Wednesday, April 30, 2008
We studied the possibility of opening in Beijing undergraduate courses with classes in English for children of foreign families living in Beijing and foreigners from anywhere in the world. There are about 10,000 of these families and their children attend about 30 foreign schools where classes are taught in English. There are no colleges yet in China for these children and their families are forced to send them abroad for their college studies. Is this one of the “unexplored frontiers”?
The new venture: IUB – International University of Beijing
It sounds big… and it could be, but we plan to start by offering a semester with the following accredited courses:
- Chinese Language
- Cultural History of China
- Doing Business in China
- Teaching English as a Second Language / College English
Classes will all be in English. For this an agreement has been signed with BSU (Beijing Sport University). The university will provide housing, rooms for classes, and all the facilities this beautiful institution has for its 22,000 students. There are limited scholarships available, in case you or someone you know is interested in spending one semester in Beijing Fr. Francisco “Paco” Carin, a Claretian missionary well versed in Chinese will be its Director.
For more information you can write to him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also have a glance at the complete program at: www.sino-asian.org
This is certainly not an “unexplored frontier” since Beijing already has many language centers that offer English couses. Still we believe that we have something unique to offer and the Director will be Claretian Bro. SC, presently working with Paco at the National Catholic Seminary in Beijing. This August Sid will finish his MATESOL at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. He already has a Master’s in Education.
This new language school will be open to anyone who wants to learn English. ICLA (Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia) is working in partnership with us as part of the preparation of Chinese students (priests and sisters) who will go to the Philippines for their further studies in this institute. A special set of English classes will be specially prepared for them.
We learned many things that day:
When Tokyo was an unimportant village and Osaka was just a glimmer in the eye of some future shogun, the city of Kyoto was the magnificent capital of Japan. Kyoto rightfully takes its place among Rome, Istanbul and Athens as the city itself is a living museum. Even after Tokyo (then Edo) became Japan’s capital in 1868, Kyoto remained the cultural and historical center of the country. But if you travel to Kyoto don’t expect a quaint old world town. Kyoto, like Tokyo, is a bustling and often claustrophobic metropolis with busloads of tourists clogging the sacred temples and Zen gardens during much of the year.
It is part of plans to form closer social and economic ties from the western Pearl River Delta area to the two special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macao).
The building of the proposed US$6.6-billion structure, which will be 30 kilometers long, should take around five years to complete.
Zhuhai is bordered with Macau to the south and neighbored with Hong Kong across South China Sea to the east.
It will shorten the distance from Hong Kong to Macao and Zhuhai to 30 kilometers, and reduce the journey time to well within 30 minutes. People currently traveling to Hong Kong from Zhuhai or Macau have to journey for at least six hours by car.