Yungu Meaning Partner Intro Growth Support Course Intro

Yungu District

Shuangqiao Village, Sandun Town, is situated where the West Lake District and Yuhang District meet. This area is criss-crossed with waterways, winding towards the Yuhang Tong River; it borders the mountains on the west side with greenery and fresh air. Several historical cultural relics and remains can still be found among the villages. This land will be included into Yungu with the city government policy of West Branch Large Corridor -- Silicone Wonderland, and will soon become the center of National Cloud Computing and Big Data as well as the engine that drives the development of Hangzhou.

The private school funded by Ali partners is also located here, which is named the Yungu School.

The Yungu School is located south to Sujia Road, west to Jingchang Road and east to liangxiang Road. The campus is 543 acres, with a total planned investment over a billion CNY. The elementary school and junior high school of Yungu will be opened in 2017 and kindergartens and high school will be gradually opened, at which point 3,000 students can be accommodated. Yungu School is born in the digital era and will create an open, green and sharing platform based on web via various methods, including Big Data, Cloud Computing and Internet of Things. Therefore, Yungu is based on data, connecting the world in the cloud and its roots under the ground in the valley.

Furthermore, Yungu carries further meanings for the school.

“Cloud”, used as an adjective, can be interpreted as “flourishing.” In the Book of Ode, there is a luxurious and splendid picture of the marriage of the noble female expressed as “the daughter of Qi has returned, with a cloud of attendants”. “Yun,” used as an adjective, can also being interpreted as “high.” It is to depict a person who has loyalty to his friends as “his loyalty reaching to as high as the clouds.” Valley has the meaning of goodness and kindness. In the seasons of Spring and Autumn, the noble clans would name themselves as “carriages without a nave,” meaning as men of small virtue. It is an acknowledgement that in their consideration of themselves, they see the foundation of their dignity. In the Classical Chinese, “the good date” is named as “Valley day”, “a good morning” is named as “the dawn of valley”. “Gu,” used as verb, means as “to give birth” and “rise up”. The Book of Ode depicts having a good harvest as, “That my fields are in such good condition, … and to bless my men and their wives.” Therefore, we take the name of Yungu in the hopes that kindness and nobility are created and cultivated here. Here at Yungu we expect students to have the quality of Yungu which encompasses high ambitions and profound modesty and to become global citizens that are benevolent, independent and responsible with a love for learning that produces great happiness.

Shao Xiaofeng
Secretary-General of Alibaba Group, President of the Group Risk Committee, Head of Yungu School Project, joined Alibaba in 2005.
Peng Lei
Chairman of the Ant Financial Board, joined Alibaba in 1999, one of the 18 founders of Alibaba
Zhang Jianfeng
Chief Technology Officer of Alibaba Group, joined Alibaba in 2004.
Wang Jian
Chairman of Alibaba's Technology Steering Committee, joined Alibaba in 2008.
Jessie Zheng
Chief Platform Governance Officer, Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the Group, joined Alibaba in 2010.
Trudy Dai
President of Wholesale Marketplaces, President of Alibaba B2B Business Group, joined Alibaba in 1999, one of the 18 founders of Alibaba.

Detailed Explanation of Multiple Supporting Systems of Students’ Development

The core value of Yungu is to develop a student-oriented education system. Students are the origin and endpoint of all the work in the school. It is our mission to focus on the students quality of life and to follow students growth patterns and to guide their mental and physical development. To this end, the Yungu School designs a wide variety of student-oriented growth support modes. Aside from traditional classes, the school implements a Mentor System, House System and Elective System.

New Class

New Class System differs from traditional schools, as a new form of class management from the 1st to 5th Grade of Yungu Elementary School (6th Graders will enter a House System to connect with Junior High School). Based on student-based development, a certain number of students are grouped with characteristics such as gender, personality, traits and so on, with a mentor-student ratio of 1:5. Each group corresponds to a professional mentor. The mentor is responsible for the growth of students, creating a personal relationship with the students, respecting the individual differences in the personality. He/she will try to enable every student to become a self-sufficient learner, and eventually to be their best self. Thus, personalized teaching, learning, and nurturing fall into place. At the same time, the mentors collaborate with each other to follow and support a group of students. As the result of the New Class System, each child becomes a better self. 

