CERNET Education and OESIS Group Launch OESIS-X

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A new school to school online platform, OESIS-X, allows Chinese students to take quality high school courses from elite U.S. independent schools and their teachers without leaving China.

CERNET Education and OESIS Group announce the launch of an online platform and service to meet the significant Chinese student interest in US secondary school education. A school to school network, OESIS-X, offers Chinese high school students the ability to take diploma credit carrying courses, online in China, from prestigious US-based high schools.

The courses, known in the US as sheltered courses for their integration of ESL support into the regular curriculum, have been formulated and recognized for over 20 years by US Colleges, in order to meet the ESL needs of the 4.5 million Spanish speaking students in US schools. OESIS-X, is bringing these courses to the Chinese market through the OESIS network of over 500 prestigious US independent schools and the extensive CERNET network in China. Independent schools place significant emphasis on quality instruction and so these courses will offer synchronous online live teaching from the US and classroom support in China.

Yidong Zhu, President of CERNET Education, said today: “Chinese students are looking for ways to burnish their credentials when applying to US high schools and Colleges. These diploma-credit carrying courses offer not only quality education but evidence in the form of a transcript that they are culturally capable of succeeding in US learning contexts. The OESIS network brings schools with not only great reputations, long histories, and College credibility but also an understanding of online learning and Chinese students.”

Sanje Ratnavale, President of OESIS Group said today: “In CERNET Education, we have an institutional and governmental partner in China with unmatched technology resources, educational credentials and most importantly legs on the ground that can support this initiative across China. Given their presence in the US, they also represent a partner that understands the needs and requirements of the US market. We are excited to launch OESIS-X, our school to school platform into China.”

Ray Ravaglia, the Founder of Stanford Online High School, said today: “The bedrock of online learning is no different to learning on campus. It is the quality of the instruction online from accredited sources with sterling reputations matched with tailored curriculum that carries the day. Speaking as a board member of OESIS Group, we believe we have found an approach that we think can work well for all parties.”

Steve Loy, Head of School of Rutgers Prep School, a 250-year-old school in New Jersey, said today: “We have been involved in bridge programs, accreditations, teacher training and exchanges in China for many years. We are excited to be part of OESIS-X because it brings together a well-supported package of benefits and resources for all involved.”

Richard Branson, Head of School of Indian Creek School in Maryland, said today: “These sheltered courses will deepen our Blended Learning portfolio of already close to 20 courses. Having attended OESIS Shanghai in April and hearing the significant Chinese government statements about the importance of online learning for Chinese schools, we are ready to invest our people, resources and reputation in this pioneering initiative.”

Christopher Brueningsen, Head of School of the Kiski School, a Boys Boarding School in Pennsylvania established in 1888, said today: “We are excited about offering our Integrated Math (Algebra 1/Geometry) classes and Pre-Calculus classes in a sheltered format with OESIS-X because we have been doing online courses for over 5 years. OESIS-X is the first properly structured online initiative that we have seen that offers us all the elements necessary to extend our brand externally in the online.”

Mark Davis, Head of School of St. Luke’s School (CT), an 88-year-old independent school in Connecticut, said today: “St. Luke’s School has been pleased to partner with OESIS and learn from OESIS since its inception. Our growing cohort of blended courses - including mastery-based courses in Latin and Engineering – seem perfectly aligned with the goals and platform of OESIS-X. Not only that, but the opportunity for our teachers to work in partnership with Chinese teachers means that these and other courses we develop in the future will accelerate the professional growth of our teachers while also serving the needs of Chinese students.”

About CERNET Education
CERNET (China Educational and Research Network) is China's first and largest national academic Internet backbone, and currently the second largest network backbone in China. CERNET is supported by the Chinese government and directly managed by the Ministry of Education. Its clients include more than 2000 universities, research institutions, and education centers, reached by more than 25 million end users.

CERNET Education is the biggest subsidiary Corp of CERNET. It has been focusing on international and online education since its inception. Its infrastructure in both China and US has enabled thousands of students to participate in US schools. CERNET Education’s mission is focused on global education.

About OESIS Group
OESIS Group is an innovation network of over 500 prestigious independent schools. Its mission is to catalyze the considerable 21st century opportunities for independent school growth. It operates conferences and symposia across the world with its anchor events being in Los Angeles, Boston, London and Shanghai and offers research on blended and online education. OESIS-X is its school to school platform.

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