Founded in 1993, Shenzhen Polytechnic (SZPT) is one of the earliest independent higher vocational and technical education institutions in China. Since its establishment, teachers and students of SZPT have worked hard with a pioneering spirit and constantly innovated education and teaching concepts, school-running systems and mechanisms, and talent training modes, creating many firsts in China's higher vocational education.
Countries & Regions : 40,Partner Institutions : 181.
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SZPT has, since its founding, attached great importance to international development and deepened international educational exchange and cooperation relying on regional and self-advantages. Up to date, SZPT has established friendly cooperative relationships with 181 universities, colleges, and educational institutions in 40 countries and regions and gained remarkable fruits in all-round, multi-level, and diversified international exchanges of the faculty and students, such as student exchange, curriculum cooperation, scientific research cooperation, and short-term training. SZPT has opened six technical vocational education and training (TVET) centers and language and culture centers in the countries like Germany, Bulgaria, and Malaysia. SZPT is one of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centres (2006). In 2017, the Research and Training Centre for the UNESCO Asia-Africa TVET Project was established at SZPT. In addition, SZPT is one of the ten International Centres for Vocational Education under the auspices of UNESCO (2020) and is home to the WFCP Affinity Group in Teacher Professional Development (2020). Since 2018, SZPT has held three sessions of the Belt and Road International Conference on TVET, providing a high-end platform for international exchange and cooperation in TVET.
In 2006, Shenzhen Polytechnic (SZPT) joined the UNESCO-UNEVOC Network, the first worldwide network dedicated to TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) coordinated by UNESCO-UNEVOC. Now it is one of nearly 260 UNEVOC Centres in the world. In response to the national strategy of "Going Global", SZPT has actively engaged in mutual learning in TVET through various forms of cooperation, institutional mechanisms and platforms afforded by UNESCO-UNEVOC, being one of the most active UNEVOC Centres in East and Southeast Asia.
In April 2017, with the consent of UNESCO, the Secretariat of National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO approved the establishment of the "Research and Training Centre for the UNESCO Asia-Africa TVET Project" at SZPT. It is intended to foster cross-border research and international collaboration in the field of TVET within the UNESCO frameworks for partnerships, aiming to jointly build up the capacity of TVET practitioners and promote TVET development in the global community, especially in Asia-Africa TVET community.
2020On December 15, 2020, the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) Affinity Group in Teacher Professional Development, under joint management by the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and SZPT, was inaugurated and established at SZPT. Meanwhile, SZPT organized the first meeting of the WFCP Affinity Group in Teacher Professional Development in an online-offline manner, with the theme of "Challenges and Solutions to Post-pandemic Faculty Development".
Approximately 50 teachers from SZPT attended the meeting in person. At the same time, the meeting was held synchronously via ZOOM, connecting about 60 participants from 13 Chinese and 22 foreign universities and colleges in 12 countries and regions, including WFCP President Craig Robertson, former UNESCO-UNEVOC Head Shyamal Majumdar, and Vice President of Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) Stuttgart Andreas Mahr.
The future trends of teachers' professional development in the post-pandemic era from multiple perspectives, including challenges and opportunities, digital technology, management model construction, reform and innovation, etc., were discussed at the meeting. International experts from different countries and regions shared the experience and practices of their regions and institutions at the meeting. Participants believe that the continuing spread of COVID-19 has posed unprecedented challenges to education and forced teachers to rise to the most drastic and rapid changes in history, which requires teachers to possess professional skills different from those for the traditional classroom environment or skills of even higher standards. The meeting totally focused on the actual needs of teachers' professional development and has good practical significance.
The 2021-2025 Development Plan and 2021 Work Plan of the WFCP Affinity Group in Teacher Professional Development was presented at the meeting. Under the framework of the Plan, the Group will carry out a series of activities in teacher training, curriculum development, teacher exchange, academic discussion, etc., and work to play a unique role in promoting global vocational education teachers' exchanges, mutual learning, achievement sharing, and ability development, so as to grow into an important platform for teachers' professional development in the field of international vocational education and facilitate the high-quality development of global vocational education.
