Chengdu, China

Leading the development of a learning city planChengdu, 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 & MotivationChengdu 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 SupportAs 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 ImplementationAt 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:Reaching an agreement on building a learning cityEstablishing a lifelong learning service system and perfecting the infrastructure of the learning cityPromoting urban and rural education and enhancing quality and equalityFacilitating learning organizations and cultivating a culture of learningPromoting lifelong learning through Internet-Plus and employing modern technologies to improve the accessibility of learning resourcesIntegrating public learning resources 
City population
City GDP per capita
Between USD 10,000 and USD 15,000
Average number of years of schooling
Member since
City award
Wang Mr Fengchao
Focal point
Ms. Yuanyuan Diao