Emma Seith

How one Scottish private school set up shop in China

More and more private schools are launching in China - but what are the challenges involved, asks Emma Seith

What are the challenges involved in expanding a UK school into China?

Edinburgh’s Merchiston Castle School (MIC) dates back to 1828 (although not the current building) and is set in 100 acres of land, which is home to one of the largest tree collections in Scotland and the ruins of 13th-century Colinton Castle.

However, almost 6,000 miles away in China, a new version of this Scottish institution has sprung up: the Merchiston International School (MIS) in Shenzhen. MIS, though, is just one year old, having opened in September last year, and the building – a former fashion school – is more shimmering high-rise than ancient turreted pile. There is a running ...

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