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Students Celebrate Launch of Second YCIS in Beijing

June, 2012
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iep-stone-layingA stone-laying ceremony for the BP International Education Park (IEP) was celebrated on May 9th in Yizhuang, Beijing. IEP is a pioneering model in China that will have the Yew Chung International School (YCIS) for foreign students and Yew Wah International Education School (YWIES) for local Chinese students side by side. Both schools will be connected by the Scholars International Conference Centre that will promote cross-cultural learning and invite the greater Beijing community to hold seminars and events.

The ceremony to lay the inaugural stone for IEP followed a theme of East and West, with several performances by YCIS Beijing students. The ceremony opened with eastern and western drums, an introductory IEP movie trailer, and two students on stage announcing a dream of seeing the world.

To make this dream a reality, the audience was transported to Asia for a guzheng and violin performance, Europe for Italian Opera, and finally South America for a Latin dance. Between each performance, distinguished guests reflected on how establishing international education in Yizhuang, Beijing would transform the Business Development Area and create a family community. Presently, over 100 multinational corporations are established in Yizhuang, and with a second Beijing airport opening in the coming years the area is predicted to grow in a similar way to Shunyi.

Dr Betty Chan and Professor Paul Yip, IEP Co-Founders and Directors of YCIS and YWIES schools, gave visionary speeches outlining the future of international education in China and throughout the world. Customary for China, Professor Yip and Dr Betty Chan unveiled a foundation stone to signal the start of building IEP.

Over 300 attendees from the Beijing community, government officials, media, and YCIS parents and staff greatly enjoyed the BP International Education Park Foundation Ceremony.

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