Yew Chung is celebrating its 80th anniversary this academic year. Starting with the Founder’s Day, over 5,500 students and 1,500 staff members, from all YCIS campuses across Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Qingdao on mainland China, and Silicon Valley in the US, will honour the milestone and highlight the school's spirit of success, achievement and integration.
Eighty years can be a lifetime. For Yew Chung it is a momentous stage and a chance to honour its founder, Madam Tsang Chor-hang, and her legacy, which is still receiving world recognition today. Madam Tsang was inspired to provide education to young children, starting in 1932 in Hong Kong. Her strength, devotion and commitment bore fruits as she continued through decades of much change in the region.
Over the eight decades since, YCIS has remained committed to educating the whole person, combining the best elements of Eastern and Western philosophies. The YCIS international curriculum brings excellence in all-round achievement, and is rooted in bilingual education and multicultural environments. The enhancement of good character formation holds high value in the balanced education provided. Students are given the opportunity to enrich their appreciation, respect and acceptance of other cultures.
During the 1980s and 1990s YCIS made early recognition of a new education path necessary for the youth to prepare for a changing world. This new direction steers students to develop a global mindset to cope with the unknown future. The 21st century society is fast evolving from local to global with the horizons and perspectives widening at an unprecedented pace. The traditional national education is no longer adequate; YCIS has instilled new criteria to the daily education to nurture students with a global mindset and respect for diversity. With proficiency in English and Chinese languages students are able to gain understanding of two major civilisations of the world. YCIS students go beyond borders, develop a global mindset and embrace the world with confidence.
Annually YCIS graduates gain multiple acceptances into highly respected universities, including University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK; Princeton University, Cornell University, Columbia University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley in the US; among other sought-after university placements in Asia and Australasia, adding to the expanding profile of university placements across the world's top universities. YCIS graduates regularly gain scholarships based on their school achievement such as scholarships from Parsons the New School for Design, and Savannah College of Art and Design.
The strength of YCIS education is identified through continuous worldwide recognition. YCIS Director Dr Betty Chan Po-king, daughter of the founder Madam Tsang, was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in recognition of her success in advocating the best practices of both East and West in education and her outstanding contributions in early childhood education. In 2012 the YCIS network of schools was the first in China to be awarded the Cambridge Award for Excellence in Education, with students consistently gaining world and national outstanding academic achievements.
YCIS Hong Kong was awarded the Reader's Digest Trusted Brand Gold Award in the international school category for the second consecutive year in 2012. Reader's Digest collated the annual survey results to show credibility, value, trustworthiness and social responsibility to its customers with clearly winning evident for YCIS.