On Monday 11 February 2019 MLS-UniSA welcomed its first students in Grades 10, 11 and 12. In doing so we became the first Maple Leaf School in the Southern Hemisphere!
Located within the Mawson Lakes Campus of the University of South Australia in beautiful Adelaide, we offer the South Australian Certificate of Education and students are also able to study the Maple Leaf Chinese Diploma. Our affiliation with the University is flourishing and we already have engagement with Information Technology, Science and Mathematics faculties. Students have access to well-equipped classrooms and other specialist facilities within the University.
Our multinational staff team come from Australia, Canada, China, and New Zealand and they are well equipped to deliver a global education to a range of international students.
Students all live with Australian residents in a homestay arrangement and this supports the development of their English language skills.
As we near the end of our orientation program students are beginning to engage in their academic courses.
Our official opening will take place in June.
Maple Leaf Education North America, the Canadian subsidiary of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems is pleased to announce the signing of an MOU with Lakehead University, identifying Thunder Bay as the planned site of our newest university school. The signing took place at the CMLES headquarters in Dalian, China, coinciding with the 3rd Maple Leaf International Forum and the opening of the 14th Annual Maple Leaf Recruitment Fair.
This school, scheduled to open in September 2019, will be the first in Ontario and signals a planned expansion throughout Canada.
Our unique university school model gives students the advantage of a small and personalized private high school education along with the independence and advanced academic, cultural and recreational opportunities available through our university partners. Our schools provide a Complete Care model and encourage students personal development through our Global Leaders of Tomorrow program. said Dawn Sutherland, President, Maple Leaf Education North America.
Maple Leaf has a very special relationship with Lakehead University, especially with the Faculty of Education. MLES schools in China host Lakehead University students during their international teaching practicum and each year new teacher graduates are hired to teach at Maple Leaf schools in China. Lakehead University is also the site of the MLES-STEM Teacher Training Program whereby qualifying students graduating from MLES schools in China are selected into a special 5-year program at the university that prepares them to return to China as qualified math and science teachers. Students at the new on-campus high school will join many other Maple Leaf graduates currently studying in Thunder Bay.
Dr. David Barnett, Lakehead Universitys Provost & Vice-President (Academic) commented, Lakehead University is proud to work with Maple Leaf Schools, an organization that will provide opportunities for students from China to live and learn in an exceptional region of Canada, as well as opportunities for Lakehead Education students to complete teaching practicums in a unique classroom setting.
Maple Leafs international schools were recently included in The Knowledge Review as one of the ten top international schools in China. To read this article click here.
The Knowledge Review is an international education magazine for universities, students, teachers and parents offering news, blogs, articles and courses from the best schools and universities. The Knowledge Review provides a broad overview of the vast educational sector. Being one of the top international education and knowledge provider magazines, The Knowledge Review is a platform made to serve as a bridge between students, educators, schools and universities.
Chinese, Canadian, Australian and other international educational leaders attended and spoke at the Maple Leaf Education Forum held in the new Hilton Dalian Golden Pebble Beach Resort on November 16-17, 2018. The Forum provided a meaningful opportunity for international education colleagues to meet, exchange ideas and develop further cooperation.
Participants included 12 university presidents, 36 university representatives and more than 300 international educators from China, Canada, Australia and other countries, as well as government education officials, including Professor Wang Benzhong, member of the China National Education Advisory Committee. More than 20 media firms attended and reported on the Forum.
See this link for a Comprehensive Forum Report.
The Maple Leaf family of schools continues to grow. As of November 2018, it includes 91 schools: 27 pre-schools, 24 elementary, 23 middle and 14 high schools in 20 cities across China and two cities in Canada. Maple Leaf currently employs more than 400 BC-certified, 180 international ESL and 2,000 Chinese-certified teachers.
Maple Leaf high schools graduated more than 2,100 grade 12 students in June 2018, raising the total number of its high school graduates (since the first graduates in 1999) to more than 14,000. These Maple Leaf alumni have or are attending more than 600 universities in more than 30 countries around the world.
Since its conception in 1995 with one school enrolling 14 students, Maple Leaf has grown to become BCs and Canadas largest offshore school system, as well as Chinas largest private and international school system.
