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Massive donation given to TRU by head of Chinese private schools

October 05, 2017 - 12:59 PM

KAMLOOPS - A Chinese private school entrepreneur announced today a $5 million donation to Thompson Rivers University — the largest in the school's history.

Dr. Sherman Jen is chairman and co-CEO of Maple Leaf Educational Systems, China's largest private international school system and has a program on the TRU campus, though the donation is from him personally and not the school.

“This generous gift supports innovation and capacity growth through teaching and research excellence for faculty and students and by creating new opportunities for student success through scholarships and innovative capital development,” says TRU President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Shaver in a media release.

Of the money donated, $1.5 million is for the Dr. Sherman Jen Research Innovation Fund for research in the faculties of education and science, $1.5 million for the Dr. Sherman Jen High Fidelity Simulation Centre that uses mannequins for teaching and research that can't be done using real patients, $500,000 for the Dr. Sherman Jen Instrumentation Lab, $500,000 for the Dr. Sherman Jen Innovation Competition Prize and $1 million for the Dr. Sherman Jen Student Scholarship Endowment. 

In 2014 Jen made a similar donation to Royal Roads University in Victoria.

For more on the Maple Leaf School, go here.

— Updated at 4:16 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, to clarify the donation was made personally by Dr. Jen and not his company.

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