Nearly 10,000 contestants will take part in a large-scale skills competition for vocational school students in a wide spectrum of categories, including international trade, tea-making and traditional Chinese medicine.
The 2012 National Vocational Students Skills Competition, organized by the Ministry of Education, will be held on 26th-29th June in Tianjin, the main contest venue, as well as sub-arenas in 10 other cities.
The competition categories will be increased to 96 this year, almost doubling the total featured in last year's competition -- a move to cater to the fast development of the country's modern industries, according to Ge Daokai, the vocational and adult education director under the ministry.
"Based on the specific requirements of related vocational posts, this year's contest equally focuses on the demands of modern industries and the succession of traditional techniques and crafts," Ge said at a press conference on Wednesday.
New categories will include booming industries such as resources and environment, petrochemicals, international trade, new energy, water resources monitoring and treatment, mining safety and garden and landscape design, among others.
Competition for traditional crafts will include cooking, tea-making and traditional Chinese medicine.
In an unprecedented move, the organizers for this year's event have invited relevant enterprises and craftsmen to participate in all phases of the competition, including designing the contest, setting topics and judging, according to Ge.
"We hope the upcoming contest will serve as a window to observe China's industrial situation and future tendencies," said Ge.
The competition, which will be broadcast live online, will also include representatives and competitors from some 40 foreign countries, according to Ge.
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