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The first ever winners of Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards in China have been receiving their awards this week at three ceremonies in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing.
We presented the awards, which recognise exceptional performance in our June 2015 exam series, to 107 students from 34 Cambridge schools across China. Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment, Simon Lebus, and Chief Executive of Cambridge International Examinations, Michael O’Sullivan, attended the ceremonies, as well as the winners’ parents and teachers, and representatives from the British Council.
Pei Qin, a student at the High School Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, won four awards. She said: “Cambridge programmes have enabled me to understand my subjects in-depth, instead of just absorbing facts from the teachers. Cambridge IGCSE has helped me to challenge myself and develop my critical thinking skills.”
Michael O’Sullivan shared his views on why Cambridge programmes meet the expectations of Chinese parents and help students find their own way to success. “At Cambridge, learners are at the centre of everything we do. We believe that learning, not exams and tests, is the purpose of education. Our examinations are designed to encourage, recognise and reward desired learning. And we also continuously improve our curriculum and teaching to better reflect our assessments.”
At the ceremonies we also launched a new initiative for schools in China – Cambridge School Communities. These communities, made up of all Cambridge schools across north, east and south China, will enable our growing number of schools in the country to share best practice and support one another in the successful implementation of Cambridge programmes.