29 Apr, 2020
10 : 00
While most industries have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has not stopped universities to continue their 2020 admissions process.
As we welcome this new season of spring, our Yew Chung and Yew Wah final year students have been receiving news of offers from outstanding universities, reaping the rewards of their years of hard work at school.
Whether it may be an Ivy League university or a university with a discipline they are passionate about, in a new city they will soon call home, they are ready to embark on another bright, new chapter of their lives.
Over 250 of our graduates, from YCIS Hong Kong, YCIS Shanghai, YCIS Beijing, YCIS Chongqing and YCIS Qingdao, to YWIES Shanghai, YWIES Guangzhou and YWIES Yantai, have received more than 800 offers from worldwide universities and institutions of higher education.
Our graduates will soon attend world renowned universities that are celebrated for their extraordinary talents and achievements, including comprehensive universities such as University of Oxford, Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley, as well as top liberal arts colleges such as the long-established Wellesley College.
Prestigious institutions including Parsons School of Design in the United States, Pratt Institute, Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD) and École hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) in Switzerland, are also on the list of university acceptances, which are well-known for their high selectivity and tough admission requirements.
In addition, our graduates are also accepted into distinguished universities in Asia including Waseda University in Japan, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Yale-NUS College in Singapore, The University of Hong Kong and Peking University.
The outstanding performance of our first cohort of gradates at YWIES Shanghai Lingang is also worth mentioning. As of April 10, 2020, the 12 graduates have received a total of 62 offers from leading universities including The London School of Economics and Political Science, University College London, University of St Andrews, The University of Sydney, University of Adelaide and top art schools in the United States. In addition, five of our students have been awarded scholarships.
University Offers (Partial)
University of Oxford: YCIS Shanghai
Imperial College London: YCIS Shanghai, YCIS Hong Kong
The London School of Economics and Political Science: YWIES Shanghai Lingang, YCIS Hong Kong
University College London: YWIES Yantai, YWIES Shanghai Lingang, YWIES Guangzhou, YCIS Shanghai, YCIS Hong Kong
University of Edinburgh: YWIES Shanghai Lingang, YCIS Qingdao, YCIS Beijing, YCIS Shanghai, YCIS Hong Kong
University of St Andrews: YWIES Shanghai Lingang, YCIS Shanghai, YCIS Hong Kong
King’s College London: YWIES Shanghai Lingang, YWIS Guangzhou, YCIS Shanghai, YCIS Beijing, YCIS Hong Kong
The University of Manchester: YWIES Guangzhou, YWIES Yantai, YWIES Shanghai Lingang, YCIS Hong Kong, YCIS Shanghai
University of Warwick: YWIES Shanghai Lingang, YCIS Shanghai, YCIS Hong Kong, YCIS Beijing
Columbia University: YCIS Beijing, YCIS Hong Kong
Wellesley College: YCIS Hong Kong
The University of California, Berkeley: YCIS Shanghai, YCIS Hong Kong
Emory University: YCIS Hong Kong
University of Southern California: YCIS Shanghai
The University of Michigan: YCIS Shanghai
New York University: YCIS Qingdao, YCIS Shanghai, YCIS Hong Kong
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: YWIES Guangzhou, YCIS Shanghai, YCIS Hong Kong
Parsons School of Design: YCIS Hong Kong
Pratt Institute: YWIES Shanghai Gubei, YWIES Shanghai Lingang, YCIS Shanghai
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD): YWIES Shanghai Gubei, YWIES Shanghai Lingang, YCIS Shanghai
Berklee College of Music: YWIES Shanghai Gubei, YWIES Guangzhou
Other Countries and Regions
University of Toronto: YWIES Yantai, YCIS Shanghai
University of British Columbia: YWIES Yantai, YCIS Shanghai, YCIS Beijing
McGill University: YCIS Shanghai
École hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL): YCIS Shanghai, YCIS Hong Kong
The University of Sydney: YWIES Shanghai Lingang, YCIS Shanghai
Waseda University: YCIS Shanghai
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology: YCIS Beijing
Yale-NUS College: YCIS Shanghai
The University of Hong Kong: YCIS Hong Kong, YCIS Shanghai, YCIS Chongqing, YCIS Beijing, YWIES Shanghai Lingang
The Chinese University of Hong Kong: YCIS Hong Kong, YCIS Shanghai, YCIS Chongqing, YCIS Beijing, YWIES Shanghai Lingang
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology: YCIS Hong Kong, YCIS Shanghai, YCIS Chongqing, YCIS Beijing
Peking University: YCIS Shanghai
Shanghai Jiao Tong University: YCIS Shanghai
Competition for admission into prestigious universities worldwide is becoming increasingly intense, and so we know how difficult this process must have been for our students. Without the determination and perseverance to achieve their goals, they would not have been able to reach the achievements as they have now.
Staff at the University Guidance Office in Yew Chung and Yew Wah have worked alongside each of our graduates and their parents in the past four years. From advising them in selecting the most suitable courses, to planning for their future career development with personality tests and identifying the most suitable schools, our staff, students and parents have worked and made decisions as a team.
Preparing university admissions for our Year 10-13 students is truly a unique and unforgettable journey, as each student needs to stand out among thousands of other candidates with personal statements, letters of recommendation and interviews.
Each of our one-on-one university counselling sessions are underpinned by six questions “who, why, what, when, where and how”: Who are you? Why do you wish to study at this school? What do you wish to learn? When and where are you planning to go? How would you achieve that?
In order to ensure that our students are admitted into universities and areas of study of their choice, it is essential for them to have clear and flexible plans outlining their abilities and future prospects.
It is important to understand that university ranking fluctuates each year and does not fairly represent the true strengths and culture of a school. Therefore, students and parents should see ranking as an indicator to show the quality of a programme, but not as the final answer when choosing a school.
More importantly, students should consider if the curriculum matches with their interests and expectations of a chosen career. Oftentimes, students find a university’s culture and style of teaching, as well as the climate and atmosphere of a city, to be the decisive factors in choosing the perfect school.
Some students also have added pressure from their families, as elite families in East Asia emphasise the return on investment in education for their children from attending a prestigious school. However, how can our students enjoy and fully immerse into a new learning environment if they are not passionate about the place?
Instead of believing that there is "a best school", we should shift our thinking to "a best school for me", so that each student sets clear goals to enter the school that best fits their learning interests.
Rather than rote learning, purely working to attain high scores to gain admission into distinguished schools, as educators, we are proud to see our students cultivate their own interests, follow their passions by choosing areas of study in STEAM and other disciplines, thus embodying our values in holistic education.
The gifts we wish to give to our Yew Chung and Yew Wah graduates are to have strong wills and healthy minds, the tenacity to face any challenges, curiosity and a lifelong love of learning, and more importantly, the spirit and kindness of a servant-leader willing to contribute and make this world a better place.
“Know thyself”, the Ancient Greek aphorism inscribed in the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, has gifted us an advice of living a meaningful life by first understanding who we are. It is after learning about ourselves that we can move on to the next stage, to “become thyself”.
To our graduates: keep up your good work, and you will soon enter the doors of the world’s most prominent universities. It will be a rich and diverse place for you to live freely, think freely, and to learn to be responsible for each of the choices that you make.
This is not only a time for you to rejoice and celebrate your university admission, but also a time for you to start asking “What can I do for my university?”
The Alumni Network
Yew Chung and Yew Wah alumni are spread across the world. We ask all our graduates to subscribe to our alumni WeChat official account and join us at our alumni engagement platform Yewtopia.