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Premier Li Keqiang said that science, technology and education should be given a bigger role in stimulating economic and social development in the next five years.
He made the remarks on Dec 3 while attending a meeting themed of mapping out the blueprint for the country’s science, technology and education during the 13th Five-Year Period (2016-20).
The Premier noted that the innovation-driven development is the key to cope with the downward economic pressure and avoid the “middle-income trap”.
He stressed the importance of young talents’ leadership in major scientific and technological projects and the coordination between fundamental research and applied research. Mass entrepreneurship and innovation as well as the new industries are also significant to create an environment that respects knowledge, talents, and creativity. In addition, structural reforms are needed to enhance resource allocation, and an international cooperation platform will be set up to attract overseas talents.
The government will strive to bridge the educational resources gaps between rural and urban areas to make sure that more students, especially those in less-developed middle and western region, have access to better education, Premier Li said.
The proportion of rural students should be increased in the enrollment of universities, and students from poor families should have equal access and hopes to going upward, he said. The government will attach more importance to the education quality and support some key universities to become competitive worldwide.