British Educational Rush to China
ELITE British schools are setting up in China to feed a growing appetite for public school education as expectations grow that a ban on foreigners and Chinese studying together will be lifted. A Chinese journalist is interviewing the master of Dulwich College regarding their recent set up in Shanghai.
E: Sure. The Shanghai campus already has a kindergarten for 60 international children. But under Chinese law, children are not allowed to attend foreign-run schools before the age of 16. So Dulwich will not be able to tap directly into the Chinese market under that age, but will be able to recruit sixth-formers. º
E: Another international Dulwich College opened in Thailand seven years ago. It is a successful school with an Olympic-size swimming pool and a mountain-bike track. Dulwich hopes the Shanghai experiment will mirror its success. º
E: The school is not simply trying to make money. Its main motivation is idealistic. Any money made will be ploughed into scholarships for deprived children. We want to spread the Dulwich ideals of respect, tolerance and enthusiasm around the world. º
E: The idea is that it should match, as closely as possible, Dulwich College in south London. By next year we shall have five Dulwich people on the staff, and other teachers are from America and Australia. It will teach the British national curriculum. Sixth-formers will take the International Baccalaureate rather than A-levels. It is all very exciting. º
E: Dulwich certainly hopes that one day, in the not too distant future, the Chinese government will relax the law and allow younger children to be educated in the company of their foreign contemporaries. Things are beginning to move. China wants to maintain standards, yet at the same time become much closer to the West. º