Mentor System

The Yungu School has a teacher-student ratio of 1:5. This ratio enables Yungu to implement the Mentor System, which is an internationally practiced system in universities. The Mentor System is a "One to One" form of education. Each group of students has an exclusive mentor, and the mentor provides students with support and guidance arranging the academic and social emotional learning of students including manners, attitudes, interests, etc.
The mentors are affectionally known as “Big Buddy”. He or she is not only the teacher of the student, but also a good friend. Compared with subject teachers, mentors focus more on understanding students' character, psychology and interests, and help to build trust and close connections with students. He or she will pay attention to the emotional development and physical and mental health of every student. For lower grade students, the mentor will guide the student to develop good habits, to learn basic life skills and communication skills. For the senior students, mentors are more like their peers, encouraging them to face the challenges in study, to go through growing pains, to clarify life confusion, and to maximize their potential and talent. Our mentor team will work together to manage classes and Houses in a collaborative way. We hope to provide students with more support so that they will better understand and realize themselves in junior high school. The mentors will also play a key role in linking the family and the school. The Mentor System will be introduced at both the elementary and junior high school levels. 

House System

The House System first appeared at the University of Oxford about 900 years ago. The purpose of the system was to provide a mixed age, free and interdisciplinary environment for students. It provides the students an environment which allows them to relax and to break through the thinking obstacles of communication to a more open space. In Yungu, the House is the students’ autonomous community and is the basic organization of students’ self management, self education, cooperation, and democratic practice. The House has exclusive space for activities. Each House has its own name, logo, color, rules and culture. They are more like small communities which are jointly constructed and managed by mentors and students. Here, different grades and students of diverse interests will carry out activities together. Students of different backgrounds can find a sense of belonging and show mutual appreciation. A variety of competitions will be carried out among Houses to enhance the cohesion and sense of honor, and cultivate students' team spirit and leadership. We hope that by giving students critical thinking skills and guidance, we can provide students with opportunities to build good relationships. The end result is that students can get along with people in a complex environment, and achieve all-round education. The House System is practiced in Grade 6, 7, 8 and 9. In 2017, Grade 7 students will have three Houses. 

Elective Class System

The Yungu School focuses on differentiation in students’ development. In the middle and high stage of elementary school, the school will gradually implement the “Dynamic Elective Class System.” The “Dynamic Elective Class System” is a modification to the traditional class teaching system. It retains the “class" form, but it is not fixed, reflecting the dynamic, autonomous and scientific learning. It enables the transition from whole class teaching to individual learning starting from the students’ innate abilities. The students will be immersed in different learning groups at different stages and in different disciplines. It looks for a more suitable method for the development of personality. 


Safari to Yungu Five Learning Domains

Yungu School is a school based in China and designed for the world. She nurtures students to grow into global citizens and lifelong learners with goodwill, happiness, independent thinking and social responsibility. Yungu School respects individual differences and advocates personal development. It provides students with a 15 years of learning experience from kindergarten through high school with a school-based curriculum on the national curriculum, combined with innovative teaching ideas and methods.

Bilingual

With an outstanding Chinese and foreign staff, Yungu creates a bilingual environment for students through language immersion programs, where the students can learn the essence of Chinese culture as well as cultures throughout the world. This increased skill level in bilingual ability will enable our students to develop global vision and international sentiments giving them empathy of multiple perspectives and greater cross-cultural communication skills.

Humanities and Society

The Humanities Curriculum is designed to improve students’ humanistic qualities and at the same time to cultivate students’ compassion and social responsibility. Besides history, cultural and social knowledge, we offer three modules: Social Service Module, Traditional Culture Module, and Field Exploration Module. We expand the learning space from classrooms to society, and provide students with experiential learning opportunities. We want to break and go beyond the traditional school spatial restriction, home-school and discipline boundaries, so that the children could walk out of the campus, get close to nature, society, and to a diversified and open world of the future.

Mathematics, science and technology

Yungu School specializes in its science and technology curriculum. We provide students with close-up experience of cutting-edge technology and help students master scientific knowledge and practical and logical thinking ability. Students will be willing to explore and develop the capacity of their imagination and creativity to the maximum. We have set courses with Yungu features such as Research and Innovation, Information Technology and Library Skills, blending in information technology, science, programming, technical, STEM concepts, focusing on cultivating students’ ability of cooperation, research and innovation, helping students to better and faster adapt to the changing world.

Sports and life

We hope each student has a robust body. Through sports courses such as swimming, fencing, tennis, Tai Chi and American football etc, we would like to help students enhance physical status, and exercise willpower and build team spirit. Meanwhile, we would constantly continue to train their focus and interest. We hope each student can find one or two sports that they like. The students will have a healthy lifestyle and at the same time build a good character and a global perspective.

Arts

We encourage and support student development in the arts. Starting with the first grade, Yungu School provides a rich selection of art classes. Aside from the usual arts curriculum, we would offer special arts courses, such as ceramic art, ink painting, sculpture, oil paintings, vocal music, instrumental music, etc. Students can choose different courses based on their interests, and participate in groups such as the traditional instrument orchestra, glee club, orchestra, etc. We want to cultivate students artistic and aesthetic interests through the enlightenment of Yungu art education, as well as competencies of observation, imagination, and creativity. It allows students to be happy in the journey of art, build personality and develop diversity of students.