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MAELM International wins award for Chinese program

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 9:50am
Susan Down

Royal Roads University is playing an important role in assisting Chinese school administrators to manage sweeping reforms. Three years after it began, RRU’s international education program will receive a national award for excellence.

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management (MAELM International) in the School of Education and Technology will receive the Panorama Award for outstanding International education program in the capacity-building category. The award is given out by the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) as one of 13 Excellence Awards showcasing innovators, leaders and emerging stars in the international education field. Doug Hamilton, RRU program head of MAELM International, will accept the award at CBIE’s annual conference, to be held Nov. 17-20 in Vancouver.

“We know that the educational landscape in China is changing faster than many of us could ever have imagined,” said Hamilton. “We believe that transformational learning – an important part of the RRU approach – will give Chinese administrators a leadership toolkit that they can use for the rest of their lives.”

“The MAELM International program is very deserving of this national award for its contribution to educational change in China,” said Jo Axe, director, School of Education and Technology. “We look forward to the opportunity to continue developing programs that offer mutual learning experiences that are relevant to Chinese educators.” 

China’s educational reforms, announced in 2010, mean school administrators have more responsibility for implementing changes such as a locally-developed curriculum, increased parental involvement, and improved community relations.

RRU has been working closely with the Beijing Municipal Education Commission, Beijing Institute of Education and Royalbridge Consulting to provide graduate-level training to existing and aspiring school administrators working in Beijing-area school districts. During this period, the MAELM program has expanded from initially working with two school districts to, at present, 13 of the possible 16 school districts in Beijing. Over the last three years, more than 70 school leaders have graduated from the program.

All participants are senior school administrators who have been chosen by the Beijing Municipal Education Commission to study in the program. The program involves one year of intensive full-time study beginning with a six-month residency in Beijing. Along with a 12-week ESL preparatory component, this residency involves RRU faculty travelling to Beijing to teach five courses. The second half of the program involves a six-month residency in Victoria, where they take an additional five courses at RRU, complete their major research paper, stay with local families, and visit numerous schools and institutions on Vancouver Island. As a result of the MAELM studies, graduates are making substantive progress in implementing reforms in their schools.  

The Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) is a catalyst for internationalization of the Canadian education sector. With a membership of more than 150 education providers and a network of strategic partners throughout Canada and around the globe, CBIE promotes global learning by mobilizing expertise, knowledge, opportunity and leadership.