new paradigm of cooperation in vocational education between China and foreign countries in the resulting four quadrants.


With the rise of new technologies, especially the rapid development of digital technologies such as 5G and artificial intelligence, new industrial and economic forms are sprouting. In addition, the use of new technologies is likely to subvert traditional approach of medical treatments, agricultural production, financial services, and learning, and the interaction between workers and technology will alter as well. In the face of new industrial requirements for talents brought about by technological innovation, what changes will take place in the main tasks of vocational education at home and abroad? What type of "talents" will the future vocational education aspire to cultivate? What will shift in the core of the spirit of professionalism, work ethics and craftsmanship? How will the philosophy, content, model, and technology of vocational education adapt to the new opportunities and challenges?


In an attempt to address the aforementioned questions, this year’s sub-session on Education and Culture Exchange would first invite representatives of leaders from industries and experts of vocational education to deliver opening keynote speeches on “technology application in the 5G era and future industrial transformation” and “changing requirements for talents and the trend of world vocational education reform” respectively to set the background for further discussion from the aspects of industrial demand and educational response.


Afterwards, plenary lectures on five typical application scenarios of 5G technology will be held, followed by three panel discussions on the themes of new standards, new models and new channels of vocational education.


In the lectures, specialists from intelligent manufacturing, smart health, smart finance, smart agriculture, and smart cultural and creative industries will work with corresponding experts on vocational education to explain the prospect of the application of 5G technology in these five industries and their requirements for talents. A Q & A session will be held after each lecture.


Panel discussions on New Standards, New Models and New Bridges will be held on the morning of September 8th. Policy experts and outstanding practitioners of vocational education from China and abroad will share their insights on the talent standard for the 5G era, the model of learning factory to promote school-enterprise cooperation, and the analysis of the investment situation along the “Belt and Road”. In addition, the following three issues will be discussed.


I.New standards: how to match teaching standards of vocational colleges with talent requirements of the industry?


II.New models: how to raise the enthusiasm of enterprises to participate in vocational education?


III.New channels: how to establish China’s vocational education brand and contribute it to the related development of “Belt and Road” countries?


This forum is committed to bringing the ideas of participants together, so as to proactively identify potential problems in China’s current attempt of vocational education reform, as well as new opportunities and challenges of cooperation between Chinese and foreign vocational education arising in the trend of global vocational education reform and “Belt and Road” Initiative. It also aspires to build a pragmatic exchange platform to solve problems related with the issue of industry-education dialogues.