An Introduction to the Canadian Foundation Centre for International Education
The Canadian Foundation Center for International Education (hereafter identified as CFCIE), is a trans-national education organization having the mandate to establish “Sino-Canadian International Colleges” (SCIC) at the post-secondary level and “Sino-Canadian International Schools” (SCIS) at the secondary level of education in China. The company was founded by Samuel Rong in 1995 and has its head office in the Airport Corporate Center of Toronto. The company’s website is at http://www.cfcie.ca
For over twenty years, Samuel Rong has actively encouraged cultural and educational exchanges between Canada and China including receiving and hosting seminars in Canada, finding personnel for government and business leaders in China; and assisted in placing more than 300 students and scholars from across China in North America, the UK, and Australia.
As an invited member of Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s 2001 Team Canada Delegation to China and Hong Kong, Samuel Rong signed commercial contracts at the Team Canada Official Contract Signing Ceremony in Beijing with Guangxi University and Chinese Authorities for the establishment of Sino-Canadian International Colleges and Canadian Educational Model Programs in China. Samuel Rong has actively participated in a variety of events encouraging friendship between Canada and China: sponsored a corporate table at the reception for CNPCC Chairman Li Ruihuan in Toronto in 2002; a Team Canada Member and a Platinum Sponsor of the Canada China Business Council, AGM Gala Banquet in Beijing in 2003; received by His Excellency Wen Jiabao, Premier of China, in Beijing in 2003 for his significant contributions to Canada – China friendship; a member of the Canada Trade Mission to Mainland China and Hong Kong led by Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2005; presented a seminar titled “A Road Map to China“ for Hong Kong and Macao government and business leaders arranged by the Canadian Trade Mission in Hong Kong; contributed to the Educational Sector of the Ontario Trade Mission to Mainland China and Hong Kong led by Premier Dalton McGuinty in November 2005; participated in the Canada China Business Council’s “30 Years of Policy Conference and Annual General Meeting” in Beijing and Chongqing jointly headed by multiple Ministers and Canadian Premiers, November 2008; participated in the Canada China Business Summit & Welcome Banquet in Ottawa celebrating 40 years of the Canada China Friendship Relations jointly hosted by PM Stephen Harper of Canada and President Hu Jintao of China, June 2010; a member of the Ontario Trade Mission to China led by the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne in 2017.
A Brief Introduction to CFCIE’s Programs in China:
CFCIE has established more than five (5) SCIC chain model programs in China including SCIC programs in Liaoning (2000), Heilongjiang (2001), Guangxi (2001), Guilin (2008) and Chongqing (2009), as well as SCIS’s in Liaoning (2001), Guangxi (2003).
CFCIE has also established two Uncle Sam's English Houses (USEH), chain English education programs for kids aged 3 to 12 years old., in Nanning City, the capital of Guangxi Province, China in year 2012.
Since the establishment of the first SCIC at Guangxi University, Nanning, Guangxi, and SCIS programs in China, CFCIE has trained over 20,000 students and employed over 400 native English-speaking teachers from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
CFCIE is projected to train over 100,000 students through the CFCIE's SCIC & SCIS model programs and provide 3000 Native English Speaker teachers working and living opportunities in China. At the same time, CFCIE plans to establish 10 USEH in Nanning to teach Canadian English to over 10,000 children in the near future before bringing the USEH program to other locations in China.
SCIC, Guangxi University (GXU), Nanning, the capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of PR China, held its first classes in September of 2001 with 240 students and 4 teachers. In 2010, there were 1200 students and 34 teachers. The university campus is known for its green environment and ponds, and is ranked at the top of the 45 universities in the region, and in the top 55 universities in China. The city of Nanning is located in southwest China, has a population of over 2.5 million, and is known as “An Ever Green City”. It is the permanent home of the ASEAN Conference and hosts 11 ASEAN Embassies and Consulate General Offices.
GXU web site: http://www.gxu.edu.cn/administration/gjc/index-e.htm
SCIC, Chongqing University of Post Telecommunications (CQUPT), Chongqing City, was opened in September 2008 with 180 students and 6 teachers. In 2009, there were 400 students and 12 teachers.
The city of Chongqing is situated in the east of southwest China about 2500 km up the Yangtze River from Shanghai. Like Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai, Chongqing is a municipality directly governed by the Central Government of China. It is the largest city in the world, covering more than 8,000 sq. Kilometers with a population of 31,590,000. It is the economic and cultural center of the upper Yangtze River region. CQUPT is an academic research university with excellence in the area of information technology. It has a full spectrum of disciplines from science, management, liberal arts and English majors.
CQUPT web site: http://www.cqupt.edu.cn
SCIC, Guangxi Normal University (GXNU), Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, opened in September 2009 at the Yu Cai campus with 150 students and 4 teachers. In 2010, there were over 450 students and 12 teachers. Guilin is a premier tourist destination with a population of 1.3 million. It is situated among the beautiful Karst Mountains along the Li River, offering close access to the Longsheng rice terraces and the well known scenic town of Yangshuo.
GXNU web site: http://www.gxnu.edu.cn
CFCIE Curriculum Development
President of CFCIE Samuel Rong chaired the University Administrative and Experts Committee from Canada and China who jointly created the curriculum of study in conformity with the requirements of the Ministry of Education of China. Credits earned by SCIC students can be transferred to partner universities in Canada, the UK and Australia.
