[Teachers] online education in China
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Sun May 9 16:48:01 IST 2010
Online and Adult Education
The participation of big investors in online education has made it a new
hotspot for investment in the education industry. Students in remote and
underdeveloped areas are the biggest beneficiaries of online education, but
online universities offer students who have failed university entrance
examinations and working people the opportunity of lifelong education and
The Ministry of Education has approved 68 ordinary schools of higher
learning and the Central Radio and TV University to pilot modern distance
education. They have set up 2,027 off-campus learning centers (stations)
around China, offering 140 majors in 10 disciplines, and have a total
enrollment of 1.467 million.
The gradual spread of broadband technology has also helped online education.
The China Education and Research Network (CERNET), started in 1994, is now
China's second largest Internet network, with a high-speed transmission
network of 20,000 km, 28 international and regional channels, covering all
major cities of China. The high-speed connection between it and the China
Education Broadband Satellite Net, opened in 2000, established a "space to
earth" transmission platform for modern distance education, and provided an
all-round network support environment for distance education.
Adult education in China is both dynamic and diverse. Schools of higher
learning for adults include radio and TV, worker, farmer, correspondence and
evening universities, management and education colleges; adult secondary
schools include vocational, high and technical schools; worker elementary
and farmer elementary schools comprise the adult elementary sector.
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