A ceremony to celebrate the foundation of the second Yew Chung International School (YCIS) campus in Beijing was held in the city’s Yizhuang town last week, launching a new era of cross-cultural educational partnership in the Chinese capital.
The new YCIS campus is just one part of the BP International Education Park (IEP), a larger educational development that will also house a new Yew Wah International Education School (YWIES) for local Chinese students.
The two schools aim to work together to combine the best of Eastern and Western education methods, across early childhood, primary and secondary school, as well as pre-university preparation.
The ceremony, which was attended by over 300 guests, was opened by two children – one Chinese and one foreign – to represent the project’s ambition to foster shared learning experiences amongst Chinese and foreign students. Guests were then treated to guzheng and violin performances, Italian Opera and Latin dance. performances that embodied the park’s vision of fostering global cross-cultural cooperation.
“Our unique cooperative model, which combines Chinese and Western Co-Principles and Co-Teachers, creates a dual culture learning environment and exemplifies acceptance and tolerance of diverse ideas, values and customs,” said IEP co-founder Dr. Betty Chan.
Yizhuang, which lies in the southeastern suburbs of Beijing and is part of one of the largest economic development zones in the city, is tipped to become the new Shunyi when the capital’s second airport opens a few years down the road.
The first phase of the IEP’s construction will be completed in 2013.