CFCIE is responsible for the “Software components” and Intellectual Properties of the SCIC’s such as the Canadian educational models, concepts, curriculums, texts, hiring of native English-speaking teachers and program leaders, as well as on-site program quality monitoring. Each university is responsible for all “Hardware components” such as buildings and classrooms, equipment, accommodations for teachers and students, as well as student recruitment, enrollment, logistics, and administration.
SCIC Leadership and Management Team
Prof. Samuel Rong, President of CFICE, and Dr. Tang Jiliang, President of GXU, lead the management team at SCIC. Both are Honorary Deans at SCIC and jointly monitor the quality of programs at SCIC and the appointment of the Deans, Vice-Deans and other staff.
SCIC Education Model
Prof. Samuel Rong, President of CFCIE and Dr. Tang Jiliang, President of GXU designed the SCIC as two years of University credited courses with the following options:
Option One: “2 + 3 China” – Students, after two years of study at SCIC, can apply to other majors at GXU in its 22 colleges for another three years of study to obtain a double degree from GXU.
Option Two: “2 + 2 China” – Students, after two years of study at SCIC, can apply to GXU Foreign Language College for another two years of study of English, to obtain the Foreign Language Degree from GXU.
Option Three: “2 + 4 China” – Students, after two years of study at SCIC, can apply for the GXU Civil Engineering, Municipality Planning or Japanese Major at the related Departments for another four years of studies to obtain a double degree from GXU.
Options one to three been operated from the year of 2001 to 2016. From the year of 2017, options one to three are no longer optional in SCIC, Guangxi University.
Option Four: “4+0” China”- Starting in 2017, the SCIC curriculum changed from a 2-year general English study curriculum to a 4-year English Intensive program, whereby the students will attend SCIC for their entire undergraduate education, culminating in degrees in Business English, English for the Tourism Industry, English and Thai, or a selected major from GXU’s International Centre. It is always an option, and is strongly encouraged, that SCIC students study intensively at SCIC for 2 years, then finish their undergraduate education within any of the study-abroad programs in Canada, the US, UK, or Australia per CFCIE’s agreements with selective signed universities.
Option Five: “1 + 2” or “1 + 3 Canada” (UK and Australia) – Students, after one year of study at SCIC, can apply to Renison College, University of Waterloo, Canada or Sunderland University in the UK or Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia for another two or three years of studies to obtain a Bachelor of Arts (BA or honours BA). Credits at SCIC are transferable to the above universities subject to the requirements of each major and the university selected by the student.
Option Six: “2 + 1” or “2 + 2 Canada” (UK and Australia) – Students, after two years of study at SCIC, can apply to Renison College,University of Waterloo, Canada or Sunderland University in the UK or Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia for another one or two years of studies to obtain a BA or HBA with the same credit transfer criteria as that of Option Four.
The CFICE model of education has gained national recognition across China. In 2003, SCIC student Hu Jieye won the National Championship of the ‘Chinese New Rising Star’ Competition (competitors came from more than twenty-six provinces and regions). The competition was hosted by the China National Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Human Resources, China Educational Central TV Channel, as well as Australia-Sydney Chinese TV.
In 2004, SCIC students contributed to the GXU Team and participated in the ‘Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition ‘ (China Round), which was held for the second time in China with participants from universities across China. The GXU Team won the National Top 14th Group Average in the final competition. GXU Team’s ranking was higher than that of teams from most of the China National Key Universities such as Zhejiang University, Beijing Normal University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
In 2005, SCIC entered the ‘CCTV Cup English Debating National Contest’, a competition for all universities across China. Each university sent one finalist to the National Contest in Beijing. SCIC student Qin Ye won the championship in the Contest of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (GXZAR) among its 45 universities and colleges. At the National Contest, she achieved the National top 18th ranking among the finalists from a thousand universities in thirty-five provinces and regions across China.
In 2010, SCIC Program in CQ participated in the University Student's Academic English Contest hosted by the Forieign Language Research House (the National top research Agency). Lang Yu won the National Championship.
Students Studying Abroad
There are more than 100 students who have chosen to further their studies abroad at the Lakehead University of Thunder Bay in Canada, University of Waterloo in the USA, the University of Toronto and Queens University in Canada, Sunderland University in the UK, and, Melbourne institute of Technology in Australia, as well as universities in New Zealand and France.
Prospective SCIC Native English-speaking Teachers
Prospective native English-speaking teachers should consult the attached “Letter from President Samuel Rong and hiring process“ which includes a list of the documents required for the four steps in the application procedure, salary scale, medical form, reference checks and other related information.
Additional information can be found in a booklet published by CFCIE prepared by two SCIC English teachers based on their three years of teaching and living in China. This booklet will give a general sense of CFCIE programs and life in China from a foreigner’s perspective.
The letter and booklet should help prospective applicants better understand the application process and the teaching and living experience in China so that their time in China will be both rewarding and enjoyable.
Each year, CFCIE receives over 300 applications to teach at CFCIE’s programs in China. CFCIE selects talented teachers with a variety of backgrounds including experienced teachers, recent education graduates, retired government officials and corporate executives. Many possess Masters or Doctors degrees in addition to an undergraduate degree. All must have a recognized EFL, ESL or other language certification and teaching experience.
Successful applicants join the CFCIE Teaching Team, cooperating and contributing to the educational experience of their students and the particular college or school that they have signed on to.
For further information on the application process and working with CFCIE programs in China, please refer to our website: http://www.cfcie.ca
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