Hubei has witness the general elimination of adult illiteracy and the popularization of the nine-year compulsory education. As a leading province in the field of education, Hubei is noted for its basic education, vocational education and higher education.
There are 57 universities and colleges in Hubei, altogether 259,400 students enrolling in Hubei. With the number of colleges and universities ranking only after Beijing and Shanghai, Hubei is one of the most-developed provinces in the terms of higher education.
There are four universities—Wuhan University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences (in Wuhan), and Wuhan University of Science and Engineering—that have made their ways into 「211 Project」, a national key construction project for education. Following seven universities in Wuhan are directly under the administration of the Education Ministry of China, Wuhan University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Central China Normal University, China University of Geosciences, Huazhong Agricultural University and Wuhan University of Science and Engineering.