Students at the Luban Workshop founded by the Tianjin University of Technology in Côte d’Ivoire test new facilities at a laboratory. [Photo provided to]

Tianjin had set up 10 Luban Workshops in Africa by the end of 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, aiming to provide vocational training to young people.

The workshop effort is part of an initiative launched at the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. Tianjin, as a city with many leading vocational universities in China and which established some 10 Luban workshops overseas, was assigned the important task.