We should implement the strategy of developing the country by relying on science and education. Scientific and technological progress is a decisive factor in economic development, and educational development is the foundation of scientific and technological progress. The increasingly acute worldwide economic competition and overall competition between nations are, in the final analysis, competition in science and technology and for competent people. Only by vigorously developing education and science and technology and really setting forth on the path of developing our economy by relying on scientific and technological advancements and improving the quality of our laborers can we accelerate the process of modernization and narrow the gap between China and the developed countries.
The fundamental task of our work in science and education is to elevate the ideological and ethical standards, the scientific and cultural level of the entire nation and its creative capabilities. This is an imperative task which is dictated by China’s need to further its modernization drive, to meet the requirements of the world’s emerging scientific and technological revolution and to compete well economically in the world market.
In our work in science and technology, we should strive to promote the use of applicable advanced technologies in the fields of production, distribution, consumption, environmental protection and other fields. We should also promote the commercialization of scientific and technological achievements, and especially advances in information technology. We should improve the system of socialized scientific and technological services so that achievements in science and technology will, in turn, better serve economic and social development and the well-being of the people. We should vigorously promote the reform of management of higher education by means of judicious allocation and full use of educational resources so as to improve the quality of education and efficiency in school management. Emphasis should be laid on the improvement of ideological, moral and aesthetic education. Reforms should be carried out in school course contents, curriculum and teaching methods, in order to satisfy the society’s need for all types of qualified personnel.