A College of Household Management, the first of its kind in China, was set up Tuesday at the Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu, capital of southwestern Sichuan Province.
The college will begin by recruiting 800 students from junior and senior high schools in autumn this year. The students will study for three to five years' study to become professional housekeepers.
According to the blueprint, the Sichuan Normal University will set up more than 10 training bases on housekeeping in Sichuan. The bases will help train more than 100 senior housekeepers for overseas service, more than 1,000 senior housekeepers for domestic service, and more than 10,000 intermediate housekeepers, Yan Yusong, president of the Normal University, said at the opening ceremony.
Experts with the housekeeping business said that there is a large gap between demand and supply in household management personnel, especially senior housekeepers, both at home and abroad.
In big Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, senior housekeepers are in great demand, and they are paid highly, ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 yuan (375 to 625 U.S. dollars) a month.