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WellingTEN Talks with the Master: Skills for the 21st Century

July, 2016
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In celebration of its fifth anniversary, Wellington College International Tianjin – the first overseas partner school of the prestigious Wellington College in the UK – held its inaugural WellingTEN Talk. Having already launched at its sister school in Shanghai, this series of talks was successfully held in front of a captive audience of pupils, parents and educators.

wellingten-talkPanellists for the WellingTEN included Mr. Julian Thomas, Master of Wellington College in the UK; Madame Kang Xiuyan, Director of Tianjin Nankai Xiangyu School Group and 6th Principal of Tianjin Nankai Middle School; Dr. Kang Sungbong, Headmaster of the Tianjin Korean International School; and Mr. Michael Higgins, Master of Wellington College International Tianjin. Sharing a wealth of experience in international education, the panel discussed the topic of ‘Educating for the Future’, offering insights and perspectives on the skills that will be most beneficial for success in a complex global environment.

With 157 years of history, Wellington College introduced the WellingTEN talks recently in the UK, and, following this, the talks were introduced to North-eastern China. A WellingTEN Talk is a short lecture that delivers inspiring ideas to audiences, engaging viewers by highlighting areas for further intellectual development and exploration. One of the primary goals of the lecture series is to highlight the importance of cultivating the next generation of 21st century leaders and taking advantage of the “Golden Age” of UK-China relations.

Since opening in 2011, Wellington College International Tianjin has established a reputation for academic excellence and for offering a broad range of extra-curricular activities. 2016 marks the fifth anniversary of the College in Tianjin, and its third class of graduating senior school pupils. 

Speaking on the achievements of pupils at the College in Tianjin, Mr. Michael Higgins, the Master, said, “Since our first cohort of senior school graduates, our pupils have continued to gain offers from some of the world’s top universities. With offers in 2016 from Cornell, UC Berkeley and University College London, we are proud to say that the College currently has a 100% success rate for pupils gaining acceptance to universities, and we have quickly gained the reputation amongst higher education institutions for being a breeding ground of academic talent.”

Based in central Tianjin, the College shares a unique vision and mission with its local and international communities for educating pupils in the 21st century. “We chose Tianjin as the location to open our first overseas international school five years ago due to the municipality’s reputation as a hub for innovation and creativity at the frontier of Northern China,” Higgins said. ”In an increasingly international city, it remains our hope that pupils engage positively and proactively both within the school environment but also with the wider community outside the classroom – this is why we added “united” into our Mission Statement. In empowering pupils to share the Wellington values of courage, integrity, respect, kindness and responsibility with this community, we can help pupils to gain a better understanding of the demands of modern society, allowing learners to properly cultivate skills for the 21st century.”

All the panellists agreed that Tianjin is a centre of excellence for secondary education and a central hub for teaching professionals and educators. As the largest port in Northern China and an important destination for foreign trade, the Tianjin of today has a great demand for international talent. It is for this reason that the acquisition of skills and delivery of school education is in line with the requirements of the 21st century.


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