The 14th annual MLES International Education Fair was held successfully from Nov. 17 to Nov. 27, 2018. This year, 84 universities and colleges from 8 countries and regions participated in the roadshow held on Maple Leaf campuses in Dalian, Tianjin, Chongqing, Wuhan, Luoyang, Zhenjiang and Shanghai, including 22 of the MLES Global Top 100 Universities. As one of the best sources of quality students for higher education institutions overseas, exclusively for Maple Leaf students and parents, this years fair drew a total of over 15,000 participants.
About 69 percent of Maple Leafs 2,146 grade 12 graduates of 2018 received offers from the MLES Global Top 100 Universities.
For example, the following indicate the number of admission letters/offers Maple Leaf graduates received from:
Maple Leaf Educational System was the proud recipient of the Canada- China Business Council Education Excellence Award, at the latter’s 40th Anniversary Business Awards Ceremony on October 9, 2018. Howard Balloch, Vice Chairman of Maple Leaf Educational Systems, accepted the award on behalf of the company.
At the CCBC awards ceremony, MLES was praised for its successful growth since its establishment in 1995, with the President of CCBC specifically recognizing Maple Leaf's high-quality international education system which blends the best of Eastern and Western educational practices. Over the last twenty years, MLES graduates have attended 672 colleges and universities in 30 countries and regions around the world, with more than 50% of MLES graduates being admitted to the top 100 universities in the world, including Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Cambridge, Imperial College, University College London, University of Toronto, McGill University, Australian National University, National University of Singapore and University of Hong Kong. Among the 2018 MLES graduates, 99 students were accepted by the top ten universities in the world.
The CCBC is an advocate, coordinator and promoter of bilateral business and investment between Canada and China. It is committed to providing business information between Canada and China and building bridges for business exchanges and communication between the two countries. As the most important civic economic and trade exchange ties between Canada and China, the CCBC has been regularly selected as a partner of large-scale economic and business or foreign exchange visits between the two governments since its establishment in 1978.
Friday, September 7th, 2018 marked a memorable day for Royal Roads University with celebrations to open the new Sherman Jen Building. Dr. Sherman Jen, founder and chairperson of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems was present at the ceremony where he gave a speech to the attendees. “My advice for all students is to study hard, to take your education seriously. Set your direction, keep your goals in mind and strive to achieve them.” Pictured here are Dr. Sherman Jen with his wife, Amy Yan and the president of Royal Roads University, Dr. Allan Cahoon.
Read the article on Royal Roads University website.
Read the article in the Victoria Times Colonist.
Canadas Ambassador to China, The Honourable John McCallum, visited Maple Leafs high school and head office in Dalian on July 27, 2018. He was accompanied by his wife, and the First Secretary and Trade Commissioner (Education), and the Assistant Trade Commissioner.
In his follow-up letter to Dr. Sherman Jen, the Ambassador complimented Dr. Jen and Maple Leaf schools, stating: The tour of Maple Leaf headquarters and flagship school impressed upon me the strength of your schools foundations, and your vision as an educator…. The remarkable growth of Maple Leaf in recent years is a signal that you have a successful formula, and I congratulate you for it.
Read the Ambassadors complete letter here.
On June 19, 2018 Royal Roads University and Maple Leaf Educational Systems received the Award for Outstanding Program in International Education from the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE). The awarded program was the RRU Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management which was developed in a unique bilingual English/Mandarin blended delivery format. For the full article visit English-Mandarin MA in Educational Leadership & Management.
The following includes excerpts from the News Release regarding this event:
On May 24, 2018, Kelli Kramer, a Canadian teacher at Maple Leaf International School - Dalian, received the Person of the Year for International Teachers in China Award during an event organized by the China State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs.
Kelli is not only the first Maple Leaf teacher to win this distinguished award, but she is also the first K-12 international teacher in China to receive it, as the other recipients have all been university instructors.
Ms. Kelli Kramer is a model teacher and leader. She is one of over 400 teachers in China employed by Maple Leaf Educational Systems, who provide instruction and guidance to prepare their students for a successful future in an international world. Kelli has also communicated a strong and positive message to surrounding communities. She has done so by involving teachers and students in multiple charity fund-raising events, to connect communities inside and outside the school. Through her thoughtfulness and kindness, Kelli has promoted public welfare in China and made great contributions to her second home. Several less-privileged communities have been impacted by her compassion and generosity.