SZPT has developed friendly relations with 44 universities and colleges in 14 "Belt and Road" countries for fruitful explorations in communication and cooperation concerning mutual visits of students and teachers, vocational education, and so forth. At present, more than 300 self-funded students from over 30 countries and regions study at SZPT every year, 70% of whom are from "Belt and Road" countries. SZPT has worked with a number of world-class enterprises like Huawei, ZTE, and China Merchants Port Group to participate in the Belt and Road cooperation. Moreover, SZPT has established four TVET centers in Malaysia, Bulgaria, Germany, and Ukraine and also two language and culture centers in Malaysia and sent teachers for professional training and teaching. SZPT has also been invited to open TVET training classes and share experience in TVET in Asian countries like Cambodia and Mongolia and African countries like Egypt and South Sudan.
The Belt and Road International Conference on TVET was held in SZPT, attracting more than 300 experts, scholars, and representatives from domestic and overseas TVET communities, domestic vocational colleges, enterprises, and industries, including 128 overseas guests from 56 universities, colleges, institutions, and enterprises from 22 countries and regions. The Conference, guided by the Vocational Education and Adult Education Department of the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the PRC and the Secretariat of China National Commission for UNESCO, was hosted by the Chinese Society of Technical and Vocational Education, the Central Institute for Vocational and Technical Education (CIVTE), and the Department of Education of Guangdong Province, and undertaken by SZPT. At the Conference, all guests focused on the Belt and Road Initiative construction, TVET, and other related topics and reached a symbolic result, the Shenzhen Consensus.
Under the theme of "Digital Vocational Education, Extensive Consultation, Joint Contribution and Shared Benefits", the 2020 Belt and Road International Conference on TVET was held in Shenzhen. Nearly 300 experts and scholars from government departments, institutions, industries, and enterprises of 26 countries and regions gathered online and offline to discuss the opportunities and challenges of TVET in countries along the Belt and Road in the digital economy era. Meanwhile, the Shenzhen Initiative was launched. It was another high-level international conference on TVET after the first Belt and Road International Conference on TVET in 2018.
The 2021 Belt and Road International Conference on TVET themed "Openness · Cooperation · Mutual Benefits — Jointly Building a Global Community of Skills for Mankind" was held in Beijing and Shenzhen via digital means. The conference brought together more than 800 leaders, experts, and scholars from 36 countries and regions, including government departments, universities, institutions, and enterprises, to discuss the mission and role of vocational education in serving the "Belt and Road" and the construction of the human community with a shared future, and to forge a broad consensus. The An Overview of TVE in "Belt and Road" Countries and "Belt and Road" TVE Development Report were released at the conference. This is the third international event in the field of vocational education after 2018 and 2020.
Partner: Malaysia University of Science and Technology (MUST)
SZPT has actively promoted the "going global" strategy. In 2013, SZPT and MUST joint established the Shenzhen Polytechnic & Malaysia University of Science and Technology Chinese Language and Humanities Institute.
Group photo of SZPT faculty and trainees of the Chinese Language and Humanities Institute.
Opening ceremony of the Shenzhen Polytechnic & Malaysia University of Science and Technology Chinese Language and Humanities Institute.
Partner:Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (PSA)
On October 21, 2016, then Deputy Minister of Higher Education of Malaysia Mary Yap Kain Ching and Vice President of SZPT Li Yue unveiled the SZPT-PSA Chinese Language & Cultural Center in Malaysia. Li Yue and PSA President Haji Tajuddin Abdul Rashid granted the first 23 students course-completion certificates. More than 100 people participated in the opening ceremony, including then Director-General of the Technical and Vocational Education Division of the Ministry of Education of Malaysia Datuk Amir Mohammed Nur, then Deputy Director-General Haji Muhammad Gauss Yadu Kader, PSA President Haji Tajuddin Abdul Rashid, Ms. Bai Yuzhu from the Embassy of China in Malaysia, and representatives of Huawei Malaysia, Society of Logisticians Malaysia, local enterprises, sister schools in Malaysia, and PSA teachers and students. The next day after the ceremony, local English and Malaysian newspapers covered the story.
On October 21, 2016, local media covered the opening ceremony of the SZPT-PSA Chinese Language & Cultural Center.
In November 2017, Jia Xingdong, then president of Shenzhen Polytechnic, attended the Unveiling & Signing Ceremony of the Shenzhen Polytechnic-Plovdiv University Paisii Hilendarski Vocational Education & Training Center (the "Bulgaria Center"), marking the official establishment of the Bulgaria Center.
