What is it about?

Factual historical illustration of how international accreditation through three prominent agencies became the first foreign transplanted system into rapidly changing China through the authors' first-hand involvement.

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Why is it important?

This is an illustration of the importance of vision, courage, systematic planning and engagement with relevant parties in filling a need within an ideological driven state system to enhance quality of education in international schools and the application of research to find and adopt a model that facilitated that change.


This work began through the efforts of the host country author who demonstrated understanding, flexibility, and constant devotion to the adoption of important indicators (standards) to validate the quality of a burgeoning number of international schools in China. How this was done is as important historically as getting it done. The article is a condensed version of the first author's PhD thesis. The translation and condensation took nearly four years due to education concepts in English that do not exist or have a different meaning in Chinese language, involving over 20 people in the review process to be sure the context is correct.

Tom Ulmet
Association of China and Mongolia International Schools

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This page is a summary of: The Origin of NCCT International School Accreditation in China, Journal of Research in International Education, March 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1475240919837008.
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