Covering an area of 139,600 square kilometers, with a population of 69.02 million, Anhui Province lies in the eastern part of China. It abounds in natural and cultural resources and human talents.
Anhui’s education has developed rapidly since China began to practice policies of opening to the world and economic reform. In 1998, the province realized the goal of meeting state standards for making nine-year compulsory education basically universal and basically eliminating illiteracy among young and middle-aged people, which ranks Anhui foremost among all the provinces in China. By the end of 2015, institutions offering postgraduate programs totaled 21 with 50,410 students enrolled. There were 108 institutions of higher education, and the general tertiary education enrollment was 1.131 million. The gross enrollment rate of higher education was 40.6 percent, increasing by 2.7 percentage points over the previous year. There were 412 vocational schools (technical worker training schools excluded) with the enrollment of 838 thousand students. There were 1.136 million students in 666 senior secondary schools with the gross enrollment rate of 92 percent, up by 0.1 percentage points, 1.901 million students in 2,858 junior secondary schools with the enrollment rate of 99.9 percent and 4.225 million pupils in 9,119 elementary schools with the enrollment rate of 99.96 percent. Graduates from adult educational institutions10 numbered 443 thousand.
The goal set by Anhui is to adapt its education to satisfy people's needs and wants. Anhui is determined to reinforce its educational reform and increase the investment into this sector; to make great efforts to renew ideas of running school; to actively restructure the province’s education; to strengthen international exchanges, and to maintain a balanced and sustainable development of education. As a result, the conditions of running school for all kinds of schools have been improved; and the level for running school has also been improved. The rapid development of education in Anhui Province has made it possible that the holistic quality of Anhui people has been greatly improved. All these will provide strong guarantee of talents and support of intelligence for carrying out the strategy of speeding development, enriching the province and its people, and building a well-off society.