Taiyuan, China

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    Between USD 10,000 and USD 15,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 7,926
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

Building a comprehensive supporting system

Located in Central China, the history of Taiyuan can be traced back more than 2,500 years. The history has laid a solid foundation for the city to become a learning city.

Vision and motivation

Taiyuan acknowledges that a city cannot survive or achieve sustainable development without lifelong learning. That is why the city joined the UNESCO GNLC. Taiyuan believes in harnessing the power of lifelong learning in order to keep its citizens up to date with information and to enable them to tackle any challenges in this fast-changing world.

Furthermore, by joining the network, Taiyuan aims to become a more habitable and eco-friendly city.

Challenges and goals

Currently, the principal industries in Taiyuan are engineering, chemistry and coalmining. As China changes its energy consumption patterns, Taiyuan seeks to achieve sustainable economic growth through lifelong learning. The city will focus on learning in families and communities and extend the use of modern technologies.

Plan and implementation

The Taiyuan municipal government has outlined a detailed plan to implement the learning city concept. it involves the following aspects:

Education system:

Taiyuan is committed to extending access to education to marginalized groups. To date, 80.80 per cent of teenagers, older people and disabled citizens have participated in at least one of the learning projects. Almost 90 per cent of employees in Taiyuan are currently enrolled in training courses. Training courses on practical farming skills have been developed and delivered to rural areas in Taiyuan.

Service platform:

Taiyuan launched a learning platform in 2006. Up to 5,013 hours of free online courses are now available, as well as more than 30,000 digital books.

Institutional design:

The Taiyuan municipal government hosts a Study Week every year. To date, more than 2,170 sessions of public lectures and events have been organized.

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