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China's education can step into world

08-09-2010 10:41 BJT

SINGAPORE, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese International School (Singapore), after more than three years of exploration, innovation, construction and harvesting, has gained achievements and success. This shows that China's education, not only can go to the world, but also can contribute to upgrading of China's soft power, a school principal has said.

The school was established by Beijing Huijia Educational Institutions in September 2006. Based on international Baccalaureate (IB) standards, the school is characterized by the Chinese culture and integration of Eastern and Western culture.

In an exclusive interview, School Principal Shi Mingpei said his school has become a bridge between East and West cultural exchange and bonds. "Parents of many students come from Western countries said, they send their children to the international school just for the fancy of a Chinese cultural tradition and the atmosphere of cultural integration."

Shi said: "Students' parents from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan region highly praise the cross-cultural characteristics and the reservation of Eastern cultural traditions in school."

He said that education is a country's "soft power", international schools established by educational institutions can play a role in promoting and spreading Chinese culture.

"Education, as a form of cultural transmission, is more intimate, natural, and easy to accept. For young students, the life in our school can sow the seeds of friendship in their mind, which may have life-long impact on them," Shi said.

He stressed that the influence of cultural transmission may be extended to relatively more people, and often involving several generations of a family, their friends and relatives. This is a broad social impact.

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