By the end of 2019, there had been 21 institutions offering postgraduate programs, 112 institutions of higher learning in Anhui, 328 vocational secondary schools (technician training schools excluded). There had been 667 senior secondary schools with the gross enrollment rate of 89.6 percent, 2,846 junior secondary schools with the enrollment rate of 99.8 percent and 7,792 elementary schools with the enrollment rate of 99.97 percent.
There had been altogether 2.369 million technicians of all categories by the end of 2019, up by 2.7 percent over the previous year. Of 6,181 research institutions of science and technology, there were 1,284 ones established by large and medium enterprises. 232 thousand professionals were engaged in scientific work.
There were 4 national large-scale scientific facilities, 185 key labs at provincial level or above with 11 national ones, 599 engineering (technical) research centers at provincial level or above with 9 state-level ones, 103 engineering labs at provincial level or above with 15 state-level ones, 157 engineering research centers at or above provincial level with 35 national ones, and 20 high & new technology industrial development zones, including 6 state-level ones. There were 6,636 new and high-tech enterprises with 1,233 ones newly recognized.
In 2019, achievements of science and technology were made in 16,294 projects, of which 952 projects were financed by fiscal funds. There were 8 achievements winning national science & technology awards, such as the activation, regulation and effector mechanism of inflammatory macrophages, key technology in coding and adaptation of mobile high-definition videos and the optical monitoring technology of hazardous gas in industrial parks and its application. There were 167 thousand patent applications in 2019 and 79,747 patents, and a total of 82.5 thousand were authorized. By the end of the year 2019, the number of patents in force had been 74.8 thousand. The value of export technical contracts was 45.272 billion yuan, up by 40.9 percent, while that of the import technical contracts was 61.001 billion yuan, up by 72.1 percent.