Chinese School Dubai will open in Mirdif in September 2020. The school will offer the prestigious Hangzhou Number 2 High School Curriculum. Although clearly aimed at the growing number of Chinese students in Dubai, the school will also be open to other nationalities.
The school is the first overseas Chinese school to get financial support from the Chinese government. Its teachers are directly recruited by the Hangzhou Education Bureau. The senior leadership team from China will be joined by 37 new teachers from both Hangzhou and Dubai.
The school will be mainly focused on serving the Chinese community in the emirate, creating an additional 2,000 places in the private education sector once it is fully operational, but CSD will also offer places to students of other nationalities. It expects to open with approximately 200 students in September 2020. There are around 250,000 Chinese in Dubai at the current time, with a particular focus on, and involvement in, Expo. There continues to be considerable interest from Chinese companies to come to the UAE..
His Excellency Li Xuhang, Consul General, announcing the opening of the school, said:
"The establishment of the first Chinese national school is a win-win project undertaken by China and the UAE, which aims to promote bilateral relations and cultural exchanges. Not only does it meet the increasing demand from the existing diversified communities in Dubai, but it will also attract talent from China and other regions to study, work and live in Dubai."
The Hangzhou Number 2 curriculum model has been developed over the past 120 years and focuses on high-level learning, innovation and helping pupils develop an international vision. The original school in the Chinese province of Zhejiang was founded in 1899 by American Christian missionary W. S. Sweet and has gained a prestigious reputation.
The original school was listed as one of the Key Middle Schools of Zhejiang Province in 1978 and was appointed as a First-Class Key Middle School in 1995 by the Zhejiang Education Committee. It was also the first school to be officially recognized as a First-tier Model School of Zhejiang Province. The school serves as one of three permanent venues of Harvard Summit for Young Leaders in China and has twinning relationships with school in ten countries including Providence Day School, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, Morley Senior High School, Norland, Western Australia, and the Einhard Gymnasium, Aachen, Gernany.
In the ranking of China’s high schools ranked by the China Research Center in Washington, USA in 2013, the school ranked fifth.
Founding Principal of Chinese School Dubai, who joins the Dubai school from the "home" school in Zhejiang, Yin Liping,said: "Chinese School Dubai will inherit the tradition and advanced education concept of Hangzhou No. 2 High School, providing the children of overseas Chinese in Dubai with basic Chinese education of high-quality."
In terms of its Vision, the school adheres to the principle of 'all for students' and strives to cultivate future qualified citizens with Chinese hearts, international vision and humanistic accomplishments.
Apart from an enriched Chinese national curriculum, students will be offered Arabic as second language, Islamic studies, moral education and UAE studies based on the UAE national curriculum.
Initiatives at the school in Zhejiang which might provide a sense of the direction of the Dubai school include the establishment of the Olympic College and the Future Science and Innovation College and a focus on special scientific management, and strong resource guarantees, aimed at guiding students to develop high-level Learning, forming a deep academic foundation, excellent core literacy, and a strong sense of innovation.
There is no doubt that Chinese School Dubai will have a strong academic focus in line with the original school, where the number of admissions to Tsinghua University in Peking University has remained at around 10% annually.
Students joining Fudan Jiaotong University are around 15%, Zhejiang University at around 30%, and 985 college admission rates above 80% annually. Dozens of graduates are admitted to world-renowned universities such as Harvard University, MIT, Oxford University, and Cambridge University every year.
The school's facilities are described as "state of the art". The campus is expected to be of an extremely high specification with impressive use of technology. For example, to maintain social distancing class groups will be split between two physical rooms - 1 group of students with the teacher whilst the second group will have live streamed/live interaction/live feedback of the same lesson in a second room.
There is no doubt that the opening and development of the Chinese School Dubai will be watched with considerable interest.
Fees will range from AED 25,000 to AED 28,000 for KG to Grade 6. These fees are seriously subsidised by the Chinese Government on a non-profit basis and fall into the very affordable range.
Further information will be provided, and this review updated, as it becomes available.
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