Join us in congratulating Kelli for her tireless and selfless contributions and gracious example.
We wish to sincerely thank Mr. Bob Gardner who has served for the past two years as Maple Leafs Superintendent of BC Programs for Schools in China. Bob will be returning for Canada this summer. Bob has served in this capacity with professional expertise, cultural awareness and effective leadership. He will be missed, and we express our deep appreciation to him for his dedicated service and wish him the very best as he returns to Canada.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Peter Froese as our new Superintendent of BC Programs for China Schools. He will commence this new role in August.
Peter is a provincially recognized educator and administrator who has provided leadership in the public, independent, and post-secondary sectors in British Columbia. He completed his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy at UBC in 2010 and is a contributing author of a book entitled, What Every Teacher Needs to Know: Topics of Inclusion, published by Wipf and Stock, 2017.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg, a Teacher Certification diploma from UBC, a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Victoria and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from UBC.
His experience in education includes 20 years in the public sector with the Richmond and Abbotsford School Districts, as well as four years as teacher and administrator with the Department of National Defense in Lahr, Germany. He was recruited to become Superintendent of MEI Schools in Abbotsford, where an elementary and middle school were established under his leadership.
For the last eight years, he has been the Executive Director of the Federation of Independent Schools (FISA) in British Columbia, advocating on behalf of 310 independent schools and 83,000 students.
His professional involvements include:
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 Chairman and CEO, Dr. Sherman Jen, and Executive Director and Superintendent of Global Education, James Beeke, met with AdvancED President and CEO, Dr. Mark Elgart; Chief of Global Operations, Dr. Annette Bowling; Vice President of Certification Services, Dr. Claudia Carter; Vice President of Middle East, Asia and Australia, Dr. Kem Hussain; and other AdvancED leadership staff.
The meeting was held at AdvancED Global Headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, on February 27, 2018. In addition to touring AdvancEDs Headquarters and meeting key leaders, meaningful discussions were held regarding Maple Leafs continuous improvement progress and future possibilities of expanded ways of working together under Maple Leafs recently-acquired AdvancED Systems Accreditation. The leadership teams from both AdvancED and Maple Leaf officially commemorated Maple Leafs System Accreditation with Dr. Elgart presenting Dr. Jen AdvancED's System Accreditation Certificate.
AdvancED Systems Accreditation will enable Maple Leaf to advertise that the new high schools it opens anywhere in the world are accredited by AdvancED, the largest and highly respected school accrediting agency in the USA and around the world.
A formal signing ceremony was held on Monday, November 20, 2017 at the Maple Leaf Education Systems Head Office in Dalian, China, for signing a Maple Leaf Future Math and Science Teachers Training Agreement between the University of South Australia and Maple Leaf Education Systems.
Twenty Maple Leaf high school graduates will be selected per year to attend the University of South Australia, in Adelaide, Australia. Upon completion of an undergraduate degree in Math and/or Science and the Universitys teacher education program, and obtaining BC teacher certification, these teacher education grads will be employed by Maple Leaf as high school Math and Science teachers.
Maple Leaf has also entered into similar future teacher training agreements with TRU and KPU in Kamloops and Richmond, BC.
Maple Leaf Educational Systems Board members are all smiles at their November Board meeting in Hong Kong as they celebrate Maple Leaf Corporate Systems Accreditation from AdvancED. Governing Board members are left to right: Peter Owen, Howard Balloch, Dr. Sherman Jen, James Beeke, Dr. Xiaodan Mei, and Jingxia Zhang (missing is Arthur Wong)
Dr. Sherman Jen, Chair and CEO, is holding the plaque from AdvancED, which reads:
This is to certify that
CHINA MAPLE LEAF EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS
has met the criteria for educational quality
established by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission
and is hereby presented this
CERTIFICATE OF ACCREDITATION by the
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA) Commission
on Accreditation and School Improvement
Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWAC) Commission
on Accreditation and School Improvement
Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS) Commission
on Accreditation and School Improvement
Valid Through June 30, 2022
China Maple Leaf Educational Systems successfully completed an on-site accreditation review for AdvancED Systems Accreditation on May 22-24, 2017 at its Head Offices in Dalian, China. The AdvancED team recommended to its Accreditation Commission that CMLES be granted AdvancED Systems Accreditation status for a term of five years. AdvancED Systems Accreditation will greatly support any new high school programs to be opened by Maple Leaf in China and around the world with a status of accreditation.
