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Harrow Beijing students break stereotypes that Asian students can only succeed at Maths and Sciences

John Hopkins, the Assistant Head master, Communications of Harrow Beijing with Students in the Class.
John Hopkins, the Assistant Head master, Communications of Harrow Beijing with Students in the Class.

It was not so long ago that many people believed that Asian students struggled to learn to speak and write in English. As Chinese and other Asian students are now amongst the top students in the top-100 universities in the world, that notion has been rightly condemned as a fallacy. With that said, speaking English does not necessarily mean that a student will be able to gain a high score on an A-level exam.

History is an obvious example of a subject where Asian students might be considered to be at a disadvantage as much of the curriculum assumes knowledge of western history. Cambridge International AS and A-level History is a flexible and wide-ranging syllabus covering modern history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The emphasis is on building the skills used by historians. Learners develop an understanding of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference, and use historical evidence as part of their studies. In recent Year 12 AS exams, 60% of Harrow Beijing students received As, with 90% achieving As or Bs.

Geography has long been a strong subject at Harrow Beijing and this year has been no different. Results at AS were 50% of the students achieving A* grades. Chelsea F. and Emily D. achieved 100% in both AS and A2 exams which means that they can now apply to the world’s best universities. For A2, 100% of students achieved A-B grades. Globally, geography has never been more relevant as it allows students to understand the issues affecting the world and encourages them to come up with solutions.

Harrow Beijing A-level Students in the Class.

And lastly, Business and Economics have also been a part of this trend. This year results at A2 level Business and Economics saw 70% of students achieve an A in Economics and 50% achieve an A in Business. Results such as those above have afforded our students the opportunity to attend the top universities around the world. Studying Business or Economics is fascinating as it teaches students how economic analysis can help us to understand the big themes of the 21st century – poverty, inequality, globalisation and trade, and the contrasting experiences of success and failure in the economies of different regions of the world.

In order to succeed in their studies of the aforementioned subjects, students need very high levels of language and literacy. Throughout their time at Harrow Beijing, the students currently achieving great success in their AS and A2 exams have received support with developing their language skills. The Language and Learning (L&L) department and Harrow’s implementation of ‘Content Language Integrated Learning’ (CLIL) has ensured that students have achieved the language levels required to be truly successful in whatever subjects they decide to study.

The successes of our students in a range of subjects is being reflected in the diversity of subjects they are choosing to study at university. From Fine Arts to Sociology, from Management to Politics, and Philosophy and Economics, Harrow Beijing students are choosing subjects that reflect the broadening of the Chinese economy.

As a part of the school mission of ‘Leadership for a Better World’, Harrow Beijing is currently offering A-level scholarships. For details, please see: www.harrowbeijing.cn/admissions/jba-scholarship

By John Hopkins, Assistant Head master, Communications of Harrow Beijing.

AC Energy, AMI signs US$83 million deal to jointly develop 80-MW Solar Plant in Vietnam

Solar Energy in Vietnam

AC Energy and AMI

15/10/2018 – AC Energy Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Philippine-listed conglomerate Ayala Corp, has entered into an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with AMI Renewables Energy Joint Stock Co for the development of two solar plants in Vietnam.

According to a disclosure to the Philippines Stock Exchange, the solar plants will be built in the provinces of Khanh Hoa & Dak Lak with a total capacity of 80 megawatts.

This brings the development project to an estimated valuation of US$83 million that will be financed with debt and equity, according to AC Energy.

The company will also maintain a 30 percent voting stake and about 50 percent economic share, which translates to an investment amount exceeding US$40 million.

Indovina Bank of Vietnam and RCBC of the Philippines will provide non-recourse financing for the Dak Lak and Khanh Hoa projects respectively.

“We appreciate the strong commitment of Vietnam government to promote renewables, and the strong support from our banking partners that are providing project finance,” said AC Energy president and CEO Eric T. Francia.

For AC Energy, this marks the second renewable energy platform in Vietnam, having previously forged a partnership with another Vietnam-based firm, BIM Group, to jointly develop over 300 megawatts of solar projects in Vietnam’s Ninh Thuan province in January 2018.

Last year, AC Energy formed a platform company with AMI Renewables to build renewable energy plants in Vietnam, which includes a 352-megawatt wind project in Quang Binh.

“AC Energy is very keen to participate in the fast-growing Vietnam power sector, with pioneering investments in renewable energy,” said Francia.

The Vietnam solar projects are part of AC Energy’s overall goal of expanding beyond the Philippines and growing its presence in Southeast Asian markets. The company aims to exceed 5 gigawatts of attributed capacity and generate at least 50 percent of energy from renewables by 2025.

In related news, AC Energy earlier announced plans to sell as much as 50 percent of its thermal or coal energy assets to raise up to US$1 billion that will finance its regional expansion plans.

AC Energy is the energy platform of Ayala, one of the largest business groups in the Philippines. The company has over US$1 billion of invested and committed equity in renewable & thermal energy in the Philippines and surrounding region.

AC Energy previously announced it was scaling up its international renewable energy platform through its strong investment portfolio that includes 1.2 gigawatts of solar and wind capacity investment in Vietnam, 400 megawatts of wind and geothermal capacity in Indonesia, and 1.7 gigawatts of solar and wind capacity in Australia.

Moving forward, AC Energy also plans to develop another 600 megawatt of solar capacity and 200 megawatts of wind capacity in the Philippines over the next five years.