First established as a university spin-off academic research and policy advisory unit in 2012 in the UK, and then further incorporated in Hong Kong in 2015, International Chinese Academy Education Foundation (or "ICA") is a new-generation private educational organisation dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence and the promotion of Chinese language and culture, with an aim to advance the development of a new paradigm of premium education and the fusion of traditional Chinese principles and modern Western systems in the contemporary global setting.


Founded and led by distinguished international prominent, experienced and innovative educators, academics, policy makers and leaders from the legal and commercial sectors from the UK, Hong Kong and China, ICA seeks to be part of the intellectual growth of the young generation as they develop into all-rounded citizens. ICA also aims to revitalise and globalise traditional Chinese culture to cope with Hong Kong and Greater China’s ascendancy on the global stage.


ICA’s initiatives in the UK, Hong Kong and China include establishing, managing and operating education institutions, schools, research units and programmes inspired by the century-old Oxbridge and Chinese academies traditions, including but not limited to innovative educational start-up private social enterprise as well as charitable non-profit organizations and programs. It has also established, supported and conducted scholastic think-tanks, scholarships and sponsorships, cultural and educational endowments, as well as academic researches that integrate traditional academic wisdom with established global educational perspectives and methodologies into a new holistic paradigm applicable to the contemporary era in the region to cope with the general societal development. 


The Chinese name of ICA, Jìn Dé (晉德), represents the Foundation’s commitment to and perseverance for the best education. The Chinese word “Jìn” is one of the 64 archetypes from the ancient Chinese classic Yìjīng. With the meaning of “progress”, “Jìn” symbolizes individuals who excel with their intelligence, wisdom and talents. The word “Dé”, literally meaning “virtues”, comes from the saying “The virtuous bears duties onerous” in the Yìjīng, to indicate that persons (gentlemen 君子) who are virtuous, broad-minded and knowledgeable are trusted with major responsibilities. “Jìn” and “Dé” are our goals for the remarkable young leaders of the future.


International Chinese Academy Education Foundation in partnership with Confucius Hall which is the sponsoring of Chinese Academy, a school aimed at providing the most premium education to students in Hong Kong, starting with the Chinese Academy Primary School (CAPS). With a goal of incorporation of Chinese ideals with western education styles, CAPS is dedicated to offering the most comprehensive education to students, and to provide the best preparation for the students’ future.


After three years,  the persistent commitment to improve the collaboration between Confucius Hall (hereafter CH) and International Chinese Academy Education Foundation (hereafter ICAEF) have come to fruition.  We are proud to announce the revival of our original plan of merge ICA and CH, where ICA becomes one of CH's subsidiary, similar to that of Confucius Hall Secondary School (CHSS) and World Culture Promulgation Center.


In a recent CH board meeting, the board of directors of CH and ICAEF have resolved that ICAEF will be fully merged with CH in which CH has full authority to the governance of ICAEF. Hand in hand, for the common mission to build a school with goals of promulgating Chinese culture and International perspectives.


Under the leadership of Prof. Kwok Siu Tong, Chairman of CH and ICAEF, ICA will be an arm of CH to accomplish the mission of i) internationaised education, ii) promulgation of Chinese culture and Confucianism, iii) teaching of Chinese Language and Literacy. These three goals contribute to the ambitious cultural goal of contributing to our next generation in the 21st century.

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