Over 160,000 migrant workers receive free training by Open University of China: newspaper

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-04 22:10:21|Editor: huaxia

BEIJING, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The Open University of China has enrolled more than 160,000 rural migrant workers and helped them upskill for free, China Education Daily reported Friday.

As beneficiaries of an educational campaign launched in 2016, the migrant workers were able to improve their academic background and hone their skills through programs provided by the university, according to the newspaper.

The study schemes are tailored for the migrant workers, the newspaper said, adding that Internet Plus training has become the main way of vocational education for industrial workers.

A new mode of school-enterprise cooperation has also been encouraged, with more training projects designed based on the needs of local economic development as well as enterprises, said the newspaper.

The newspaper also quoted a survey showing that among the rural migrant workers in 2019, 56 percent of them had junior middle school education and 16.6 percent had senior high school education, while only 11.1 percent held a junior college degree or above.

China had a total of 290 million rural migrant workers in 2019, the newspaper quoted data from the National Bureau of Statistics. Enditem