Suzhou Municipal Education Association and Soochow University Private Education Research Center organized the “Seminar on the Development of Compulsory Education in Suzhou” on July 12, 2022. The seminar aims to analyze the possible difficulties and challenges in reducing the proportion of private compulsory education in Suzhou and to seek advice from authoritative experts for the reference of the relevant departments.
Suzhou is the earliest, fastest and most prosperous city in China for the development of private voluntary education. This seminar is a high-profile professional conference in mainland China. Representatives of Macao SAR were invited to give keynote speeches in the seminar, including Prof. Liu Jun, Rector of the City University of Macau, and Prof. Zhu Shoutong of the Centre for Chinese History and Culture of the University of Macau (CCHC). President Liu Jun is also an academic member of CCHC.
Professor Zhu Shoutong, the person-in-charge of the Macao Base for Primary & Secondary Education in Humanities & Social Sciences, attended the conference and presented a speech on the theme of “The historical opportunity period of the advanced private education”. In the seminar, he introduced the situation of private basic education in Hong Kong and Macao. He provided a case study of the advanced private education in Suzhou with historical significance and cultural heritage, which aroused the intense interest of the participants in the seminar to further communicate, as a testimony to the unity of the academics from Macao and the mainland China in contributing to the development of compulsory education in China. Professor Liu Jun also presented a speech on the educational situation in Macao.