China Maple Leaf Educational Systems Limited today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of South Australia to explore opening an English-Chinese (Mandarin) bilingual school in collaboration with the University of South Australia, within the University’s Magill campus Education precinct.
The School will be the first high school in Adelaide established by a Chinese education group and will offer a bilingual English-Chinese curriculum for senior high school students in grades 10-12 and be accredited as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.
Chairman and Chief Executive of Maple Leaf, Dr Sherman Jen, says China Maple Leaf is delighted to be opening its first high school in Australia at the University of South Australia.
“Maple Leaf schools will graduate more than 1,500 students in June 2017 and over 2,500 in June 2018,” Dr Jen says.
“An increasing number of our students are choosing Australian universities for their higher education and being one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old, the University of South Australia is an excellent partner for us.
“We admire their high educational standards, their internationalism, and their pioneering spirit.”
University of South Australia Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says UniSA is pleased to welcome China Maple Leaf Educational Systems as partners in the Magill Education precinct.
“Maple Leaf’s network of more than 60 schools will provide broad opportunities for our Education students such as classroom observation, research, practicum experience, and in future international work opportunities for our Bachelor of Education graduates,” Professor Lloyd said.
“This Maple Leaf School will provide first-hand experience for the students of UniSA to observe a bilingual school, opening up new opportunities to analyse these programs and to be pioneers in the study of bilingual education.
“We look forward to more applications to study at UniSA from among Maple Leaf’s students and to an increased profile for UniSA in China, raising awareness of our young university in the world’s largest country for international students.”
China Maple Leaf Educational Systems Limited opened its first school in 1995 and has grown to become the largest operator of international schools in China, with over 26,000 students in 15 cities in China.
The School is expected to open in 2018 with 75 students.