March 27, 2018 – Maple Leaf Education Asia Pacific Limited (“Maple Leaf”), a company wholly owned by China Maple Leaf Educational Systems Limited, signed an agreement today with the University of South Australia (“UniSA”) to open an English-Mandarin bilingual school on the Mawson Lakes Campus of UniSA in Adelaide, Australia.
Maple Leaf School – University of South Australia (MLS-UniSA), will be the first high school in Adelaide established by a Chinese education group. The School will offer a bilingual English-Mandarin curriculum for senior high school students in grades 10-12. It is expected to open in February 2019 with approximately 60 to 75 students.
China Maple Leaf Educational Systems Limited opened its first school in 1995 and has grown to become the largest operator of international schools in China Maple Leaf established its first bilingual university School at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, Canada in 2016. In September 2017, Maple Leaf opened its second at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s campus in Richmond, Vancouver, Canada. Maple Leaf is the largest operator of international schools certified by the British Columbia Ministry of Education. Maple Leaf Educational Systems and all its high schools are also accredited by AdvancEd, the largest school accreditation agency in the United States of America and in the world.
Dr. Sherman Jen, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Maple Leaf, said: “China Maple Leaf is delighted to be opening its first high school in Australia at the University of South Australia. An increasing number of our students are choosing Australian universities for their higher education. The University of South Australia is an excellent partner for us, as one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. We admire their high educational standards, their internationalism, and their pioneering spirit.”
Nigel Relph, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of The University of South Australia, stated: “The University of South Australia is pleased to welcome Maple Leaf as partners on our campus. Maple Leaf’s network will provide broad opportunities for our Education students for classroom observation, research, practicum experience, and in future international work opportunities for our Bachelor of Education graduates. The Maple Leaf School will provide first-hand experience for the students of UNISA to observe a bilingual school, opening up new opportunities for UNISA to analyze these programs and to be pioneers in the study of bilingual education. We also look forward to the increased profile that Maple Leaf can provide for UNISA in China, raising awareness of our young university in the world’s largest country for international students.”