“The highest goal of education is to change more people, to make people understand and tolerate each other, and to bring people with different cultural backgrounds together and reduce conflicts. The world is full of conflicts because people don’t understand and tolerate each other. Nearly 10,000 Maple Leaf graduates have gone all over the world as advocates for that goal.” – from Sherman Jen’s speech at the convocation of Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC, Canada upon receiving his Honorary Doctorate of Laws, June 19, 2013.
Dr Jen has been deservedly recognized as one of China’s Top 10 Influential Educators for 2019. His picture graces the cover of the August 2019 edition of The Knowledge Review.
Twenty-four years ago, Dr Sherman Jen founded one of the very first international schools in China, Maple Leaf International School – Dalian, which has grown into the largest network of international schools in China, operating under China Maple Leaf Educational Systems. As of June, 2019, 21 grade 12 classes and over 16,000 MLES graduates have successfully completed the Maple Leaf high school program and become a significant part of the wave of Chinese studying in post-secondary institutions abroad.
Dr. Jen was born and grew up in China. His first post-secondary degree was earned at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, where he became fluent in English. After completing his degree, Dr. Jen continued to practice his English while building a successful clothing export business.
After emigrating to Canada, the kindness of a Canadian stranger and the education system his daughters enrolled in inspired Dr. Jen to approach the British Columbia Premier with a plan to introduce the BC curriculum in China. In 24 years, from 1995-2019, Maple Leaf Educational Systems has grown from one school of 14 students in Dalian, Liaoning, China to more than 100 schools with over 41,000 students in three countries. MLES offers a dual BC Dogwood Diploma and Chinese high school graduation diploma in 11 cities in China, including Dalian, Chongqing, Hainan, Henan, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xi’an, Yancheng and Zhenjiang. MLES schools in Ordos-Inner Mongolia, Pingdingshan, Jinzhou, Pinghu, Huzhou, Wifang, and Haikou offer the Chinese K-9 program with the BC Graduation Program in their future.
“I believe my strongest contribution to education in China has been to give Chinese students an opportunity to be influential on the world stage, because the blending of the best of East and West in their education teaches them to see things from more than one perspective. The more Maple Leaf Educational Systems expands its operations, the more students will benefit from this unique opportunity.”
Dr. Jen’s goal is to establish the largest global school system in the world that blends the best aspects of Eastern education and culture with Western educational content and methodologies. He expects to be offering this unique Maple Leaf curriculum to 100,000+ students in 10 countries by 2025. With the expansion of the Maple Leaf Global Education System, high school students will be able to complete different semesters at Maple Leaf campuses in different countries, all as part of the same Maple Leaf Global School. Dr. Jen’s goal is to prepare students thoroughly to be global leaders in the international world of tomorrow.
Recognitions of Achievement
Dr. Sherman Jen’s journey has shaped him to be the leader he is today. His innovative educational leadership has been recognized by both Chinese and Canadian governments. The below-mentioned awards and titles conferred on him attest to his superior achievements in this field.
• Most Influential Figure of China Private Education (2004) – China Education Innovation and Development Forum
• Outstanding Achievements Award (2008) – Government of British Columbia
• China Times Top Ten News Figures in 2011
• Governor General’s Medallion (2013) – Governor General of Canada (Queen’s Representative)
• Honorary Doctorate of Laws (2013) – Royal Roads University
• Friendship Award (2014) – Chinese National Government
The continuous effort of Maple Leaf Educational Systems schools to educate children with world-class curricula that combine the best of East and West is resulting in graduates who are fully equipped to further their education in the world’s top universities. Listed among the Forbes list of potential Chinese listed companies in 2017, and The 10 Best International Schools in China 2018, Maple Leaf schools are maintaining a reputation for providing a high quality education.
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