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Case Study of Education and Local Economic Development —— Takes Lincang Area as an Example

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Project Title: Case Study of Education and Local Economic Development —— Takes Lincang Area as an Example
Author: Zi Guorui
Advisor: Dr. Tanakorn Limsarun
Degree: Master of Business Administration (International Program)
Major: International Business Management
Faculty: Graduate Schools
Academic year: 2022


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Zi, Guorui. (2022). Case study of education and local economic development —— Takes lincang area as an example. (Master’s independent study). Bangkok: Master of Business Administration Siam University.


Talents play a crucial role in the development of local economies, directly impacting the extent of economic progress. The swift expansion of higher vocational education in China has furnished the nation with a considerable number of high-quality, high-tech, and skilled individuals. The advancement of higher vocational education institutions heavily relies on the support of local economies. Consequently, merging higher education with local economic development, mitigating the scarcity of high-tech and skilled talents in local economic growth through enhanced institutional levels, and attaining harmonious and sustainable development between vocational colleges and local economies, has emerged as a pressing issue in the evolution of vocational colleges.

This paper takes the Lincang region as a case study, examining the influence of education on local economic development, aimed at presenting effective recommendations for cultivating specialized talents in regional economic advancement through higher education. Currently, there is a dearth of empirical case studies regarding the impact of higher vocational education on local economic development. Hence, this article outlines the following research objectives:  1. to assess the present state of education’s impact on local economic development in the Lincang region. 2. to analyze the challenges within education and local economic development in the Lincang region. 3. to propose suggestions for the collaborative development of education and the local economy in the Lincang region to nurture professional talent.

The research methodology adopted in this paper is literature-based. Using Dianxi Normal University of Science and Technology as a case study, the research reveals a close interplay and mutual promotion between education and local economic development. The low compatibility between talent cultivation models and the requirements of enterprises in Lincang City has resulted in low employment rates for students. Furthermore, the disconnect between university majors and regional economic development in Lincang City has led to a lack of alignment with future economic and industrial growth. Additionally, the inadequate awareness of talent services in the Lincang region has caused a high turnover rate.

To address these issues, the article suggests several strategies. Primarily, the reform of talent cultivation models in universities must consider local enterprise needs, and the design of disciplines and majors should align with the development of the local characteristic economy. Collaborations between schools and enterprises can facilitate a mutually beneficial relationship. This article not only provides valuable insights into the coordinated development of vocational education and the economy in Yunnan Province but also holds practical significance for promoting the coordinated development of vocational education and the economy in China.

Keywords: Higher Vocational Education, Regional Economic Development, Professional Talents, Lincang City.

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Case Study of Education and Local Economic Development —— Takes Lincang Area as an Example