NANSHAN SHENZHEN, CHINA (GNB) - Premier Brian Gallant was on hand today to officially open the new campus of the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen in China, which will use New Brunswick curriculum.

“Exporting our expertise in education provides us with revenue which strengthens our economy allowing us to invest in our own education system and in health care,” said Gallant. “New Brunswick has participated in the education of thousands of international students through this unique model.”

The school is supported by Atlantic Education International (AEI), a provincial government agency which was established in 1997 in partnership with Francis Pang of AKD International, the Concord College of Sino-Canada, and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, to implement various educational initiatives. AEI recruits qualified teachers to work abroad at Concord College and various schools which use New Brunswick curriculums. Students at these schools earn a New Brunswick diploma upon completion.

The kindergarten-to-Grade 12 school originally shared a campus with AKD International’s Shenzhen (Nanshan) Concord College of Sino-Canada. It is the first International Baccalaureate World School in Shenzhen, and has a student population representing more than 20 nationalities. The schools’ goal is to provide students with an exceptional education, instilling in young people a love of learning, the ability to think independently, and the confidence to pursue their dreams and goals.

While in Asia, Gallant will also be visiting and speaking to students and teachers at two other partner schools, the Canadian International School of Beijing and the Beijing Concord College of Sino-Canada.

Gallant is leading New Brunswick’s largest-ever multi-sector delegation to China with more than 15 business and two universities participating in the nine-day mission.

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