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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 2016, Shenzhen had 1,579 preschool institutions, serving 463,300 preschool-aged children. There were 337 primary schools with 911,000 pupils. All school-age children went to school. The number of junior and senior high schools increased by 17 and reached 352, with 396,500 students, an enrollment increase of 2.92% from the previous year.


Shenzhen has 12 full-time institutes of higher learning, one part-time institute and three higher vocational colleges. Since the 12th Five-Year Plan was implemented, South University of Science and Technology of China, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Campus, Sun Yat-Sen University Shenzhen Campus and Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Campus were approved by the Ministry of Education. Shenzhen Technology University will receive its first batch of student in September. In 2016, Shenzhen's full-time institutes of higher learning had a total of 91,900 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 3 accredited primary doctoral programs and 13 secondary disciplines under its supervision; 3 centers for postdoctoral studies; 1 postdoctoral center; 34 accredited primary master's programs and 249 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 3,228 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 1,927 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 9,229 full-time students, including 1,232 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 127 State-level vocational education training bases. From 2011 to 2015, Shenzhen spent 17 billion yuan on vocational education. Shenzhen Polytechnic and Shenzhen Institute of Information Technology were included on the list of Constructing Guangdong Provincial First-rate Vocational Schools.


Shenzhen is making effort to build a city of learning for all and learning for lifetime. There are 25 city-level community colleges, among them three are specialized colleges. There are also six district-level community colleges, 38 subdistrict-level community colleges and 140 city-level communities. Shenzhen has been designated as a national model city of learning and was identified as a member city of UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.


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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