AdvancED is USA based and is the largest education accrediting body in the world, accrediting more than 32,000 schools involving more than 20 million students in many countries.
Maple Leafs Superintendent of Global Education, James Beeke, noted “AdvancEDs Systems Accreditation will enable Maple Leaf to advertise that the new high schools it opens are accredited by AdvancED, a highly respected school accrediting agency in the USA and around the world. Maple Leaf sincerely appreciated the professionalism and experience of the AdvancED inspection team members and the quality of discussions that were held. In addition to the many complimentary observations noted by the AdvancED review team, the process focuses on continuous improvement. This is a real value of Maple Leaf engaging in the AdvancED accreditation process. The process identifies strengths as well as areas to strengthen to make Maple Leaf Educational Systems and its schools even stronger. These areas will be addressed as priorities in our next years Systems Improvement Plans.”
Chairman and Founder of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems, Dr. Sherman Jen, made a private five million dollar donation to Thompson Rivers University at an event held in the Brown Family House of Learning at Thompson Rivers University. This donation is the universitys largest individual private donation ever and will be allocated to scholarships, research and teaching facilities.
For more information on how the donation will be used please visit Thompson Rivers Universitys website
Maple Leaf Education North America, the Canadian subsidiary of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems proudly celebrates the official opening of Maple Leaf School – KPU. This newest school in the Maple Leaf family is located in Richmond, British Columbia on the campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and marks a unique collaboration between Maple Leaf and KPU.
“We are delighted to open our newest Maple Leaf School on the campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University in the heart of Richmond, one of the most dynamic and ethnically diverse locations in the beautiful Greater Vancouver Region. KPU has many great programs and academic opportunities to offer our students, and we are excited to be part of this expanding campus.” said Dawn Sutherland, President, Maple Leaf Education North America.
“We are proud to have entered into this partnership with Maple Leaf Education North America,” said KPU President Dr. Alan Davis, “and we are excited to welcome their students to KPU Richmond. This three-year pilot project to locate Maple Leaf School - KPU on our campus will have tremendous benefits for KPU, Maple Leaf and for the wider community. Maple Leafs belief in providing a rich cultural experience as a component of education is also not unlike KPUs own philosophy, which we embrace as part of our international education programming. And Maple Leaf Education North Americas reputation for delivering high-quality education makes them an exceptional partner for KPU.”
This school is the second Maple Leaf School to open in Canada and will operate as a Group 4 BC Independent School leasing space and services from the university. MLS-KPU principal, Brad Helgason, and the teaching team have many years of experience working with Maple Leaf schools in China and are well qualified to bring the Maple Leaf model of education to this community. The school program blends the best of Chinese and Canadian educational practice.
Dr. Sherman Jen, Chairman and Founder of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems explains the importance of this educational model, “For Chinese international students the benefit of our model is that it provides them with the opportunity to complete the BC high school program in English immersed in an English environment while at the same time they can retain their culture and strong Mandarin language development. For Canadian students and international students from other cultures it provides them the opportunity to learn a language spoken by nearly 20% of the worlds people. Through shared language, English or Mandarin we grow to better understand each other.”
The students and their parents are attracted to KPU for its strong commitment to international education and the dynamic mix of career related academic programs it offers. Students and teachers have been warmly welcomed on campus as they begin their adventure in this new school together.
On September 20, 2017, Dr. Sherman Jen attended the annual award ceremony of Maple Leaf Huaian School.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Dr. Jen stated that the significant achievements of Huaian campus were grounded on the hard work of every staff member, and that they all deserve sincere congratulations.
In his speech, Dr. Jen pointed to the tremendous progress Maple Leaf has made both domestically and internationally, including its further acceleration this year. He noted that, as of September 2017, Maple Leaf is present in 20 cities worldwide, with 74 schools enrolling over 28,000 students students.
In addition, he noted that Maple Leafs global Chinese and English courses have been successfully developed, and Maple Leafs language standards are now established. Dr. Jen concluded with the observation that Maple Leaf is in a healthy position, and its future is bright.
