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Tianjin International Chinese College and Tianjin Macduffie International School from freemexy's blog

June 6th afternoon, Tianjin International Chinese College and Tianjin Macduffie International School carry out the Dragon Boat Festival activity. The students learned how to make zongzi(rice dumpling)and sachets and then made it by their own. They expressed their great interest in this activity, and said that they have learned a lot of Chinese traditional cultural knowledge from this activity.Tianjin international school

Despite recent international education industry concerns that the expansion of China’s universities will eat into western schools’ overseas student market share, a talk with Chinese students and parents at an international school near Beijing reveals Canada will remain a strong draw for the foreseeable future to those who can afford it.
That’s because cities like Vancouver and Toronto – as well as countries like Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain – are attractive to students looking to escape a more rigid Chinese education system dominated by an all-encompassing exam at the end of high school; they are also attractive to their parents as immigration destinations.
That was the case with construction/real estate businessman Yang Qin, who sent his 15-year-old son, Nick, to New Zealand for one month ostensibly to pursue a western education, but also to pave the way for immigration. With Nick now attending an international school in China that uses the B.C. curriculum, the family’s sights have moved to Canada.
“With New Zealand, the original plan was to immigrate there,” said Yang during an interview at the Maple Leaf International High School in Tianjin’s port area, some 165 kilometres southeast of Beijing. “But the most important thing is Nick, and Nick didn’t like it. So we looked at our options here in Tianjin, and there were British schools and Swedish schools, but Nick really liked the Maple Leaf school when we visited. So here we are.
Officials at Maple Leaf – which began operations in China in 1995 and now includes more than 70 schools throughout the country – said the schools’ continuously strong enrolment is a good indication that Chinese interest in Canadian and B.C. schools has not diminished.
That’s because Chinese students who choose local international schools do not take the national high school exam (Gaokao) that determines which college a Chinese student will attend and – often – how prestigious a job they can land upon graduation.
That means that almost all of the Tianjin Maple Leaf International High School’s 1,500 students will go abroad for college, and school officials say half eventually choose Canadian schools due to the students’ familiarity with the B.C. curriculum, culture and teaching methods. Mona Tan, a Maple Leaf teacher and principal, said demand for enrolment in Maple Leaf schools remains strong, even though the Tianjin location charges annual per-student tuition of 10,000 renminbi ($1,936.70), a significant burden for residents of a city where the average net salary is around $50,000.
“The parents want their children to go overseas to study; that’s why they put them here at Maple Leaf,” said Tan. “And the children usually have a very good academic foundation, because the parents have to pay quite a bit of tuition.”
Attendees at the recent BC Council for International Education’s (BCCIE) summer summit in Vancouver expressed concerns that China’s increased investment in its own colleges and universities will, over the long term, draw other foreign students and Chinese domestics. That would turn China – which has driven global international education as the biggest origin country for students – into a “net importer,” possibly with dire consequences for schools in markets like Canada that have benefited from Asia’s outbound international student wave.

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