On March 9, 2018, the signing ceremony of Cardiff and Vale College Pinghu Project was held at Pinghu Sun Lake Hotel.The ceremony was presided over by Guoping Cai, Member of the Standing Committee and Chief of City Publicity Department.(Cardiff Public School Pinghu Project Signing Ceremony)
Pinghu Municipal Committee, Mayor Zhonghua Liu gave the first speech. Mayor Liu briefly introduced the economic&social and education condition in Pinghu. He pointed out that in recent years, Pinghu had been pursuing "developing education to people’s satisfaction" and was adhered to the idea of improving education quality, promoting education modernization and reformation, to create a new situation of diversity of education developing, balanced and coordinated. Mayor Liu emphasized that the success of signing of this contract would enrich Pinghu's education resources, enhance the internationalization of education, and create a regional prosperity of education industry. Next, the government and relevant departments, districts would provide all their services and supports to speed up the construction of the project. He hoped Cardiff and Vale College and Shanghai Yijin Education Group would make the most of their advantages of education management and personnel training system into their pursuit of excellence in international education, build up an example of excellent international school and constantly satisfy the people’s desperate need of quality education.(Pinghu City Committee Deputy Secretary and Mayor Liu Zhonghua addressed)
Wai-Kit Ho, consul of bilateral relations with the British Consulate General in Shanghai, congratulated on the signing ceremony. He pointed out that British education would not only pay great attention to students' academic performance, but also stress the importance of the development of personality, leadership and creativity of students. As a model of colleges in the United Kingdom, Cardiff and Vale College was awarded the title of "College of the Year" and "Lighthouse Award" by the British government for its outstanding educational philosophy and excellent teaching quality. On 2016, Shanghai Yijin Education Group and Cardiff and Vale College became strategy partners and the projects of Cardiff and Vale College was developing steadily in China ever since. The British side was looking forward to bringing the high quality British educational resources to students in Pinghu. Over the last year of cooperation, Shanghai Yijin Education Group had made outstanding effort towards developing international education and culture communication in the context of "One Belt and One Road" policy. At the “Golden Age” of the Sino-British relationship entering a new stage, the cooperation between Cardiff and Vale College and Shanghai Yijin Education Group encouraged the Cardiff City Council to establish an effective education exchange channel with many other local governments in China. “I hope this cooperation is also the beginning of a long-term prosperous relationship between Pinghu and Cardiff.”(Wai-Kit Ho, Consul-General of Bilateral Relations of the British Consulate-General in Shanghai, congratulated the three parties )
Kevin Ratcliffe, the Head Teacher of Cardiff and Vale College gave a speech on behalf of the school. Kevin reiterated his belief that it is an absolute honor to work with Ping Hu city on this promising project. Once the project has launched, Cardiff and Vale College will fully support its development to bring professional, international education to this fantastic city .(Cardiff Public Instruction Director KEVIN RATCLIFFE on behalf of the Cardiff Public School Speech)
James Sun, General Manager of International Education Department of Yijin Education Group, briefed the guests on the project. He said Yijin Education Group was optimistic about the market and development prospects of Pinghu. The cooperation in building up a school would improve Pinghu's culture environment and accelerate the process of Pinghu’s integration with Shanghai. Yijin Education Group would work with Cardiff and Vale College to ensure standard of Cardiff and Vale College implemented in Pinghu, thus make contribution to the development of local education.(James Sun introduced the project to the guests)
Finally, Pinghu Deputy Mayor Xiaolie Fang, Head Teacher Kevin Ratcliffe, CEO of Shanghai Yijin Education Group Francis Gao, on behalf of the three parties, signed a cooperation agreement. After the signing there was a media conference.(Vice Mayor of Pinghu, Fang Xiaolie, KEVIN RATCLIFFE, Director of Cardiff Public School Teaching, and Gao Yuanqi, Chairman and President of Shanghai Yijin Education Group, signed a cooperation agreement on behalf of the three parties.)
Total investment of Cardiff and Vale College Pinghu project is 120 million RMB, the project is located in the national-level Pinghu Economic and Technological Development Zone, covering 49.1 acres, is expected to be officially put into use in September 2019. Once the project is completed, it will become the official certified overseas branch of Cardiff and Vale College and the international brand of high quality education in Pinghu.
The launch of Cardiff and Vale College Pinghu Project will help Pinghu City conduct thorough international communication and cooperation in education industry and make the most of international quality education resources so as to provide the people with quality education. In the future, both Pinghu and Cardiff will step into further cooperation of cultural and other industries with the help of Yijin and begin to establish Pinghu's international influence.(Cardiff Public School Pinghu Project Related Leaders Photo)
The ceremony was attended by:Deputy Party Secretary and Mayor Zhonghua Liu, Member of the Standing Committee, Chief of City Publicity Department Guoping Cai, Deputy Mayor Xiaolie Fang, Party Secretary of Pinghu Economic and Technological Development zone Bingxing Shen, Director of the City General OfficeHuarong Tang, City Publicity Departmental First Deputy Chief Zhonghai Mo, City Education Bureau Yuchun Wang, The CEO of the Shanghai Yijin Education Group Co., Ltd. Francis Gao, Executive Directors of the Group Joseph Wang, Johnny Xu, Chinning Wang, Chris Wang, Andy Zha, International Education Department General Manager James Sun, Project Manager Simon Chen, Cardiff and Vale College Regional Account Director of China Office Kunbo Fan, Head Teacher Kevin Ratcliffe; British Consulate-General Shanghai Consul Bilateral Wai-Kit Ho, Senior Trade & Investment Officer of Education and Skill Benjamin Jiang, British Council Partnership Development Manager Yimin Liu and Cambridge Assessment of International Education Senior Region Manager Yvonne Huang.