The 2017 China Summit of the Association of Leading Independent Schools & Schoolsguide.com Inauguration were successfully held on 17 September in Shanghai. The event was attended by admission officers from 12 UK boarding schools as well as international education experts. It's made up of the forum where the British Education system were unveiled, and interview where nearly a hundred Chinese students were interviewed by admissions officer.
Guests present at the activity included Emma Vanbergen, Education Consultancy President of BE, Raff Flacket, UK Director of BE, Katja Lamping, Director Asia of ALIS, and Wang Haijun, Director of Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate-General Council. The event also saw the inauguration of the Schoolsguide website.
Against the backdrop of thriving development of information technology, ideas and knowledge about education become increasingly transparent as there are more channels to spread. Riding the technological wave, the 2017 ALIS event was lively aired on Weibo, so as to let more Chinese families get to understand British education.
The activity was kicked off at 9am by Mr. Raff Flacket, Director UK of BE and Director Asia of ALIS. Graduated from Durham University, Mr. Raff who also went to Eton is the beneficiary of elite education in the UK. "Since 2003, BE Education has been committed to providing the best services for students who come to us. We want to help them adapt to overseas environment, and being able to working with ALIS is really an honor for us", said Raff in his opening remarks.
Then Ms. Katja Lamping, Director Asia of ALIS gave a speech in which she described the purpose of ALIS was to "open a green channel for Chinese students who want to apply to these ALIS schools."
Currently there is an increasing number of Chinese parents sending their children to abroad for study. And Mr. Wang Haijun from the British Council shared the overseas study trend in China.
Good Schools Guide enters China
At this summit, Good Schools Guide announced its official entry to China for the first time, and launched the inauguration of its Chinese version – Schoolsguide (www. schoolsguide.com.cn), which has included not only all the UK prep schools and secondary schools on Good Schools Guide, but also hundreds of US schools.
"Schoolsguide is designed to solve the information asymmetry problem for Chinese families by eliminating the language barrier, and delivering transparent information." said Kitty Zhang, Head of Schoolsguide project.
Main subjects VS Extras, Academics VS Extra-curriculars
In China, the proportion of class hours for main subject is much larger than extras subjects, as if the extras was expected to serve for the main subjects. What about the case in England? How do they balance?
This question was answered in the panel formed by Matthew Godfrey Deputy Head at Caterham, Emma Taylor Head at Dean Close Junior, Ashley Deacon Director of Admissions and International Recruitment at Wells Cathedral School, Ian Sheldon Deputy Head Academic at Queenswood.
Unveil the British Education System
Following the panel was the speech by Ms. Ellen Xu, Area Director Eastern China of BE. Her introduction about the British education system was so thorough and helpful that won her big applause from the audience.
Characteristics and advantages of sing-sex schools
Among the Top10 schools in the Hurun Boarding Schools Guide Britain, most of them are single-sex schools. What advantages do they have? Why go for sing-sex education?
Around this topic, Hilary Laver Admissions Director at The Cheltenham Ladies' College, Michelle Scott Assistant Headmistress at Downe House, Jane Jorgensen Director of Admissions and Marketing at Abingdon and Matthew Jamieson Deputy Head at Sherborne shared their perspectives.
Applying to US universities & colleges from a UK school
Many Chinese parents who send their children to England from an early age are concerned about how to apply to US universities from a UK school and what kind of support schools could provide for its pupils.
James Outram Housemaster at The King's School, Canterbury, Edrys Barkham Deputy Head Admissions at Bryanston, Nigel Paddock Registrar at Oakham School and James Postle Registrar (Director of Admissions) at Millfield explained counselling support on offer at their schools.
Interview going on concurrently
Nearly a hundred students attended the one-to-one interview with the admission officer at the summit. In the interview lasting about 30 minutes, students showed their best to impress the admissions officer with their talent, flexibility and verbal skills.
The success of the 2017 China Summit of ALIS attended by 12 UK schools demonstrates increasingly greater importance attached on China's market. It is believed that in the future application to UK schools from China will become easier and more accessible.