Beijing, China

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    Between USD 15,000 and USD 25,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD 7,560
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

“Capital of Learning” for comprehensive development

As the Chinese national capital, Beijing officially launched its learning city agenda in 1999  to promote innovation, sustainability and inclusiveness.

Vision and motivation

The overall objective of building a learning city in Beijing is to achieve sustainable and scientific development. The learning city will pursue the following objectives:

  • building a lifelong learning structure;
  • mobilizing educational resources;
  • creating a learning atmosphere;
  • establishing good conditions for learning; and
  • attracting experts with an innovative and dynamic spirit.

Challenges and goals

By joining the GNLC, Beijing will harness the power of lifelong learning to achieve a soft landing for its fast-growing economy, using an innovative and sustainable approach. In addition, Beijing is seeking solutions for managing its huge population. 

Plan and implementation

Constructing a modern lifelong learning system would be the foundation for Beijing to build a learning city. Inspired by the Key Features of Learning Cities, Beijing has identified nine major projects to further establish itself as learning city:

  1. establishing an urban area learning demonstration project;  
  2. facilitating lifelong learning demonstration bases for citizens;
  3. establishing a digital network platform for lifelong learning;
  4. developing the Beijing Credit Bank project further;
  5. fostering a learning organization;
  6. enhancing innovation within the labour force;
  7. providing training for new, modern farmers;
  8. facilitating an education project for the ageing population; and
  9. establishing a community education guide service system.

With these nine pillars, Beijing aims to promote  comprehensive development for its people, with a focus on the individual.

Beijing was also hosting city of the 1st International Conference on Learning Cities 2013, which has culminated in the adoption of the Beijing Declaration on Building Learning Cities and the Key Features of Learning Cities. The Conference laid the foundation for the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities and its outcome documents serve as the Guiding Documents for the Network and its members today.

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