We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Jacalyn (Jackie) Kersey as Maple Leafs Deputy Superintendent of Schools: BC Programs, commencing August 15, 2017.
Mrs. Kersey brings a wealth of previous experience to the position, including: Bachelor of General Studies from Simon Fraser University, Professional Development Program in Education at Simon Fraser University, and a Master of Education in Administration and Leadership from the University of Alberta.
In early June, the 7 high schools of Maple Leaf Educational Systems with grade 12 classes held their graduation ceremonies. Maple Leaf Educations Founder & Board Chair, Dr. Sherman Jen, and other leaders of Maple Leaf personally visited the schools to attend their graduation ceremonies. They were joined at these memorable events by local government officials, teachers and parents of the graduates. The ceremonies drew significant media attention. China Youth Net, a national level media outlet, conducted a special interview with Dr. Sherman Jen and reported on the graduation ceremony of Maple Leaf Dalian.
The 19th cohort of Maple Leaf International Schools grade 12 graduates totaled 1,807. As of June 1, 2017, Maple Leaf graduates had received 5,463 offers from western and Chinese post-secondary education institutions. In addition, graduates had received scholarship offers equivalent to almost 6 million RMB. The graduates rate of acceptance into the Top 100 Ranking Institutions for Maple Leaf Students exceeded 50%. Among these, 46 graduates received offers from some of the worlds top 10 institutions, including Imperial College of Technology, UK, and University College of London. Some graduates were also accepted by renowned universities in China, including Tsinghua University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Shanghai Jiaotong University. Maple Leaf International High Schools have now graduated nearly 12,000 grade 12 students in the past 19 years. These graduates have been enrolled in over 600 universities and higher education institutions in more 30 countries.
Maple Leaf has once again demonstrated how it is successfully meeting its mission of blending the best of East and West in education, and opening a world of opportunity for its graduates!
China Maple Leaf Educational Systems Limited today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of South Australia to explore opening an English-Chinese (Mandarin) bilingual school in collaboration with the University of South Australia, within the Universitys Magill campus Education precinct.
The School will be the first high school in Adelaide established by a Chinese education group and will offer a bilingual English-Chinese curriculum for senior high school students in grades 10-12 and be accredited as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.
Chairman and Chief Executive of Maple Leaf, Dr Sherman Jen, says China Maple Leaf is delighted to be opening its first high school in Australia at the University of South Australia.
“Maple Leaf schools will graduate more than 1,500 students in June 2017 and over 2,500 in June 2018,” Dr Jen says.
“An increasing number of our students are choosing Australian universities for their higher education and being one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old, the University of South Australia is an excellent partner for us.
“We admire their high educational standards, their internationalism, and their pioneering spirit.”
University of South Australia Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says UniSA is pleased to welcome China Maple Leaf Educational Systems as partners in the Magill Education precinct.
“Maple Leafs network of more than 60 schools will provide broad opportunities for our Education students such as classroom observation, research, practicum experience, and in future international work opportunities for our Bachelor of Education graduates,” Professor Lloyd said.
“This Maple Leaf School will provide first-hand experience for the students of UniSA to observe a bilingual school, opening up new opportunities to analyse these programs and to be pioneers in the study of bilingual education.
“We look forward to more applications to study at UniSA from among Maple Leafs students and to an increased profile for UniSA in China, raising awareness of our young university in the worlds largest country for international 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, with over 26,000 students in 15 cities in China.
The School is expected to open in 2018 with 75 students.
On the eve of the 12th Annual MLES Recruitment Fair on November 18, 2016, in Dalian, China, Maple Leaf Educational Systems and Maple Leaf Education North America signed a significant MOU with Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond, BC.
Our special guests from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Dr. Alan Davis, President, Mr. Stuart McIlmoyle, Associate Vice President International, along with Ms. Ann Yuan and Ms. Isabel Chan travelled from Canada to sign this very significant memorandum of understanding and to visit Maple Leaf schools for the first time.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, or KPU, has a history not unlike the history of Maple Leaf. It started as a small college in one location in and has grown throughout the BC lower mainland becoming one of the larger universities in Canada measured by student population and by the number and size of its campuses. Like Maple Leaf, KPU is a success story.
