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VSA Appoints Dr. Zhou Zejun (Gary) as Director of Chinese Studies

Posted on: Thursday 13 Oct 2016

VSA sets to become a hub of Chinese culture and heritage with the appointment of Dr. Zhou Zejun (Gary) as Director of Chinese Studies

Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA) has appointed Dr. Zhou Zejun (Gary) as its Director of Chinese Studies. The appointment will support VSA’s strategic vision to establish itself as a hub of Chinese culture that promotes and develops pride in Chinese heritage.

In his new role, Dr. Zhou will oversee VSA's Chinese programmes across the PYP, MYP and DP programmes. His oversight will ensure a smooth transition across programmes that support students to build a strong foundation in Chinese language and love for Chinese heritage. In addition, he will develop the school's China programme and oversee the organisation of a summer programme.

Dr. Zhou has nearly 20 years of experience in the education sector, having worked in the IB curriculum in Shanghai and Beijing in China. His last held position was that of Elementary School Principal of Beijing Huijia Private School (IB) in China. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Dean of International Student Division & Foreign Language Education Centre, and the Foreign Affairs Officer at Shanghai Pinghe School (IB), China. He also taught the International and Comparative Education Programme at the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington in the U.S.

During his time in the U.S., Dr. Zhou pursued a doctoral degree in Comparative and International Education with a research focus on the IB. He believes that the IB curriculum humanizes students and harmonizes the world. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Shanghai International Studies University.

Dr. Judith Guy, Head of Academy at VSA, remarked: “I am extremely excited having Dr. Zhou on board at VSA. His expertise and experience will help to enrich our Chinese studies. VSA students will benefit tremendously from his language strategies and initiatives that will propel VSA to be a strong Chinese language and cultural learning centre.”

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