爱德华王子的到访体现了哈罗与英国王室的联系，而事实上，两者的渊源由来已久。1572年，哈罗公学正是在英国女王伊丽莎白一世的特许下成立于伦敦。逾四个世纪以来，哈罗一直秉承着“为未来世界培养具有领导力的人才”（Leadership for a Better World）的核心使命，培养出了众多领袖和领军式人物，包括英国首相丘吉尔、著名诗人拜伦、印度开国总理尼赫鲁和多名诺贝尔奖得主。
Harrow International School Shanghai Officially Opened
On Thursday, 7th June 2018, HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex – the third son of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England – opened the fourth Harrow International School, located in the Waigaoqiao district of Shanghai.
The Prince also toured the school, accompanied by Mr John Edwards, the British Consul-General, Mr Li Guohua, the Deputy District Chief of the District Government of Pudong New Area, Ms Zhu Huihua, the Director of Education Bureau of Pudong New Area, Mr Daniel Chiu, founder of Harrow International Schools and Chairman and CEO of Harrow International, Mr Eric Leung, Managing Director of Harrow International and Mr David Cook, the Headmaster of Harrow Shanghai. The pupils of the school cheered the royal party as they walked around the school.
As a leading media focusing on international education, jingkids was also invited to the event.
On the opening ceremony, students’ performance could reveal a rich atmosphere of English education at Harrow Shanghai, from their wind instruments’ performance of the theme song of the British film 007 to the violin playing of famous music Salut d’Amour written by British composer Edward Elgar.
Harrow has long had strong links with British royalty. Harrow School itself, in north-west London, opened in 1572, with a royal charter from Queen Elizabeth I. Since then, Harrow has educated many great leaders in all walks of life, with names such as Winston Churchill, the famous poet Lord Byron, the founding Prime Minister of India Pandit Nehru, and several Nobel Prize laureates. So, for over four centuries, Harrow has adhered to its core mission of ‘Leadership for a Better World’. From London, the traditions, heritage and reputation of the school have spread around the world.
The first international school appeared over twenty years ago in Bangkok, when Harrow opened there in 1997. Hong Kong, Beijing and now Shanghai have followed. A strong academic reputation has been established in the international schools, with Harrow graduates going on to study at the world’s top universities, such as Oxford, Cambridge and the Ivy League schools of the United States.
A special moment for The Prince was when he was introduced to and interacted with the Harrow pupils who have participated in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The Award was founded more than 60 years ago by The Prince’s father, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who it is named in honour of.
The programme has now been expanded to over 130 countries and territories, and pupils who achieve the Award have to demonstrate personal responsibility and leadership,as well as great fortitude and individual fitness. Teamwork is another essential characteristic. Success in the Award is widely considered a major asset toacademic studies, personal development and that all important search for acareer. The Award programme, which is very much a part of the school’s mission of ‘Leadership for a Better World’.
Shanghai has a special significance as the location of the newest member of the Harrow family of schools. As Mr Daniel Chiu, founder of Harrow International Schools and Chairman and CEO of Harrow International, pointed out in his speech, ‘Although Harrow Shanghai is our newest, it is a particularly significant school, as Shanghai is one of the world’s greatest cities where the East meets the West, and it is also the place where the most advanced cultural and educational ideas converge.’ He continued, the unveiling of Shanghai Harrow not only means that the Harrow family has added a new member, but also recognises the cultural traditions and educational concepts of Harrow along with the expectations for the future of Chinese society, education, parents and pupils.