In 2018 and 2019, SZPT assigned, respectively, two groups of teachers to the Bulgaria Center to provide training sessions themed "LTE Mobile Network System", "5G Mobile Communication", and "Huawei Certification: Routing and Switching" for a total of 43 backbone teachers and excellent students from Plovdiv University, winning high praise from Plovdiv University for the teaching and training achievements. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SZPT moved training online to ensure the normal operation of overseas TVET centers.
In 2019, telecommunications teachers provided training in the Bulgaria Center.
In 2020, SZPT provided online training for teachers and students in Bulgaria.
Partner:Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM)
In 2017, then Minister of Higher Education of Malaysia Datuk Seri and Deputy Minister Mary Yap Kain Ching headed delegations in succession to visit SZPT for the advancement of the Shenzhen Polytechnic Vocational Education Training Center in Malaysia. UTeM, one of the four best public application-oriented universities in Malaysia, was recommended to take the lead in the cooperation with SZPT to jointly establish the Shenzhen Polytechnic-Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka Vocational Education Training Center. In 2018, SZPT and UTeM signed an agreement at the Belt and Road International Conference on TVET, marking the official establishment of the training center.
In July 2018, the Program for the Joint Establishment of the Vocational Education Training Center by SZPT and UTeM was selected into the first batch of the "ASEAN-China 100+100 Institutional Cooperation Flagship Programme".
In November 2018, SZPT telecommunications teachers provided 41 students from UTeM with "Huawei Certification—Routing and Switching" courses in the training center. In 2019, 14 teachers and students from Institut Sinaran in Malaysia attended a short-term training class on telecommunications in SZPT.
In November 2018, SZPT telecommunications teachers provided "Huawei Certification—Routing and Switching" courses in Malaysia.
Partner:Chernihiv National University of Technology
In June 2019, SZPT signed a cooperative agreement with Chernihiv National University of Technology in Ukraine to formally establish the Shenzhen Polytechnic-Chernihiv National University of Technology Vocational Education Training Center, for further cooperation in scientific research, TVET, and other related fields.
Partner:Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) Heidenheim
In December 2019, the Shenzhen Polytechnic-Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Heidenheim Vocational Education Training and Research Center was formally established at DHBW. This center focuses on cooperation in electronic communication and artificial intelligence, provides relevant training and courses, outputs relevant teaching standards, and facilitates the "going global" of China's excellent TVET achievements and even spreading to developed countries. Under the framework of the center, the two parties will deepen cooperation in such fields as the exchange of teachers and students, scientific research collaboration, course development, and the formulation of industrial standards.
Opening ceremony of the Shenzhen Polytechnic-Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Heidenheim Vocational Education Training and Research Center.
In 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, teachers at the School of Electronics and Communication Engineering of SZPT opened an online training course themed "5G New Technology" for teachers and students in Germany. A total of 15 participants attended the online course.
Teachers at the School of Electronics and Communication Engineering of SZPT provide online training for teachers and students in Germany.
SZPT launched Sino-foreign joint education programs in 2006. Up to date, SZPT has established four joint programs, namely the Joint International Business Program with the Northern Sydney Institute (NSI) of TAFE NSE in Australia (2006), the Joint Financial Management Program with Federation University Australia (FedUni) (2011), and the Joint Logistics Management Program and the Joint Software Technology Program with the City University of Seattle (2012). As of September 2021, SZPT enrolled 2,844 students for these programs and provided 2,311 graduates. These graduates have taken better jobs than SZPT's and their schools' average levels. In addition, they have been so competent that they are widely praised by society, employers, and their parents.
SZPT and FedUni have worked on the Joint Financial Management Program since 2011, aiming to train high-level versatile and applied talent who possess a global outlook as well as expertise and practical skills in financial investment, financial marketing planning, and international business management.
This program, subject to strict industry standards, is to help students gain a hands-on background. The program features bilingual teaching and original foreign language textbooks. Experts from FedUni are responsible for teaching management and quality control. Chinese and Australian teachers undertake 1/2 main courses, respectively. After three years of study, graduates will be granted SZPT's diploma and FedUni's advanced diploma. With the advanced diploma, graduates can apply for further study at FedUni and obtain a bachelor's degree or master's degree after 1 or 1.5 years of study. Each year, 40%-60% of graduates of this program choose further study at FedUni.
