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.

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