Discover the heritage and legacy of Yew Chung.

1932 – 1970

Yew Chung founded in Hong Kong by Madam Tsang Chor-hang; Yew Chung Kindergarten and Primary School opened.

The First Yew Chung School

The first Yew Chung school was founded in 1932 by Madam Tsang Chor-hang. Our founder had a unique vision to educate students beyond the classroom and to instil a sense of societal consciousness.


During the turbulent times of the 1930s before the outbreak of World War II, the road to education was full of obstacles but Madam Tsang persevered in her efforts to maintain the school.

“Diligence, thrift, modesty and honesty” became our motto and in keeping with this, Madam Tsang led Yew Chung to survive the uncertainties of WWII and the Post-War era.

1970 – 1980

Early Childhood Education was introduced with pioneering new concepts.

Reform and Expansion

After finishing her studies in the US, Dr. Betty Chan Po-king, Madam Tsang’s daughter, took over from her mother and continued Yew Chung’s commitment to quality education. Leading the reform in Early Childhood Education in Hong Kong, she promoted the pioneering concept of the open classroom and introduced the idea of learning through play.


Through extensive parent and community education, Dr. Chan began to develop an awareness in local families of the importance of the Early Years, highlighting the need to create a nurturing environment in both schools and homes, to enhance the education and development of each child. Today, this continues to be a core Yew Chung value.

During this period, Dr. Chan expanded the Yew Chung Children’s House and Kindergarten to multiple campuses in Hong Kong.

1980 – 1990

The first Yew Chung International School was established in Hong Kong.

Global Perspectives

It was during this unique decade in Hong Kong’s colonial history that we began to question what was true international education, and how the best of East and West could be fused together.


Through the launching of Yew Chung International School, we created our own original YCIS bilingual and co-cultural curriculum that remains dynamic to this day.

Beginning with a handful of founding students, YCIS Primary expanded one year level at a time. Growing numbers of parents chose YCIS as they wanted their children to be highly proficient in both Chinese and English, and adept at navigating between different cultures and peoples.

1990 – 2000

Yew Chung International School expanded to Secondary, and new sister schools were opened in Shanghai and Beijing upon government invitations.

Creating the International Education System

During the 1990s, the success of YCIS in Hong Kong brought about invitations to open sister schools in Shanghai and Beijing to meet the needs of the expatriate community in Mainland China.


Yew Chung also moved beyond Asia’s borders and set up an International Children’s Campus in Indiana, USA. This was our first attempt to introduce our unique educational philosophy and programme in a Western country.


A Commitment to Global Education

The growing prominence of China in the global context saw educators begin to acknowledge that ‘International’ is not defined as ‘Western’ and began to recognise YCIS as one of the most innovative international schools with a new model of bilingual and co-cultural education, and a unique model of Co-Principalship and Co-teaching.

Again, upon invitation, we opened two more YCIS sister schools in Chongqing and Qingdao in 2002 and 2006 respectively, and expanded the Shanghai campus to encompass Pudong. Across the pond in the US, we opened another campus in Silicon Valley in 2002.

In Hong Kong, YCEF responded to the Government’s push to expand and diversify the self-financed tertiary sector by establishing the Yew Chung Community College (YCCC) in 2008, providing an alternative pathway for secondary students. More recently in 2014, YCCC became the first private institution to offer formal teacher training in Early Childhood Education, and in 2018, we launched our first Bachelor of Education degree in 2018, with the upgrading of YCCC to Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education (YCCECE). This is an exciting, full circle moment for our Foundation, and completes the Yew Chung pedigree.

Today, Yew Chung continues to play a major role in promoting international education, intercultural understanding and global citizenship from Early Childhood to Tertiary, actively contributing to our home city and the wider world.