A growing number of Chinese online education companies are also increasingly looking to artificial intelligence (AI) to upend traditional classrooms, reaching more people with an offer of higher quality education and better efficiency in a country where the best education resources and teachers have so far only been accessed by children from well-off families in big cities.
Education has emerged as one of the hottest verticals for the application of AI in China. According to market research firm IT Juzi, it ranks third after medicine and automobiles among industries that have witnessed the most changes brought on by AI. But underpinning these initiatives is the need for reliable, high-speed internet.
According to the most recent data, there were 4.7 million rural teachers in 2010, but that fell to 3.3 million in 2013, China News Service reported.
China Unicom said in the same statement that it is undertaking the building of more internet-linked campuses and research centres that develop education products by analysing large volumes of data.