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  • Public vs. Private Schools in China: an Educational Revolution in a Rapidly-Changing Society

     Public vs. Private Schools in China:

    the Educational Revolution in a Rapidly-Changing Society

    Thursday, May 1st

     12:30 to 1:30pm 

     Bannan 102


    No country in the world has changed more in the last thirty years than China. One of the biggest changes is the massive expansion of educational opportunities. Yet only since 2003 have private schools played a major role in China’s changing educational landscape. How has Chinese private education been rebuilt? What are the significant challenges facing private education? What are its advantages and disadvantages compared to public education?

    Answering these questions will be Mr. Zixiong Ma, the Chairman of the Jinqiao Education Group. He has worked in primary, secondary, and tertiary education in China since 1977. In 2000 he started an experimental, bilingual private school in the city of Wuxi, outside of Shanghai. This experimental school has since expanded to become one of the top-performing and most sought-after schools in its region. Mr. Ma has pioneered partnerships between government and business to build up the Jinqiao group of private schools.

    The lecture will be delivered in Mandarin, with English translation.

    Sponsored by Matteo Ricci College. For more information, contact the Poverty Education Center.


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