April 10, 2017 8:35 AM
Educators from top high schools and other associated entities in Beijing and Guangdong visited Mid-Pacific to learn more about Mid-Pacific's programs on April 6, 2017. The delegation of 22 Chinese educators was coordinated by the Hawaii State Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) and Study Hawaii Educational Consortium, which Mid-Pacific Institute is a part of.
Member institutions of Study Hawaii include language schools, private K-12 schools, community colleges, and four-year universities committed to expanding opportunities for international students in the state of Hawaii. Study Hawaii works with DBEDT to participate in educational tours and international fairs to help raise the profile of Hawaii as a top destination for study abroad and recruit international students.
Several Mid-Pacific students from China took the visitors around campus, visiting classes such as Forensics, MPX9, Tech 21, Contemporary Dance, and 6th Grade. Junior Emmy Gao '18 from Beijing shared that the educators were deeply impressed by the curriculum of the Forenscis and MPX courses, which China does not offer in Middle or High School.
By the end of the tour, they left with many of their questions answered including "What is Mid-Pacific trying to teach? What are the students trying to accomplish? What is the purpose of their learning?" They could see the learning happening through advanced technology and hoped to be able to introduce the iPad, laptop, 3D printer, laser printer, virtual reality goggles, and more into their own schools in China.