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Shenzhen Office’s Milestone Move and Oxford University Interviewer Forum

By Yiran Zhuo, research fellow of ASI Global

October 15, 2023 UPDATED 12:17 AM. GMT+8

On September 23rd, the GEC Shenzhen Regional Office celebrated a momentous occasion by commemorating its relocation, signifying a pivotal moment in GEC’s growth story. This move reflects a substantial step forward for the GEC Shenzhen Regional Office, highlighting its dedication to delivering innovative educational programs and services in partnership with prominent entities in the academic and technology sectors within the Greater Bay Area. It also signifies the beginning of a new chapter in GEC’s mission to continue providing enriched and accessible learning experiences for students.

A Chinese-Style Relocation Ceremony

The relocation ceremony was a vibrant blend of traditions and modernity, as a captivating lion dance performance, symbolizing good fortune and prosperity, kicked off the festivities. Esteemed representatives from GEC’s partner organizations, including ArnoBio, OxfordAQA, Shanghai Jiao Tong University - GEC Center of Innovative Design for Interdisciplinary Studies, etc., graced the event. Colleagues from GEC’s offline marketing, business development, and consultancy departments were also in attendance, sharing the joy of the moment.

Ribbon Cutting Moment at Shenzhen Regional Office

Office View of the New GEC Regional Office in Shenzhen

As part of the grand relocation celebration, GEC also hosted the Oxford University Interviewer Forum immediately following the unveiling of the Shenzhen office. This forum provided a dynamic platform for over 100 distinguished guests from the Greater Bay Area, including university leaders, pioneers in the technology and innovation sector, outstanding student representatives, and experts in international education. Together, these diverse participants engaged in multifaceted, multi-perspective discussions and explorations centered around the theme of nurturing internationalized innovative talent.

Mr. Sheng Yan, President of GEC Academy Giving Opening Address at the Forum

During the forum, Mr. Lingbo Lyu, the Academic Director of OxfordAQA International Qualifications, presented an insightful analysis of A-level data and trends for 2023. The forum also had the privilege of hosting Professor Arhat Virdi, a Senior Faculty member from the University of Oxford, who shares a profound appreciation for GEC’s education philosophy and has enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with GEC Academy as an instructor for years, brought experience as an admissions interviewer for the Finance and Economics Department at the University of Oxford. He shared invaluable insights into the admissions criteria and processes at the University of Oxford. The forum concluded with a stimulating round-table discussion exploring the topic of Cultivating Future-Oriented Internationalized Innovative Talent. Through this deep exchange of ideas, it provided invaluable insights to shape the future of international education.

The Round-table Discussion on Cultivating Future-Oriented Internationalized Innovative Talent

(From left to right, the individuals in the photo are: Mr. Sheng Yan, President of GEC Academy; Professor Arhat Virdi, Senior Faculty at the University of Oxford; Mr. Lihao Yang, Head of Quality Education for AP & A-Level Programs at Guangzhou Foreign Language School; Miss Shuchen Li, a G12 Student Representative at Shenzhen College of International Education.)

At GEC, besides sharing the excitement of the Shenzhen office’s relocation, we would also like to express our gratitude for the dedication of our teaching faculty, the support of our business partners, and the contributions of our GEC colleagues. Looking ahead, we will remain committed to expanding collaborations with additional educational resources and Chinese universities to enhance educational services for a broader student community.

A Group Photo at the Forum

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