Jinan, Republic of Korea

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    Less than 300 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    Between USD 15,000 and USD 25,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 27,221
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

Lifelong learning for citizens’ happiness

About 82.4 per cent of Jinan is located in a mountainous area to the east of the Korean peninsula. Jinan’s pristine natural environment makes it an ideal city to live in.

Vision and Motivation

Jinan strives to guarantee its citizens’ happiness and institute change through environmentally friendly development practices. Jinan was chosen as a lifelong learning city in 2001, and received an Excellence Award at the 12th annual Korean Lifelong Learning Awards in 2015. Jinan’s commitment to lifelong learning for all is reflected in the wide-ranging projects it organizes in order to boost citizens’ happiness and improve their lives.

Challenges and Goals

Drawing on its experiences as a lifelong learning city, Jinan is working to establish cultural and educational exchanges with other international cities. Jinan is preparing for the second stage of its lifelong learning city project, which focuses on increasing residents’ levels of happiness.

Plan and Implementation

Jinan currently runs around 110 different educational programmes, focusing on networking, cultural education and workforce training. These programmes are designed to encourage citizens to take pleasure in learning – any time and everywhere. To transform more citizens into lifelong learners, Jinan has provided assistance to people returning to work in the farming industry, and launched employment and entrepreneurship programmes that help individuals explore their skills potential and achieve self-fulfilment. Jinan has established ‘My School’, a civic programme that fosters healthy, democratic citizens. The city hosts lifelong learning centres such as the ‘General Institute of Learning’ and the ‘Jinan House of Culture’, and has installed lifelong learning leaders in every municipal district. Jinan plans to support lifelong learning projects for the elderly, as well as activities designed to develop and promote human resources (e.g. targeted skills training for civic committee members).

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