31st October 2018
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Sixth-formers at British schools are two years ahead of Americans in their maturity, intelligence and cosmopolitan outlook, according to the head of admissions at an Ivy League university.
Eric Furda, dean of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, said that pupils he met in Britain had a broader sense of geography and politics and would bring new perspectives to campuses in the US.
He praised their high academic standards and said that academic rigour and a cosmopolitan aspect created “truly global students”.
On a visit to North London Collegiate School, a private girls’ school, he said: “Even in comparison to students from some of the top schools in the US, the young people in the UK specifically have a level of maturity and overall awareness that puts them a couple of years ahead of the American student.”
Thousands of British teenagers apply to universities in the US, many of which offer generous bursaries. Deadlines are looming for next year’s courses and some American institutions have set up offices in Britain or sent staff to encourage sixth-formers to apply.
In 2016-17, 11,489 British students were studying at US universities, up from 8,438 a decade earlier.
King’s College School, Wimbledon to establish an international school in Bangkok
The movers behind King’s College International School Bangkok – a new institution set to be established at the heart of Bangkok through collaboration with the UK top-tier King’s College School, Wimbledon – aim to help turn Thailand into a leading education hub of Asia
Excellent Education of Thailand (XET) has signed an agreement with King’s College School, Wimbledon to establish an international school offering a world-class education.
It will be built on Ratchadaphisek-Rama III Road, with plans for the first school year in 2020.
Founded in 1829, King’s College School, Wimbledon – widely known as King’s – is a top independent school in the UK.
Currently led by Andrew Halls, the headmaster, King’s is consistently placed within the top five schools in the UK’s national league tables.
Prof Sakorn Suksriwong, president of XET Group, said: “We have spent years researching and screening schools with best-in-class teaching standards and a shared vision to collaborate with. Then we met with King’s College School, Wimbledon and we were very impressed with not only the high academic-achieving results, but also the passion in educating children to become well-rounded individuals with high intellectual capabilities.
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