In September of this year Maple Leaf Education North America opened the first Maple Leaf school outside of China, Maple Leaf School – TRU on the campus of Thompson Rivers University located in central BC. This not only established our first global presence, but also established our model of a university preparatory high school located on a university campus. We believe this to be a winning educational model for our students and for the university.
With the announcement of this first school MLENA also indicated our intent to open additional schools in coming years and KPU was quick to respond to this opportunity. The signing of this MOU establishes our plan enter into detailed negotiations, aiming to open MLS-KPU, in September 2017, located on the Richmond Campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campus.
With this school opening we will have two options for our highly motivated university oriented students, one in a smaller, rural location and one in a large metropolitan city, both on exceptional university campuses that offer our students access to a very unique educational experience.
On September 29th Maple Leaf Education North America, the Canadian subsidiary of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems proudly celebrated the official opening of its first Canadian high school, Maple Leaf School – TRU. The school is located in Kamloops, British Columbia on the campus of Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and marks a unique collaboration between Maple Leaf and its longtime partner TRU.
“This is a very proud moment for Maple Leaf as we come full circle and open our first school in Canada, in Kamloops and with TRU, one of our very earliest university partners,” said Dawn Sutherland, President, Maple Leaf Education North America.
“This collaboration is an example of Maple Leafs and TRUs visionary approach to global education. It will build relationships between the people of China and Canada,” said Alan Shaver, TRU President and Vice-Chancellor.
The school will operate as a Group 4 BC Independent School leasing space and services from the university. MLS-TRU principal, Blake Defieux, and the teaching team have all previously worked at Maple Leaf schools in China and are well qualified to introduce the Maple Leaf model of education in Canada. The school program blends the best of Chinese and Canadian educational practice as students complete requirements towards both BC and Chinese high school diplomas.
Dr. Sherman Jen, Chairman and Founder of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems explains the importance of this educational model, “There are more than one million Chinese families in Canada and Maple Leafs blended program will provide them with opportunities to learn their native language and culture along with the BC program, and to develop their skills and abilities to enhance future collaboration between Canada and China in education, culture, business and many other areas.”
The students and their parents are attracted by TRUs university village concept and the strong commitment to internationalization evident on the campus. Students and teachers have been warmly welcomed on campus and in the Kamloops community.
“This unique partnership is strengthening the educational bonds between China and British Columbia. The value of international education goes well beyond the more than $300 million that international students contribute to British Columbias economy. The true value of this partnership lies in the cultural connections students make with one another and the exposure to new places, new friends and new ideas,” said Mike Bernier, Minister of Education.
With pleasure we announce that Ms. Guijie Fan has been appointed to serve as a Vice President and as Chief Legal Officer for China Maple Leaf Educational Systems. Ms. Fan graduated from Harbin University of Science and Technology in 1989. She served with both the Beijing Angdao and Beijing Yinke Law Firms before joining Maple Leaf in June 2014. From 2011 to 2014 she provided legal advise to Maple Leaf as a contracted legal advisor.
Since working at CMLES, Ms. Fan has established and directed Maple Leafs Legal Affairs Department. In her new role, Ms. Fan will establish and ensure law-based governance structures and operations, intellectual rights (copyright) protection, and direct CMLESs Human Resources Department.
We wish Ms. Fan every success in her new responsibilities.
We are pleased to announce Mr. Beekes appointment to a new role as Maple Leafs Superintendent of Global Education. He served the previous two years as Superintendent of BC Programs in China. Mr. Beeke will oversee educational programs, standards and leadership in new Maple Leaf schools in Canada and other countries.
Mr. Beeke will also continue to serve as:
Mr. Beekes previous experience includes:
Maple Leaf plans to open its first school in Canada this Fall on Thompson Rivers University (TRU) campus in Kamloops, BC.
TRUs News Release is posted below:
Kamloops, BC—Maple Leaf Education North America (MLENA), the Canadian subsidiary of China Maple Leaf Educational Systems (CMLES), announced plans to open its first Canadian high school in September 2016 in cooperation with TRU, Kamloops.
In a Memorandum of Understanding, signed today, MLENA and TRU confirmed plans allowing the school to start in a designated area on campus with the intent to move to a purpose-built school facility via the university trust in the near future.
