General Study Program (GSP): Overview
Study Program (Canadian Curricula) (hereinafter referred to as GSP), a program
provided by Canadian National Education Exchange Center (CNEEC) and its
cooperative universities in China, is a supplement to insufficient Chinese
degree education. The GSP is designed for
students who intend to undertake further study towards undergraduate degrees in
Canada. The objective of the GSP is to reduce obstacles for Chinese students in
obtaining international education while at the same time creating a
supplementary pool of qualified students from which Canadian universities can
complement their international student recruitment.
brings Chinese higher education more in line with international practices, helps
it become higher education at international standards, and provides students who
want to study abroad with a reliable and high-quality way to do so. The GSP is
subordinated directly to the university that CNEEC cooperates with and is a
colleague of this university. Relying on the faculties in Chinese universities,
the GSP is supervised by the leadership in cooperative universities and the
CNEEC, employs a higher education system and standards used by Canadian
universities, and offers 2 years towards bachelor¡¯s degree education at
international standards. The GSP is currently operating in Shandong University and Southwest
at the GSP study for two years in China during which time the GSP provides
students with university undergraduate level courses in two disciplines:
Science/Engineering and Economics/Commerce. The students study general and
prerequisite courses towards an internationally accepted bachelor¡¯s degree.
Each discipline includes 20 basic transferable courses amounting to 60 credits
towards their majors. Furthermore, the GSP employs original English-version
textbooks for all the courses that are taught both in English and Chinese. The
examinations and students¡¯ assignment are all in English and the syllabus,
course descriptions, examination methods, and grading principles all comply with
international standards. Simultaneously, all of the students at the GSP
experience continuous intensive English learning including listening, spoken
English, writing and reading. After completing their studies at the GSP,
qualified students are directly transferred into the third year¡¯s study at
Canadian universities. There they
continue their education for the last two years, in order to complete the
bachelor¡¯s degree which is granted by the university he or she attends. Both
the applications for Canadian universities and the student visa applications are
processed and completed by CNEEC. Therefore, the GSP is a reliable and efficient
program for students who plan to pursue further
undergraduate education in Canadian universities.
GSP focuses on the differences between Chinese and Canadian education systems
and provides opportunities to students who wish to have access to higher
education and have the financial ability to afford study abroad. Due to the
twentieth phenomenon in China, the GSP attracts the ¡°twentieth¡± students
who do not make the grade in China, but are still very good students to the
target universities, and cultivates the best of them. The acceptance model
employed by the GSP, which is internationally standardized, avoids the
unfairness inherent in the Chinese university entrance examination. In
recruitment, the GSP pays more attention to students¡¯ overall performance in
senior high school and considers their scores of all subjects; performance in
class and extracurricular activities, as well as the score on the university entrance examination (which
becomes just one of the references). Students of high quality who have great
potential are the ideal targets. In this way, the GSP helps many Chinese
students realize their value and while at the same time becoming an excellent
educational resource exporting to Canada.
to other means of overseas study, and the drawbacks mentioned above, the GSP has
It is reliable.
It is systematic and standardized higher education.
It is widely applicable.
It saves on expenses.
It is effective joint education.
It has high quality management, facilities and teachers.
It has promising prospects.
Canadian National Education Exchange Centre Inc., 2006