More Success for Canadian Schools in China

April 16, 2013 - Beijing, China

Left photo: The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, congratulates Dawn Sutherland, Vice President of Marketing and Development, Maple Leaf Schools and Educational Systems, on Maple Leaf’s recently received approval to open two new schools in China teaching British Columbia’s curriculum. Maple Leaf of British Columbia has over 12,000 students in 30 schools in China.

Right photo: The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister of the Asia-Pacific Gateway, congratulates Francis Pang of Toronto-based AKD International Consultants Inc., and his Chinese partner, Fu Lixin of Hebei Zhaoyi Real Estate, on their new Canadian-curriculum school opening in Hebei in 2014. AKD has a network of 10 schools under the Concord College brand in China and a total enrollment of 8,000 students. AKD has been educating Chinese youth, using Canadian curriculum, since 1997.

There are 64 accredited Canadian schools in China, serving a total of approximately 20,000 students. These schools are an important source of international students for Canadian post-secondary institutions. Foreign students who study in Canada establish long-lasting people-to-people ties that translate into enhanced business, academic and social relationships.

Minister Fast is on a two-week visit to Asia that includes stops in the cities of Tokyo, Yokohama, Hong Kong, Beijing, Harbin and Tianjin before he attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting in Indonesia.

For more information, please consult Deepening Trade with Asia.

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
613-992-7332

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
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