Online learning from Eton to reach schools in China

Eton College will be offering online learning to students in China as part of a new global venture into online learning called EtonX.

Eton schoolboys online in class

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Eton College will be offering online learning to students in China as part of a new global venture into online learning called EtonX.EtonX will partner with leading schools in China to deliver English-medium Eton-style courses on leadership skills. The EtonX Modern Leadership Programme, which will be launched this September, will focus on the development of key leadership skills in such areas as communication and collaboration.The programme aims to better prepare students for higher education in such countries as the UK and the US, and for the modern, global workplace. It is expected to gain popularity amongst the growing number of Chinese-owned bilingual schools throughout the country where English is one of the languages for learning.Simon Walsh, chief executive officer of EtonX told Re:locate Global that the programme has also been piloted in a foreign-owned international school in China. "We've trialled with two campuses of a very prestigious international chain," he said. "The students at the school were already getting some of the leadership skills, but the programme was able to enhance these." Simon Walsh added that EtonX sees most potential supporting Chinese nationals seeking higher education and employment in the west.The Modern Leadership Programme is a blended course consisting of three components involving online learning, one-to-one live online tuition by Eton-trained tutors in the UK, and in-class collaborative group activities."Eton has a long history educating students to the highest standard," said James Stanforth, Head of Digital Education at Eton College. "Through EtonX we will be able to share our best teaching practices and our tested course programme with Chinese teachers and give Chinese students the opportunity to practise their collaboration and communication skills. We're excited to take Eton into this new online project."In May 2015, Re:locate Global reported on the move by Head of Eton College, Tony Little to Chief Education Officer at the international school group GEMS Education this autumn where he talked about the potential of 'bottling the Eton effect'.For more Re:locate news and features about education, click here

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