Jiangsu overview [Video provided to english.jsjyt.edu.cn]
Jiangsu is located along the eastern coast of China and with a highly developed economy and many ancient historic sites; it has become a fascinating province for international as well as Chinese tourists.
Jiangsu is situated between east longitude 116°21' and 121°56', north latitude 30°45' and 35°08'. Jiangsu faces the Yellow Sea in the east, bordering Shandong province in the north, Anhui province in the west, and Shanghai and Zhejiang province in the southeast. Owing to its advantageous geographic location and easy access to a vast hinterland, Jiangsu province is becoming one of the most developed provinces in China.
Located in the beautiful and prosperous Yangtze River Delta (YRD) region, Jiangsu thus enjoys the authenticity of its natural scenery while simultaneous maintaining a solid economic foundation, making it an idealistic destination for business, tourism or study. The YRD city group constituted by Jiangsu, Shanghai and Zhejiang has become on the six world-class city groups.
From the beginning of China's economic reform to the subsequent entry into the world economy nearly 40 years ago, Jiangsu province has worked extensively to foster its economic roots within China and the global economy. Jiangsu's economic and social development has made remarkable achievements. In 2019, Jiangsu registered regional GDP of 9.96 trillion yuan ($1.4 trillion), a year-on-year growth of 6.1 percent. The per capita GDP was 123,600 yuan, up 5.8 percent year on year.
Jiangsu landscapes [Photo/jiangsu.gov.cn]
It comes as no surprise that the numbers of international students enrolling in universities in Jiangsu has been on the rise since the inception of the study tour program. Jiangsu has always attempted to foster relationships with international students, but with the current development of the Chinese economy and the overall globalization of the world, many barriers have been removed, allowing those wishing to study outside of their home country to do so in China. These exchanges are seen as mutually beneficial as they give the student international experience while also create future economic ties between China and the student's home countries, planting the seed for economic development and allowing the student to be immersed in the Chinese language and culture.
Nanjing University in Jiangsu province [Photo/jiangsu.gov.cn]
In 2019, Jiangsu has sped up efforts to build itself into a strong province with modern education, such as vigorously developing preschool education, promoting the balanced and quality development of compulsory education, strengthening the construction of high-quality demonstration senior high schools, and boosting the running of schools in groups and in pairs.
Carrying the aim to make education to the satisfaction of the people, Jiangsu has strived to create a good and friendly environment for learning and teaching, and effectively reduce the burden on students and teachers in primary and middle schools.
In Jiangsu, there are now 142 colleges and universities with about 1.87 million undergraduates and 215,000 postgraduates. There are about 622,000 vocational school students (excluding technical schools). Special education schools enrolled 3,000 students every year and 19,000 students are now at school. There are 7,608 kindergartens in the province, enrolling totaly 2.54 million children. The gross enrollment rate of three-year preschool education reaches over 98 percent.
Southeast University in Jiangsu province [Photo/jiangsu.gov.cn]
International exchange and cooperation
Jiangsu has made remarkable progress in international exchange and cooperation in 2019. It took part in national events such as the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and the second China International Import Expo.
Jiangsu has established 339 pairs of sister cities with 63 countries. The total number of bilateral and multilateral cooperation mechanisms between sister cities at the provincial level was increased to 14, and eight bilateral mechanism meetings were held with key sister cities. It has also held 42 economic, trade and cultural exchange activities to celebrate the anniversary with Jeonra Puk To in South Korea, Baden-Württemberg in Germany, Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands, New York State in the United States, and Victoria State in the Australia, and signed 36 cooperation agreements.
Jiangsu hosted and participated in a number of brand events, such as the second Jiangsu Development Summit, 2019 World Intelligent Manufacturing, 2019 World Internet of Things Exposition, round-table conference between Jiangsu province and foreign consulates in Shanghai, second Jiangsu-Hong Kong Summit on Interconnected Development, third Seminar on "China and LAC: Dialogue between Civilizations", 2019 Jiangsu International Conference on Township Development, and business summit between Jiangsu, Macao and Portuguese-speaking countries.