Maple Leaf Education North America, the Canadian subsidiary of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems proudly celebrates the official opening of Maple Leaf School – KPU. This newest school in the Maple Leaf family is located in Richmond, British Columbia on the campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and marks a unique collaboration between Maple Leaf and KPU.
“We are delighted to open our newest Maple Leaf School on the campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the heart of Richmond, one of the most dynamic and ethnically diverse locations in the beautiful Greater Vancouver Region. KPU has many great programs and academic opportunities to offer our students, and we are excited to be part of this expanding campus.” said Dawn Sutherland, President, Maple Leaf Education North America.
“We are proud to have entered into this partnership with Maple Leaf Education North America,” said KPU President Dr. Alan Davis, “and we are excited to welcome their students to KPU Richmond. This three-year pilot project to locate Maple Leaf School – KPU on our campus will have tremendous benefits for KPU, Maple Leaf and for the wider community. Maple Leaf’s belief in providing a rich cultural experience as a component of education is also not unlike KPU’s own philosophy, which we embrace as part of our international education programming. And Maple Leaf Education North America’s reputation for delivering high-quality education makes them an exceptional partner for KPU.”
This school is the second Maple Leaf School to open in Canada and will operate as a Group 4 BC Independent School leasing space and services from the university. MLS-KPU principal, Brad Helgason, and the teaching team have many years of experience working with Maple Leaf schools in China and are well qualified to bring the Maple Leaf model of education to this community. The school program blends the best of Chinese and Canadian educational practice.
Dr. Sherman Jen, Chairman and Founder of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems explains the importance of this educational model, “For Chinese international students the benefit of our model is that it provides them with the opportunity to complete the BC high school program in English immersed in an English environment while at the same time they can retain their culture and strong Mandarin language development. For Canadian students and international students from other cultures it provides them the opportunity to learn a language spoken by nearly 20% of the worlds people. Through shared language, English or Mandarin we grow to better understand each other.”
The students and their parents are attracted to KPU for its strong commitment to international education and the dynamic mix of career related academic programs it offers. Students and teachers have been warmly welcomed on campus as they begin their adventure in this new school together.