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18 Aug 2014

RCHK and SCAD (HK) launch Hong Kong’s first IB career-related programme^

Renaissance College (RCHK) and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Hong Kong are jointly launching Hong Kong’s first ever International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC) programme^ for students commencing their studies in the 2014-15 academic year.

RCHK, as part of the English Schools Foundation (ESF), is the first in East Asia and the seventh worldwide to be authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to offer all four IB programmes*, and therefore provide a continuum of education for students from the age of 4 to 18, while including a career-related option in the last two years of high school.

“RCHK has a broad area of focus on creativity and innovation while SCAD Hong Kong always takes a student-centred approach to educate some of the most creative students in the world. I am sure the partnership between us will go well,” said Dr Harry Brown, Principal of RCHK. “Students will be able to get access to SCAD Hong Kong’s state-of-the-art facilities and make connections with artists and professionals practising in the creative industry.”

Students enrolled in the IBCC^ will participate in the programme in Years 12 and 13. They have to take at least two IB Diploma courses and an IBCC^ core, including approaches to learning, community and service and language development, which are offered and assessed by RCHK and then moderated by the IBO.

SCAD Hong Kong will provide five courses for the students over the two years but in exceptional cases, students may take the sixth course by paying an additional cost. The SCAD courses that students take will make up approximately one third of the IBCC programme^.

“The pioneering programme provides an exclusive opportunity for talented high school students to experience SCAD’s interdisciplinary approach to higher education. The partnership with ESF demonstrates SCAD’s strength as a leader in art and design education and its strong commitment to preparing students to be leaders and entrepreneurs in the large and growing global creative community,” said Robert Dickensheets, Vice President of SCAD Hong Kong.

Students will be able to get support directly from SCAD Hong Kong on higher education opportunities in the field of art and design. They can get access to artist talks, lectures, career pathway discussions, and other events and programmes put on by SCAD Hong Kong on its campus. All equipment and technology available on campus will also be open to students.

Three students from RCHK have already enrolled in the programme which will commence in September. The number of students enrolled is kept small in the first year and will expand gradually so that maximum support and care can be offered to them.

“The IBCC^ is an amazing opportunity which allows me to focus on developing my skills and knowledge which are specifically related to my future career path,” said Casey Chan, a Year 12 student at RCHK who has enrolled in the programme.

Casey’s peer Paul Lee said: “The IBCC^ is the right course for me as it allows me to improve my preferred subjects while giving experience of university life without breaking ties between friends.”

“The programme ensures that I will be able to achieve my goals of indulging into the world of design by giving me a university level experience,” said Chris Fung, another Year 12 student at RCHK who has enrolled in the programme.

The IBCC^ is an innovative educational framework for students aged 16 to 19 years old. It is tailor-made for students who wish to engage in career-related learning while providing them with both IB Diploma courses and IB core components. On gaining the IBCC^, students will progress to full bachelor degrees or foundation courses at universities and colleges worldwide if their grades warrant such progression.

In the seven ESF secondary schools, about 150 Year 13 students take art and design-related subjects every year. That makes up to roughly 15 per cent of the total number of students in that cohort.

“The IBCC programme^ will open up a completely new approach for talented students who have strong determination to develop a creative career. The innovative approach is that students take university level courses while still at high school,” said Chris Durbin, Secondary School Development Adviser at ESF.

Any ESF or non-ESF students who are interested in the IBCC programme^ should contact RCHK’s admissions office as soon as possible for this academic year as the course has already commenced.

*The four International Baccalaureate programmes for students aged three to 19 are IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP), Middle Years Programme (IBMYP), Diploma Programme (IBDP) and IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC)^.

Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. From left to right: Dr Harry Brown, Principal of RCHK, Robert Dickensheets, Vice President of SCAD Hong Kong and Chris Durbin, Secondary School Development Adviser at ESF.

Press briefing at RCHK on the launch of the IBCC^. From left to right: Dr Harry Brown, Principal of RCHK, Virginia Adair Mathis, Director of Admission at SCAD Hong Kong, Belinda Greer, Chief Executive Officer of ESF and three Year 12 students of RCHK who have enrolled in the IBCC programme^ Paul Lee, Chris Fung and Casey Chan. 

Three Year 12 students of RCHK who have enrolled in the IBCC programme^. From left to right: Paul Lee, Chris Fung and Casey Chan.

^The International Baccalaureate Organisation has announced that as of 16 November 2014, the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC) will be renamed as the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (CP).