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Shenzhen is working to establish a modern education system with high degrees of impartiality, modernization, globalization and sustainable development. The system aims to build Shenzhen into an education-oriented city that provides strong intellectual support to its citizens' welfare and the city's future development.


In 2015, Shenzhen had 1,489 preschool institutions, serving 438,500 preschool-aged children. There were 334 primary schools with 864,800 pupils. All school-age children went to school. The number of junior and senior high schools increased by 10 and reached 335, with 385,200 students, an enrollment increase of 1.72% from the previous year.


Shenzhen has 10 full-time institutes of higher learning and one part-time institute. Since the 12th Five-Year Plan was implemented, South University of Science and Technology of China and The Chinese University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Campus, which aim to become first-rate universities, were approved by the Ministry of Education.

Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School, University of BIT-Moscow and Sun Yat-sen University Shenzhen Campus were approved to launch undergraduate education. A batch of universities and institutes with special characteristics, including the Institute of Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Campus, the University of Jilin-Queensland, HNU-RIT School of Design, Shenzhen, Georgia Tech-Tianjin University Shenzhen Institute, Science and Technology Shenzhen Campus and Melbourne Institute of Life Engineering Shenzhen Campus, Sino-America Innovation College of SCUT and Rutgers University, International Institute of Space and BGI College were set up jointly by well-known universities and enterprises from home and abroad. In 2015, Shenzhen's full-time institutes of higher learning had a total of 90,100 students.

Shenzhen University

Shenzhen University is a full-time comprehensive university. It was established in 1983 and accredited by the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee of the State Council for doctoral programs in 2006. The university now offers three accredited primary doctoral programs and nine secondary disciplines under its supervision; three centers for postdoctoral studies; one postdoctoral center; 34 accredited primary master's programs and 135 secondary disciplines under its supervision; 10 secondary disciplines; and 13 accredited professional master's programs. The university provides 84 undergraduate programs and 11 disciplines in categories including philosophy, literature, economics, law, pedagogy, science, engineering, management, medicine and history.

South University of Science and Technology of China

On Dec. 24, 2010, the Ministry of Education approved the plans for South University of Science and Technology of China. The ministry formally approved the establishment of the university on April 18, 2012. The university, allowed to enroll 8,000 full-time students every year, is under the supervision and management of Guangdong Province. The aim is to build the university into a first-level international research institute and a base to cultivate innovative high-level talents. It now has enrolled 2,095 full-time students.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Campus

On Sept. 28, 2012, the plan for establishing the university was approved by the Ministry of Education. On March 24, 2014, it was officially completed to enroll 11,000 full-time students. The first batch of majors includes marketing, international business and economics. It now has enrolled 912 full-time students.

University Town of Shenzhen

University Town of Shenzhen was jointly established by the Shenzhen Municipal Government and prominent Chinese universities as a teaching and research base to cultivate full-time postgraduates. Famous universities such as Tsinghua University, Peking University and Harbin Institute of Technology have already set up bases there. University Town of Shenzhen has so far enrolled 8,885 full-time students, including 1,222 pursuing doctorates and 7,498 pursuing master's degrees.


Shenzhen boasts a unique and modern vocational education system which is adapted to economic and social development and tightly combines market demands with employment. The city has 3 higher vocational schools with 45,000 students, 23 secondary vocational schools and 36 State-level vocational education training bases. The employment rate reaches 98%. From 2011 to 2014, Shenzhen spent 13.1 billion yuan on vocational education.


Shenzhen is making effort to build a city of learning for all and learning for lifetime. In 2015, over 40,000 students were enrolled in Shenzhen Open University; over 670,000 students participated in the self-study examination. There are 25 city-level community colleges, among them three are specialized colleges. There are also five district-level community colleges and 38 subdistrict-level community colleges. Shenzhen has been designated as a national model city of learning.


International Schools Shenzhen has seven international schools: Shekou International School (SIS), QSI International School of Shekou (QSI), KIS International (KIS), Shenzhen American International School (SAIS), the Japanese School of Shenzhen, Shenzhen Nanshan International School and BASIS International School.

Schools for Hong Kong Children Shenzhen Oriental School for Hong Kong Children (originally Guangdong School for Hong Kong Children), Luohu School for Hong Kong Children. There are nine schools offering classes for Hong Kong children.

Expatriate Teachers and Students Shenzhen has more than 5,000 expatriate students.

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