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Partnership

NCIC-Immersion School is a partnership program between International Schools Services (ISS) and Nanshan Chinese International College (NCIC). Joining our expertise, we aim to nurture students to become adept Negotiators, Collaborators, Inquirers and Complex Thinkers through a bi-lingual and bi-cultural learning environment.

International Schools Services

Thank you for your interest in NCIC-Immersion. We at International Schools Services (ISS) are pleased to partner with NCIC to develop a dual language, dual culture school division that would become the model of research-based best practice.

ISS was founded in 1955 to promote global understanding by providing services to international schools and international educators. Over the past six decades, we have helped to start and manage over 100 schools around the world and placed more than 40,000 teachers. In addition, we have developed curriculum, professional development and teaching strategies based on research and best practices, including the English as an Additional Language (EAL) program that will be a central component of NCIC-Immersion.

We currently manage five schools in China: Shekou International School, International School of Dongguan, Dalian American International School, International School of Beihai, and Nansha College Preparatory Academy (NCPA), the latter in partnership with ULink. NCPA is a boarding school, which serves local Chinese students in grades 7-12 by providing them with a world-class education in English and Chinese. NCPA provides extensive professional development for its teachers, because we believe that such an investment in teacher learning is what distinguishes outstanding schools. As Professor Seymour Sarason, who taught at Yale University for many years, often said, “Show me a school where teachers are learning and I’ll show you a school where students are learning.”

NCIC-Immersion will extend the NCPA model to the elementary level. Students who enroll in NCIC-Immersion will be bi-cultural and bi-lingual and become adept Negotiators, Collaborators, Inquirers and Critical Thinkers. As the former headmaster of The Lawrenceville School, a 205-year-old boarding school in the United States, and the parent of two teenage children, I very much resonate with those aims. I have similar aspirations for my former students and own children, because those skills will be essential in the global world in which our children will live and work.

Thank you for your commitment to your children’s and the world’s future.

Warm regards,

Liz Duffy

President, International Schools Services (ISS)

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International Schools Services (ISS) President - Liz Duffy
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Nanshan Chinese International College Director - Mr. Lan

Cooperating and Stepping towards a New Form of Education

Over the years, the fundamental goal of education in China has been to help students gain entry into good colleges or universities. College Entrance Examination had become the driving force behind the purpose of education. Consequently, students work hard to prepare themselves to meet the requirements of the College Entrance Examinations. But what do students need to pass the College Entrance Examinations? They need the ability to answer exam questions accurately since they have to compete against each other. As a result, students are put under extreme pressure to cope with assignments, competitions and test papers. This, not only makes students suffer physically and mentally, but it also destroys their passion for learning for life and lowers their creative energy. This is the kind of education for competition caused by the College Entrance Examination System.

In search of an education that is truly nurturing, we then shall ask ourselves: what are the admissions criteria at the top-ranking universities around the world? What type of students are they looking for?

We found out that they mostly are looking for students with practical skills, independent thinking and creative ideas as well as genuine concerns for the society and a sense of social responsibility. The professors and registrars, whether from Harvard, Princeton or Stanford, believe that only when a student could apply the knowledge acquired in theory to solve real life problems, can his or her true talents be expressed. It appears that the evaluation criteria for these universities entry examination are quite different from the result of our examination papers. Our examinations focus on memory and arithmetic precision, while they pay attention to independent thinking and projects learning which can solve real life problems. If we think about it seriously, we will find out that these two kinds of education are actually like two trains travelling in the opposite directions.

The reality is that, twenty years from now, children will be faced with challenges that are greatly different from the current ones. So, would the “superficial” knowledge they acquired from books or in the classrooms be useful at that moment? The society then will most likely focus on what students are able to know and learn instead of what they have known and learnt before. As a result, if a school education only tests students “mechanically” with little or no understanding focusing solely on achieving high scores through memorization and repetitive exercises, what is the point from that? It is only a fruitless approach indeed.

One of the main goals of school education is supposed to probe into knowledge and teach students to learn how to learn rather than make students cram and parrot. Therefore, we have found out the partners who are best suitable for us from among IB programs and other overseas elite educational groups. They will apply the most advanced research-based methods to student learning as well as support and promote the internationalization of Nanshan Chinese International College with practical actions.

Surely the value of our Chinese education shouldn’t be casted away. We should maintain our traditional advantages, learn our core courses, study language arts well to promote expression and, learn math well to help lay a foundation for further studies. In this way, the Immersion School will become a very successful combination, taking advantage of the most advanced educational concepts and methods, giving students a well-rounded education while maintaining the traditional values of the Chinese culture.

We welcome our partner International Schools Services! We hope that our cooperation will form a path which is most suitable for students in China, leading them towards a new form of education.

深圳南山中英文学校校长 兰金仁

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