Maple Leaf Education Asia Pacific

Maple Leaf Signs Agreement with the University of South Australia

March 27, 2018 – Maple Leaf Education Asia Pacific Limited (“Maple Leaf”), a company wholly owned by China Maple Leaf Educational Systems Limited, signed an agreement today with the University of South Australia (“UniSA”) to open an English-Mandarin bilingual school on the Mawson Lakes Campus of UniSA in Adelaide, Australia.

Maple Leaf School - University of South Australia (MLS-UniSA), will be the first high school in Adelaide established by a Chinese education group. The School will offer a bilingual English-Mandarin curriculum for senior high school students in grades 10-12. It is expected to open in February 2019 with approximately 60 to 75 students.

China Maple Leaf Educational Systems Limited opened its first school in 1995 and has grown to become the largest operator of international schools in China Maple Leaf established its first bilingual university School at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, Canada in 2016. In September 2017, Maple Leaf opened its second at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's campus in Richmond, Vancouver, Canada. Maple Leaf is the largest operator of international schools certified by the British Columbia Ministry of Education. Maple Leaf Educational Systems and all its high schools are also accredited by AdvancEd, the largest school accreditation agency in the United States of America and in the world.

Dr. Sherman Jen, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Maple Leaf, said: “China Maple Leaf is delighted to be opening its first high school in Australia at the University of South Australia. An increasing number of our students are choosing Australian universities for their higher education. The University of South Australia is an excellent partner for us, as one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. We admire their high educational standards, their internationalism, and their pioneering spirit.”

Nigel Relph, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of The University of South Australia, stated: “The University of South Australia is pleased to welcome Maple Leaf as partners on our campus. Maple Leaf’s network will provide broad opportunities for our Education students for classroom observation, research, practicum experience, and in future international work opportunities for our Bachelor of Education graduates. The Maple Leaf School will provide first-hand experience for the students of UNISA to observe a bilingual school, opening up new opportunities for UNISA to analyze these programs and to be pioneers in the study of bilingual education. We also look forward to the increased profile that Maple Leaf can provide for UNISA in China, raising awareness of our young university in the world’s largest country for international students.”

Maple Leaf Purchased School Facility in Singapore

  • In August 2016, Maple Leaf announced the acquisition of a school premises at 11 Hillside Drive in Singapore for S$68 million. School sites in crowded cities such as Singapore are very rarely on the market, and Maple Leaf was fortunate to be able to acquire the facility.
  • 11 Hillside Drive is a 4,343sqm city school on a 7,568.8sqm site with 99 years remaining on the lease. It is well-located in a central, middle class area, while private schools in Singapore are increasingly being forced into the outer suburbs.
  • Hillside currently has 30 classrooms, a traditional quadrangle, a multi-purpose hall, music rooms, a library and playgrounds. We expect to have capacity of up to 600 students.
  • It is located 450m from Serangoon Stadium and Swimming Complex, and 1km from Kovan MRT.
  • The school is let to another K-12 school operator.
  • The size of the total international school population in Singapore is currently approximately 58,000 students, with total revenues of the sector over S$1.4 billion (US$1.1bn).
  • Maple Leaf will open an Elementary and High school in Singapore at the earliest opportunity, looking to capitalize on the growing PRC population of Singapore, a desire among expatriate parents for bilingual education, and a lack of high quality Putonghua (Mandarin) teaching in SE Asia. We expect to attract students from across SE Asia.

Contact

Maple Leaf Education Asia Pacific
Unit 1302, 13/F, Tai Tung Building
8 Fleming Road, Wanchai
Hong Kong
852-3955 1012