GEMS Education expands into China
Dubai, October 19, 2010
UAE-based GEMS Education will expand into China with its flagship greenfield international school – the GEMS World Academy (GWA) - in Tianjin.
The school is being co-developed through a joint venture with Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development.
With an estimated investment of $18 million, the GWA is being developed as a world-class learning facility, on par with the best international schools globally, a statement said.
The academy will deliver the international baccalaureate (IB) programme to 2,000 foreign students from pre-school through to high school levels on opening in 2011.
“China is the world’s most exciting and dynamic economy, and as the country becomes more open and attracts and businesses and professionals from across the world, there is a growing need for quality international education,” said Sunny Varkey, chairman and founder of GEMS Education.
GEMS as a global leader in international education provision has been asked to bring its strengths and expertise to bear, setting up an international school with teaching and facilities that meet the very highest global standards, he said.
“As a UAE company, we are proud to be leading the charge into China’s fast-changing economy, and look forward to furthering business links and opportunities between our two nations,” Varkey added.
Goh Chye Boon, CEO of SSTEC, said: “We are very excited to have GEMS as our partner. With global expertise and valuable experience in teaching the international community worldwide, they are already a provider of choice among the expatriate community in many countries.”
“We are confident that they will deliver their world-class education for our international talents in Tianjin Eco-City.”
The GWA campus is projected to be one of the most sustainable schools in the world, built to meet the Tianjin Eco-City’s target of 100 per cent green buildings. It will achieve at least a silver award based on the Eco-City’s unique Green Building Evaluation Standard (GBES).
The GWA curriculum will also feature a fully integrated education on sustainable development, with students learning first hand through the eco-features of their own school premises.
Goh continued: “GEMS has continuously preached the importance of sustainability – both in terms of the school campus as well as the curriculum.”
“This is very much in line with our mandate, which is to build a sustainable city that can serve as a practical model for the future. Our hope is that GEMS, through the GWA as well as its impressive international network of schools, will help educate the next generation who will eventually shape this future,” he concluded. – TradeArabia News Service