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Delegates at the fifth Cambridge Principals Forum in China discussed the diversity of the country’s education development paths and how to build a better environment for the international education community. More than 100 principals of Cambridge schools attended the meeting on 11 June 2015 at the Affiliated High School of Renmin University of China.
Sixty thousand students from mainland China took a Cambridge exam in 2014/15, an increase of 10 per cent on the previous year.
Eric Ding, Regional Director of North East Asia, said: “This year we have witnessed the birth of more than 200 official Cambridge global high schools in 25 mainland cities. Building on this strong foundation, we will build stronger and better relationships with our partners, constantly expand our educational community, and offer more valuable services that support the optimization and upgrading of Cambridge schools. At the same time, we will take the feedback and advice that we receive from schools, parents and students to provide ever higher quality international courses for Chinese students.”
YuXia Xin, a maths teacher at the Affiliated High School of Renmin University of China, said that in a Cambridge international education Chinese culture and western thought are perfectly united. She also said that in the past five years Cambridge Assessment International Education had provided focused career development for nearly 2000 teachers in China, helping them to develop communication skills and support the network of schools in China.
The Affiliated High School of Renmin University of China is one of the first schools in China to introduce Cambridge Global Perspectives. Its principal, Xiaoning Zhai (pictured), said: “In 2004, the school launched a ‘China-UK School-Running Project’. This project has produced outstanding graduates for 11 years. Each year sees students gaining admission to Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and all of its students have gained places at eminent universities overseas. During this process, we have also gained and developed a large number of young teachers who have graduated from elite universities into our teaching and management team.”