Singapore, 4 August 2017 - Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) today announced that it will enter into a joint venture with Mr Ann Jong Juan (韩永元先生), the founder and principal of the Han Language Centre (汉语文中心). The joint venture will enable SPH’s Chinese Media Group to co-develop Chinese language education programmes and events with Han Language Centre that will cater to students and adults, combining the expertise of both parties in education, culture, as well as news and current affairs.
Founded in 1993, Han Language Centre is an established local brand name in the Chinese tuition and education scene. It has one of the largest Chinese tuition centre footprints in Singapore with 19 centres all over the island.
The transaction will see SPH holding a 75% stake in the business and Mr Ann, holding the remaining stake. SPH’s total investment will be about $8.5 million, of which $4.8 million will be paid on completion and the rest will be paid on the business achieving specific targets.
Han Language Centre offers a full spectrum of in-house developed programmes for primary and secondary students. The curriculum injects real life examples to make lessons interesting and help students easily apply and adapt to their lessons. The education materials are developed based on the latest MOE syllabus. The Management team is also made up of former Senior Education Officers or those who held lead department positions at the MOE and have vast experience in developing the Chinese school curriculum.
Mr Ann, who is better known as Han Laoda in the arts fraternity, is a prominent figure in the Singapore theatre scene. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion for Theatre in 1990 and has 45 years of teaching experience in the Chinese language. Mr. Ann spent the first 6 years at Curriculum Development Institute of Singapore (CDIS) of the Ministry of Education (MOE) developing primary school Chinese curriculum, and the last two years developing and editing extracurricular reading materials. He became a guest lecturer at Singapore Centre for Chinese Language from 2011 to 2013. Mr Ann was also presented with the inaugural Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Award (SCCCA) in May this year.
Mr Alan Chan, Chief Executive Officer of SPH, said: “SPH’s strategic investment in Han Language Centre will strengthen our education portfolio, which is one of our growing adjacent businesses. Our Chinese Media Group’s wealth of multimedia resources and student publications, integrated with Han Language Centre’s innovative curriculum and systematic teaching methods, will make Chinese accessible, alive and interesting to our students.”
Mr Ann of Han Language Centre said: “SPH’s Chinese Media Group is recognised as a bastion of the Chinese language and culture whilst Han Language Centre has a valuable foundation of strong curriculum and teaching staff. With SPH’s involvement and support, we can expand and enhance our branding, teaching and curriculum to reach out to more learners, and more importantly, show them that mastering Chinese can be both fun and rewarding.”
SPH first ventured into the education sector in 2014, investing $12 million for a 22% stake in the pre-school and enrichment provider MindChamps.
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