SZPT partnered with NSI to establish the Sino-Australia Joint International Business Program in 2006.
On campus, students learn both Chinese and Australian courses in English through immersion teaching so as to help them improve their language competence and comprehensive quality. After finishing learning tasks in different stages, students can obtain TAFE certificates, including English Level III Certificate, Level-IV Certificate for Marketing and Communication, and the Diploma in International Business. The program graduates will be granted SZPT's diploma and NSI's advanced diploma. More than 40% of the graduates have applied for further study at NSI.
The Joint Logistics Management Program between SZPT and the City University of Seattle is a college-level education program approved by the Department of Education of Guangdong Province and filed at the MOE of the PRC. The program graduates will be granted SZPT's diploma and the Diploma in Basic Education and Administration issued by the City University of Seattle (with which students can apply for a bachelor's degree program to the City University of Seattle). SZPT started to enroll students for this program in 2012.
SZPT's logistics management major is competitive, which became a major construction project in higher vocational colleges supported by central finance in 2012 and is also a provincial demonstration major in higher vocational colleges and an ongoing major under the national program for the improvement of higher vocational colleges in serving industrial development. Moreover, SZPT has maintained long-term cooperation with logistics enterprises such as China Shipping Logistics Co., Ltd. (CSL), COSCO SHIPPING Logistics Co., Ltd., Chiwan Container Terminal, and ZJS Express. The Joint Logistics Management Program established with the City University of Seattle offers an effective path for talent cultivation through Sino-foreign cooperation, fully achieving complementation in superior resources of both sides, improving SZPT's logistics management talent quality, and meeting Shenzhen's needs for international logistics talent.
The Joint Software Technology Program between SZPT and the City University of Seattle was launched at the SZPT School of Computer Engineering in 2013.
SZPT's software technology major is of great strength, honored as Guangdong Provincial Key Demonstration Major in 2015. In addition, the software technology faculty team was awarded SZPT's First Excellent Faculty Team in March 2011 and SZPT Advanced Team in Teaching Style Construction in 2012 and 2013. Through cooperative talent cultivation, SZPT and the City University of Seattle have fully achieved complementation in superior resources and met Shenzhen's needs for international high-skilled software technology talent. Students who obtain the required credits and are qualified for graduation can be granted SZPT's associate diploma and the Diploma in Basic Education and Administration issued by the City University of Seattle (with which students can apply for a bachelor's degree program to the City University of Seattle). Shenzhen Polytechnic Sino-American Joint Software Technology Program has been increasingly recognized by society, with 100% of students applying for the program as their first choice. In addition, there is a rich and good source of students.
SZPT has established student exchange mechanisms with partner schools in Russia, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, and many other countries and regions, for both sides' students to participate in various long- and short-term study and learning activities. In the past five years, a total of 787 SZPT students have studied abroad and 2,000 overseas students have studied at SZPT through cooperative exchange programs.
The short-term study and research program for international students at SZPT is a characteristic brand of SZPT's young student exchange programs. The program offers lectures on Chinese culture and Shenzhen’s economic development, visits to Shenzhen’s enterprises, Shenzhen cultural tours, Chinese cultural experience, and interaction with Chinese students and their families. The program is widely welcomed by international students for its distinctive features and rich content. Groups of students from partner schools in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and Malaysia have participated in professional technical skills learning or language and cultural activities at SZPT. The program is well received by international students for its distinctive features and rich content. In the past five years, more than 470 overseas teachers and students have participated in it, which lasted more than two weeks on average.
In 2000, SZPT was approved by the MOE of the PRC to recruit international students, becoming one of the first vocational colleges in this regard. On December 20, 2012, SZPT was qualified as a national online test center for the Chinese Proficiency Test (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, HSK). At first, SZPT mainly received students from partner schools; after decades of development, it focuses on enrolling self-financed overseas students and continuously expands the scale. So far, SZPT has cultivated more than 2,100 international students; especially in the past five years, SZPT has seen a rapid increase in international students and nearly 800 students from more than 40 countries have studied at SZPT.
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