BEIJING, April 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A news report by China.org.cn on China's education development:
The Uppingham School, established in 1584, is a renowned middle school in the U.K. For over 400 years, it has been dedicated to cultivating students' well-rounded abilities. Recently, its headmaster announced that the school will establish its first overseas campus in China.
But this is not the only big news for Chinese students. The University of Cambridge has recognized test results from the Gaokao, China's national college entrance examination, when admitting students. This has provoked heated public debate in China. Cambridge responded that they implemented this policy several years ago, but emphasized that admissions are based not on test scores alone, but on a comprehensive assessment of each applicant.
Overseas universities accept Gaokao scores because Chinese students are important to them. China is a major source of overseas students. In 2018, the total number of Chinese students studying abroad reached 660,000, increasing 8.8% from the previous year. Accepting Gaokao results will give foreign universities easier access to the huge Chinese market and vast numbers of Chinese students.
The Gaokao is the most critical exam for the majority of Chinese students and has been improved continually. The latest round of Gaokao reform started in 2014. Like the Uppingham School and the University of Cambridge, China's Gaokao now tries to promote students' diversified and individualized development.
When test results are not the only method used to evaluate a student's performance, and with educational and human resources moving in a freer and more diversified way, Chinese students can find more study opportunities and develop global vision, thus creating more possibilities in their lives.
No matter the particulars - be it middle school or university, public school or private, Chinese students studying abroad or foreign students studying in China, or foreign schools like Uppingham establishing campuses in China - exchange in the educational field will connect China more closely with the world in the cultural field. It can also help China to see and understand the world, and to participate in the world's affairs, thus promoting China's ongoing opening.
But we should also be aware that after graduation, career choice is also important. A good school can attract good students, but to retain the best of them depends on the development prospects of the country and the region.
Expansion of UK schools into China signals diversified opportunities
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