Hangzhou, 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 8,069
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

Innovation alongside antiquity and prosperity

Often recognized as the most beautiful city in China, Hangzhou successfully blends modernity and antiquity.

Vision and motivation

Hangzhou’s motto, ‘government leads, society coordinates and everyone participates’, is supported by the city’s broad notion of learning. It comprises:

  • The ‘three Ls’ framework: lifelong, life-wide and life-deep learning; and
  • The ‘six Ws’ for building a learning city: no matter who, when, where, why, access to what information or in which way

Challenges and goals

The city would like to increase:

  • Living standards and sustainability
  • Governance of and participation by its stakeholders
  • The culture of learning; that is, learning in the workplace and within the family

Plan and implementation

Hangzhou strives to develop new strategies towards becoming a learning city. To this end, five central measures are being implemented:

  1. Development of an education system comprised of 15 years’ compulsory education
  2. Creation of learning service platforms, such as the ‘15-minute Cultural Circle’: every resident will live within a fifteen-minute walking distance from the nearest learning site
  3. Expansion of diverse and innovative learning activities
  4. Founding of new learning organizations
  5. Development of comprehensive and effective lifelong learning policies

The city will also improve its current learning policies and regulations, and strengthen the management system.

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