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Inside China Ed – December Edition (002)

It’s no secret that some families, whether they are in New York or Hong Kong, expect tutors to do anything to help their child into college. With such fierce competition, and an unspoken cap on Asian enrollment at the Ivies, it’s no wonder Chinese parents are desperate. Where there is demand, there is supply: celebrity tutors attract large followings of students in Hong Kong, where 72% of final-year students attend private classes.

What does this mean for schools that want to enroll outstanding Chinese students? Part of the challenge is how to properly educate Chinese families about education in America (a must-read from IECA).

While large public research universities have primarily been responsible for increased international enrollment in the U.S., smaller schools are looking to crack the China market as well. Faith-based schools in particular offer Chinese parents pastoral care and a sense of safety and security. However, lesser-known schools face a tough time in brand-conscious China, so perhaps it’s time to sign up for an official Weibo account to reach and interact with Chinese students …

Some see opportunities in bringing international education to China, beginning at the secondary level. Elite Chinese high schools offer AP curriculums taught in English by American or Canadian teachers, and new partnerships with American private schools provide access to professional college counseling as well. Until these opportunities are widespread, we can’t help but wonder if it will lead to further bribery in Chinese education system.

In any case, access to an international education has never been for the faint of heart, and it looks like admissions to NYU Shanghai’s 2013 inaugural class is certainly no picnic.



LINKS (in order of appearance)

– Corrupt Tutors for Hire – Application fraud is widespread and not just limited to wealthy Asian families; it’s a ‘black-and-white finish line’ for parents.

– Hong Kong in hot pursuit of Ivy League Education – Further details on Zimny, Chow family, and alleged bribes to get into top schools

– At the Ivies, Asians are the New Jews – Charles Murray charges that the Ivies cap Asian enrollment to preserve diversity in its student body, raising some interesting questions about whether schools should be “academic meritocracies” or not.

– Meet the ‘Tutor Kings and Queens’ – “In Hong Kong’s consumer culture, looks sell. Celebrity tutors in their sophisticated hair-dos and designer trappings are treated like idols by their young fans who flock to their classes.”

– School Admission and the Chinese Student (IECA) – A must-read for IECs, admissions, and any school interested in enrolling Chinese students.

– Need to Prepare for the Next Wave of Foreign Students – Understanding and sustaining international student growth rates.

– Smaller U.S. Colleges Try to Crack Chinese Market  – Chinese parents perceive American faith-based schools as a “security blanket” for their children overseas.

– Zinch China and Sina Weibo Work Together to Help Overseas Universities – “Easy, affordable access to millions of prospective students via Chinese social media…”

– Chinese Flock to Elite U.S. Schools – China-rased, America-educated Jay Lin helps local high schools incorporate international systems, such as the International Baccalaureate and A-Levels, alongside Chinese curriculum.

– Chinese school Offshore its Graduates to U.S. Colleges – At the High School Attached to Capital Normal University, or HSCNU – Chinese students get help to apply to U.S. colleges through a new partnership with Germantown Academy.

– A Chinese Education, for a Price – Nearly everything has a price…from school admissions and placement in top classes to leadership positions in Communist youth groups. Even front-row seats near the blackboard or a post as class monitor are up for sale.

– NYU Shanghai Hosts Potential Pupils – NYU Shanghai will accept 300 undergraduates for its first class, which will start in the fall of 2013.


That’s all for 2012. We hope you’ve enjoyed the holidays, and as always, please share your thoughts!

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