China’s global in­flu­ence grows English-Chi­nese school strongly backed in UK


China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - ByANGUS MC­NE­ICE in Lon­don an­gus@mail.chi­nadai­

Ed­u­ca­tion in Novem­ber and could get the green light early next year. Both Manch­ester Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity and Trin­ity High School have agreed Formerto be UK col­lab­o­ra­tive chan­cel­lor part­ners, of the ex­che­querand Rowl­in­son Ge­orge said Os­bor­nethat over­has writ­ten500 a let­ter par­entsof sup­port­have ex­pressed­in­ter­estintheschool.for a new free school in Manch­ester “They that be­lieveMan­dar­in­will com­bine Easter­nis a tool that and will Western­meet the ed­u­ca­tion,needs of the while lo­cala bilin­gual busi­ness English com­mu­nity, and in Man­darin par­tic­u­lar prep-schoolthe abil­ity to is of­fer set trad­ingto open linksin Lon­do­nand com­mu­ni­ca­tion­next year. Both with­China,”schools he are says. re­spond­ing Lastto an week, in­creas­ing­lyOs­borne sent pop­u­lara let­ter be­liefof sup­por­t­a­mong par­entsto Gerry in Ye­ung,the United aManch­ester King­dom en­trepreneurthat an un­der­stand­ing­who sits on of the Man­darin­school’s board.and Chi­ne­seThe for­mer cul­ture chan­cel­lor­will ben­e­fit said theirthe school chil­dren alignedas China’swell with global the in­flu­ence North­ern grows. Pow­er­house The pro­posal, Manch­ester which Ruther­for­daims to boost eco­nomic growth in north­ern Eng­land, partly by strength­en­ing trade and in­vest­men­tS­chool hopes ties to with open Septem­ber Os­borne 2017 was and re­cently serve made 900 chair stu­dentsof the ages North­ern11 to 16. Pow­er­house This week, Part­ner­ship,the school’s a new board govern­ment-backed is sub­mit­ting a bid to bodythe Depart­ment­that will pro­mote­for Ed­u­ca­tion­the po­lit­i­calto reg­is­terand busi­nes­sun­der the in­ter­ests­free schoolof the Greater ini­tia­tive. Manch­esterSuch in­sti­tu­tion­sarea. He are was free sackedto at­ten­das chan­cel­lorand re­ceive by state­new Prime fund­ing, Min­is­ter though There­sathey are May not in con­trolledJuly. by the lo­cal ed­u­ca­tional “As a author­ity.lead­ing pro­po­nent of eco­nomicThe school growth­will ad­herein to our the re­gion reg­u­lar and cur­ricu­lum, par­tic­u­larly thoughthe North­ern Man­darin lessons Pow­er­house­will be com­pul­so­ryand Manch­ester and China East­ern Forum teachingini­tia­tives, meth­ods I will am­keenbe em­ pro­mote pro­grams“It will that be im­provev­ery muched­u­ca­tional fo­cused on stan­dards Chi­nese and lan­guage­pro­vide and young cul­ture peo­ple— a fu­sion­with the of skills East­ern they and need Westernto rep­re­sent ped­a­go­gies, our re­gion­with stron­gon links­the worldto the stage,” Os­borne wrote.

In­ter­est in Man­darin is on the rise in the United King­dom. busi­ness The num­ber com­mu­nity,”of stu­dents Peter tak­ing Rowl­in­son,the Gen­eral project Cer­tifi­cate man­ager of for Se­condary­the free school Ed­u­ca­tion bid, exam said in re­cently. Man­darin “Manch­ester­rose by 10is veryper­cent keen year-on-yearto ex­ploit the in op­por­tu­ni­ties2016, and has in­creasedthat China by will75 per­cent­bring as in a the mar­ket­pla­cepast five years.and as a cul­tural ex­change Eng­land’s op­por­tu­nity,first bilin­gual par­tic­u­larly school since for Pres­i­dent Man­darin Xi’s visit.”and EnglishIf the is bid set pro­gresses,to open next the sum­mer­board willin Lon­ called Kens­ing­tonto an in­ter­viewWade willat the be Depart­menta fee-charg­ing for Ed­u­ca­tion­prep schoolin Novem­ber­for 500 stu­dentsand could ages get 3 theto 13. green light early Hugo nextde Burgh,year. Both di­rec­tor Manch­es­terof the Chi­naMe­dia Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cen­tre Univer­sityat the Univer­sityand Trin­i­tyof West­min­sterHigh School and have co-founder­a­greed to of be Kens­ing­ton col­lab­o­ra­tive Wade, part­ners,said re­centlyand Rowl­in­son­that the school­said that will targe­tover 500 three par­ents­groups of have par­ents. ex­pressedThe small­est in­ter­est groupin the com­prisess­chool. Chi­nese pro­fes­sion­als work­ing in Lon­don who want their chil­dren to re­ceive an English ed­u­ca­tion while main­tain­ing their Man­darin. The largest group will be made up of other in­ter­na­tional “They par­ents. be­lieve Man­darin is a tool “You’llthat will have, meet say, thea Ja­pane­se­needs of guythe lo­cal who’s busi­ness mar­ried com­mu­nity,to a French wife­andthey­workinin par­tic­u­lar the abil­ity fi­nan­cialto of­fer ser­vices­trad­ing linksin Cen­tra­land com­mu­ni­ca­tionLon­don. They with­are very China,” sen­si­tivehe said. to the fact Last that week, China is Os­bor­neso im­por­tant sent toa let­terthe world,”of sup­portDe Burgh to says. Gerry Ye­ung, “Thena Manch­esterthere are Bri­tish en­trepreneur­par­ents who who sits have on the dis­cov­ered school’s how board. im­por­tan­tThe for­mer China chan­cel­loris, who know­said the it’s schoolthe main aligned trad­ing well part­ner­with the North­er­nof 124 coun­tries Pow­er­house­and that pro­posal,— es­pe­cial­ly­which aims af­terto boost­the G20 eco­nomic— growth de­ci­sion-mak­ers,in north­ern opin­ion Eng­land, for­m­erspartly by and strength­en­ing­busi­ness lead­ers trade are and all in­vest­men­tre­al­iz­ing what ties Chi­naw­ith China.does and where China in­vests Eng­land’sis very first im­por­tant bilin­gual­for the school world’sfor Man­darin econ­omy. andIf ‘Lit­tle English Jane’ is canset to learn open Chi­nese,next sum­mer­she’s gotin Lon­don.a head start.”

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