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Monday 13-Jul-2015
英式寄宿學校正在亞洲冒起 (中文版)

英式教育的潮流正在整個亞洲大陸迅速蔓延,而且沒有放緩的跡象。正如我在最近的文章提及,這大趨勢亦正影響香港家長對教育的要求。本地教育一直為人詬病,指課程單一及過份偏重考試;制度的不足正好給英國寄宿學校精英式的教育模式,在香港有落地生根的機會,正因如此,港生毋需遠赴外國亦能體驗英式教育。         我們先探討一下傳統及歷史的因素。西方寄宿學校引入亞洲城市的歷史源遠流長,尤其在英聯邦地區。現代社會不少家庭因種種原因離鄕別井到國外生活,當中英國父母自然希望送孩子到寄宿學校接受英式教育;不過,近年國際學校同時大受本地學生歡迎,學位競爭激烈。放眼中國大陸,倫敦的 Dulwich College早於2007年已在蘇州開設分校。 香港的首間國際寄宿學校哈羅 (Harrow) 於2012年開校,當時學校的北京和曼谷分校已經運作。

        

曼谷哈羅,成立於1998年,是當年海外國際學校的先驅,它的財務處理及品牌管理是嶄新的營運模式。待其他學校趕上步伐的時候,海外國際學校的發展已一發不可收拾。在中東及亞洲地區,這類學校是一位難求。Dulwich College在韓國、中國,及新加坡已成為當地的寵兒,在2014年8月取錄了884學生。Sherborne School,多塞特郡 (Dorset) 的私立學校亦已在卡塔爾 (Qatar)開辦分校。規模較小的,哈特福郡 (Hertfordshire) 的Haileybury School則在哈薩克斯坦,阿拉木圖(Almaty, Kazakhstan) 建有分校。單看學校滲透的深度與濶度,已經吃一驚。事實上,Brighton College 正嘗試在阿聯酋 (UAE) 的阿布扎比島(Abu Dhabi Island) 校園建立鮮明的英國私立學校文化。此營運模式又吸引了歷史悠久的Epsom College 在馬來西亞發展;同樣地,Repton School也在杜拜 (Dubai) 提供優質教育。結論是,英式教育在世界的需求殷切,現已發展成城市與城市間的比拼。當競爭加劇,學校將面對今日Wellington College, Dulwich College 在上海爭取寄宿學生的競賽。

       

優質英國學校到中東及亞洲開辦分校實際是一項業務擴展及品牌管理。海外分校有助提升英國本部的國際知名度,而且效果將會有雪球效應。對於資源充裕的家長,他們極有可能因為當地的推廣得宜,而決定送子女直接到英國學校本部學習。這趨勢當然亦啟示了英國大學在國外成立分校的競賽,尤以中國及馬來西亞為甚。種種跡象顯示,教育國際化已是不爭的事實;而英國私立學校的表現及聲譽備受推崇。當英國政府樂於與世界比賽的同時,英國私校以其品牌、質素的口碑,似乎小勝一仗。

 

不能否認,擴展海外自然帶來收益,雖然海外分校收費一般較便宜。因為學生不需離鄉別井,大受追捧,學位供不應求;市場有需求,只會令更多學校建立離岸分校。有些學校強調非以金錢掛飾,像Dulwich College,學校將利潤撥歸助學金之用,幫助在倫敦經濟環境較差的年輕人到學校進修。

 

我曾親眼看到一些學校在香港、在中國安排一連串既有啟發性又有趣的課外活動,本地學生特別享受其中,而且有很強的歸屬感;宿舍裡學生的關係也尤其親密。英國學校的品牌特色、課程、學科都可以在分校照辦煮碗製出來,但其歷史及校園環境就難於處理。舉一個例,欖球和板球在香港的普及程度與英國就相差很遠。同樣,海外分校要追上英國校園的完善體育設施也一點不容易。所以說,並非凡事都可以代替。

 

Samuel Chan 
譯著: Kennes Tong  

資料來源:《英文虎報》

如要了解更多英國升學資訊,請致電31840152 聯絡Samuel (英識教育創辦人,升學顧問)。

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