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College Board, Beijing Royal School connect more students to higher education

Wang Guangfa, principal of Beijing Royal School, speaks at the opening ceremony of the 2014 AP China Education Summit. Photo: Beijing Royal School 

The College Board, a US-based non-profit organization that connects international students to college success, held the 2014 AP China Education Summit at Beijing Royal School at the weekend, as the two partners aim to expand access to higher education for Chinese students.

"The year 2014 is another fruitful year for the Advanced Placement (AP) Program in China. 265 secondary schools from 31 provinces across China have obtained the College Board's CEEB school code and prepare to offer AP courses, among which 62 are private schools and 203 are public schools," said Wang Xiangbo, vice president of the College Board, who is responsible for the operation of the organization's services and products, especially the AP Program, in China - the biggest source of international students for American universities.

Wang hailed the AP Program as a non-commercial educational program offering academic help to the Chinese students, who are seeking opportunities to study abroad, especially in the US.

More than 180 Chinese high schools have started to provide AP courses, including Beijing Royal School, a Beijing-based joint-venture international school, which ushered in the AP Program in 2006, said Wang, adding that 10,247 Chinese students have completed 37,151 AP exams so far.

The AP Program, which is run by the College Board, includes high-standard, college-level courses and exams designed by educators from high schools and universities for pre-college students who will enjoy the opportunities of earning college credit and advanced placement before entering universities through the educational program.

The College Board's AP Program currently offers 36 college-level courses in 22 subjects. In 2014, more than 2.3 million students from 19,000 secondary schools around the world took over 4.2 million AP exams, according the College Board.

According to a 2008 survey, the college students who attended the AP courses have better academic performance and more opportunities of winning a scholarship than those who did not take part in the program.

Since 2012, China has become the country which offers the most AP courses and exams in the world, following the US, said Wang.

"Today, China leads in student mobility to the US, followed by South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada," said Jim Montoya, the College Board's vice president of higher education and international affairs, compared with the year 2007 when South Korea, Japan and Canada led the world in student mobility to the US.

An AP course of Beijing Royal School. Photo: Beijing Royal School

"Global credentials such as AP and SAT will only become more useful to higher education," said Montoya, adding that US universities are allocating more financial support as a strategic resource to lure best-fit international students, especially those from China.

As an AP course provider and member of the Collage Board, Beijing Royal School has successfully combined the advantages of the Western college-level courses and Chinese educational system, cultivating a great number of excellent students with great international vision for top universities in the world.

Beijing Royal School, which is authorized by the College Board as China's first AP Teaching Demonstration School, also boasts a team of teachers from China and the US who are fully qualified to give AP courses, in which Chinese students can enjoy bilingual education.

"AP courses should be suitable for all the international students in the world and have assisted our teachers to better help our students fully reach their potential. The introduction of AP courses to Beijing Royal School marks a significant educational reform in our school's history and has proved that such an educational reform is the future development direction of our school," said Wang Guangfa, principal of Beijing Royal School.

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