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Prestigious schools have plans in China

By Luo Wangshu and Huang Zhiling (China Daily)

08:17, August 02, 2012

Two prestigious international schools, Harrow School in London and the Juilliard School in New York, have plans to open campuses in China.

Harrow will open its fourth international school in China's southwest city of Chengdu, while Juilliard has decided to open a branch of it's music and arts focused school in the north coastal city of Tianjin.

"Harrow signed a strategic plan on July 26 with its local partner Sichuan Zhongde Century Real Estate Co to open an international franchise in Chengdu," said Huang Xingguo, director of the international exchange division at the Chengdu education bureau.

According to the plan, the school will accommodate students from nursery to high school.

Huang said the admission process will require prospective students to take an exam, and both students and parents will be interviewed and quizzed on Harrow's traditions.

Teachers will be hired globally.

Edward Lee, director of Business Development at Harrow International Education Management, confirmed to China Daily via e-mail that Harrow will be setting up an international school in Chengdu that is scheduled to start operation in the fall of 2014.

"We have been comparing Chengdu with Shanghai and Singapore and come to the conclusion that Chengdu offers wider and more promising prospects," Lee said.

Chengdu has three international schools, each with tuition costs of about 100,000 yuan ($15,700) a year. Huang said Harrow's tuition will not be any cheaper.

Huang said Chengdu is a good place to open an international school because the city has many high-income residents.

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