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China: Hailiang Education and ELS partner on EAP

Hailiang Education, a provider of private K-12 educational services in China, has entered into a cooperation agreement with ELS American Education Consulting in Shanghai to better prepare students in China for study in the US later in their academic career.

L-R: Ping Huang, Vice President, Hailiang Education Group and Mallik Sundharam, ELS Vice President, New Business Development & Recruitment. Photo: ELS

"ELS is pleased to establish a collaboration with such an academically focused partner"

Hailiang Foreign Language School will offer a tailored ELS English for Academic Purpose program, which includes a technology lab for individualised learning support and on-site academic oversight of the program.

“With this partnership they want to ensure the success of Chinese students as they embark on overseas university studies.”

Xinchun Qin, chief principal of the Hailiang School, said that the agreement offered his school the opportunity to utilise ELS’s expertise in effective language teaching and professional development resources.

“With ELS’s international pathways, we can leverage over 650 universities that may accept our students with the ELS Certificate of Completion as proof of English proficiency,” he said.

“We look forward to a very productive and wide-ranging relationship with ELS for years to come.”

Established in 1995, Hailiang Education has sent over 30,000 students on to study at domestic and foreign universities since its launch. It boasts a 95% pass rate for the competitive Gaokao national college entrance exam in China.

Mallik Sundharam, vice president of New Business Development and Recruitment at ELS, said he had identified Hailiang Education as a high quality partner in China.

“We have been exploring secondary level school partnerships as a strategic growth opportunity in China and ELS is pleased to establish a collaboration with such an academically focused partner like Hailiang Education Group.”

In July 2015, Hailiang Education was formally listed on the NASDAQ, claiming to be the first full-time education provider in China listed on the US stock market.

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