On September 25th, the ISA International Education Group (ISAIEG) successfully held a welcome event introducing ISA’s approach to education and members of its executive team. The audience comprised members of consulates, chambers of commerce, senior managers of international companies, parent representatives, strategic partners, international education peers, and guests from other industries and media organizations who have contributed valuable suggestions and opinions towards ISA future directions.
It was announced that ISA Science City will open in August 2020 with a total construction area of 78,000 square metres and a total investment of more than USD 100 million. With the support of an excellent management and teaching team, curriculum, campus, and arts and sports facilities, ISA Science City will provide an opportunity for students in the Greater Bay Area to attend a world class international school. It is noteworthy that ISA Science City will be the only school in southern China built on land owned by the governing body. ISA Science City will be a prestigious school in China.
The ISA International Education Group is committed to providing students, parents and teachers from different countries with the opportunity for all community members to learn and live in an environment where cultures and histories of different countries meet. ISAIEG aims to build a world class learning community dedicated to the cultural exchange between China and the West to express the ISA approach of “holistic growth, lifelong learning, and to cultivate world citizens with global competitiveness” involving families around the world.
David Edwards, Head of School at Science City, explained that the school will feature the International Baccalaureate (IB), the learning of Chinese language and culture, a Compassionate Systems wellbeing programme and a rich cocurriculum. This will provide an exemplary international education for students, their families and teachers in the Greater Bay Area and southern China.
The school facilities have been designed by CPG, a leading architectural firm in Singapore with architects graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Their goal is to build first-class facilities for implementing curricular and cocurricular programmes.
ISA will build a healthy and pollution-free, green K-12 campus at Science City, attaining certification standards of environmental protection set by LEED. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED aims to reduce the negative impact on the environment and residents.
Founded in 2015, ISA Zhujiang New Town was the first school under ISAIEG. Michael Urquhart, Head of School, ISA Zhujiang New Town stated “with students from approximately 30 countries and regions, ISA Zhujiang New Town will continue to provide a quality international educational service to families and their children. We will fully mobilize community resources, take advantage of our favourable geographical location in downtown Guangzhou and the Redtory cultural site, to provide a stimulating, inquiry-based ISA education.”
World Class Education Team joins ISA Leadership Team
In the past five years, ISAIEG has attracted leading figures from around the world who are experienced in international education and with an understanding of different cultures. Mark Beach, Vice President of Education for ISAIEG, introduced key ISA personnel who represent a wealth of educational and leadership experiences and who will play a significant role in ensuring ISAIEG’s success.
在过去的五年中，爱莎国际教育集团及爱莎学校陆续从世界各地吸纳了一大批具有丰富国际教育经验及深厚文化底蕴的教育界领军人物。在此次会议中，爱莎国际教育集团副总裁 Mark Beach毕马克先生重磅推出全球顶级教育精英管理团队，引领爱莎国际教育集团达至世界顶尖水平。
Mr. Mark Beach is a well-respected educational leader who has a very deep understanding of the IB curriculum. Prior to joining ISA, Mark was the founding principal of ESF (English Schools Foundation) Discovery College in Hong Kong, where students achieved some of the very highest IB Diploma scores in Asia. David Edwards and Michael Urquhart, Heads of School for Science City Campus and Head of School of Zhujiang New Town Campus respectively, will offer students an outstanding curriculum that will ensure further success to ISA.
Mark Beach毕马克先生精通国际先进水平的IB教育理念，是IB教育的领军人物。曾任亚洲顶级IB 学校香港ESF（英国学校基金会）智新书院的创始校长，带领学生多年取得亚洲最优成绩！经验丰富的爱莎科学城校区校长David以及爱莎珠江新城校区校长Michael必将为学生提供最优课程，创造学校新辉煌。
In addition, Stephen Lai, another member of the ISA team, brings a rich background of managing the development of advanced and modern schools in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. Gary Butner comes with experience of independent school development in Australia along with private school leadership in China, both of which will benefit the development of the world class ISA schools. Craig Boyce, with decades of school leadership experience in Hong Kong and Beijing, leads the development of ISA’s curriculum and wellbeing systems, and will provide strong support for the curriculums with his Chinese and Western expertise. Greg Zhang will make full use of his extensive experience in education in China to integrate China’s strong discipline-based approach to mathematics and Chinese within international curriculum. Stanley Wong, who has experience in some of the leading international schools in Southeast Asia, will provide support for the standardised management and international operations of ISA schools.
In the future, under the leadership of numerous educational specialists, the ISA International Education Group will further expand into the field of education, implement a global strategic plan intended to develop more culturally respectful, internationally-minded young people and continue to make positive contributions to the development of international education.