Chengdu, China

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    Between USD 10,000 and USD 15,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 12,019
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

Leading the development of a learning city plan

Chengdu, a major city in western China, is known as the ‘land of abundance’. It is considered by many to be one of the most livable cities in China. 

Vision & Motivation

Chengdu is drawing on the UNESCO GNLC and the Key Features of Building Learning Cities to develop plans and tools for promoting lifelong learning.

The city firmly believes that through policy dialogue and exchanges with other cities in the network, Chengdu will improve its citizens’ living conditions.

Challenges & Areas of Support

As a hub of commerce, finance and transportation in Western China, Chengdu is open to a wide variety of ideas and influences. The city wishes to take advantage of its central location to form an inclusive learning and education system, extend the use of technologies in training, and create a culture of lifelong learning throughout the city.

Plan and Implementation

At the governmental level, Chengdu has drafted and adopted Chengdu’s Suggestions for Promoting the Establishment of a Learning City. This detailed plan outlines the following six actions:

  1. Reaching an agreement on building a learning city
  2. Establishing a lifelong learning service system and perfecting the infrastructure of the learning city
  3. Promoting urban and rural education and enhancing quality and equality
  4. Facilitating learning organizations and cultivating a culture of learning
  5. Promoting lifelong learning through Internet-Plus and employing modern technologies to improve the accessibility of learning resources
  6. Integrating public learning resources


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