“This is a landmark day for TRU as we continue to develop innovative approaches to internationalization,” said TRU President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Shaver. “We have a long-standing relationship with our partners and this is another opportunity for us to create more learning options for students and collaborative research projects for our faculties.”
The first students in the new school will be selected from existing Maple Leaf schools in China, which as part of the BC Global Education Program Offshore Schools, have been delivering the BC curriculum in China for over 20 years. CMLES currently operates eight BC certified high schools throughout China, enrolling more than 7,500 BC registered students. The students selected to come to Maple Leaf School-TRU will come to Kamloops to continue their BC high school program in Kamloops.
“We are very excited to be taking this first step together with our long-term partners at TRU,” said Dawn Sutherland, President, MLENA, “TRUs university village concept is a strong attraction to our students and their parents.” In addition to the BC curriculum, MLES students in China take courses from the Chinese high school curriculum and graduate with two diplomas, one from BC and one from the Chinese provincial education authority. Maple Leaf Schools in Canada will continue this tradition, offering the required Chinese courses within the program offered in Canada. Associate Vice President, International and Chief Executive Officer, TRU World Global Operations Baihua Chadwick said, “This innovative, one-of-a-kind cooperation project will not only benefit TRUs students and faculty, it will benefit the Kamloops community as a whole. This bilingual and bi-curriculum school can potentially attract professionals and families from other parts of Canada if they wish for their children to receive a dual credential accredited by both the Chinese Ministry of Education and the BC Ministry of Education.”
James Beeke, Maple Leafs Superintendent of Schools: BC Programs, stated, “This is an exciting first step for the 60 students enrolled, their parents, Maple Leaf, TRU, BC, Canada and China. It is a win-win for all involved. Maple Leaf plans to open more schools across Canada in the future and in other countries as well. Maple Leafs plans include becoming the largest high school in the world with high schools in several different countries around the world.”
A joint venture agreement for Maple Leaf International School – Yancheng was officially confirmed by the Yancheng government: Yandu District and Maple Leaf on July 12, 2016. China Maple Leaf Educational Systems founder, chairman and CEO, Dr. Sherman Jen, and Party Vice Secretary and Governor of Yandu District, Yancheng, Wu Benhui, signed on behalf of the agreeing parties.
Several government and education bureau officials were present at the signing ceremony, as well as media representatives. Dr. Sherman Jen announced in his speech that Maple Leaf will launch a new pre-school, elementary school and middle school in Yancheng: Yandu District in 2017. Wu Benhui explained in his speech how a Maple Leaf school in Yancheng is an honor to Yancheng and how it will foster educational reform and public-private partnerships with the private operation of schools within government owned school facilities. Yancheng Education Bureaus Party Secretary and Director, Yin Yong, expressed his hope and belief that a Maple Leaf School in Yancheng would become a top school in Jiangsu Province and promote educational quality and exciting opportunities for students.
This “government-constructed and Maple Leaf-operated school” is scheduled to open on September 1, 2017.
Maple Leafs high schools successfully completed the required internal self-assessment work and stakeholder surveys this school year, and have passed their on-site inspections by AdvancEd teams in May and June 2016. All seven Maple Leaf high schools undertaking this process were successful and all were recommended by the on-site inspection teams for full AdvancEd accreditation.
AdvancEd is USA based and is the largest school accrediting body in the world, accrediting more than 32,000 schools involving more than 20 million students in many countries.
Superintendent of Schools: BC Programs, James Beeke, stated “Once granted by its Board, AdvancEd will add USA/international accreditation to the BC, Canada certification that Maple Leaf high schools already hold. In addition to the many complimentary observations noted by the AdvancEd inspection teams, the process focuses on continuous improvement. It identifies strengths as well as areas to strengthen to make a good school even better. These areas will be addressed as priorities in the next two years in Maple Leaf Schools goals and professional development plans.”
A new annual tradition has been established by the Maple Leaf family of schools. Teachers vote for teachers at their respective schools who most clearly reveal the following criteria:
Teachers voted in receive a Superintendents Award for Teaching Excellence. Up to one such award is issued for every 500 students in a school.
The following BC-certified teachers received Teaching Excellence Awards in June 2016: