China EDU Group (IFC-40453)

  • China
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Specific Location
Jiangxi and Guangdong provinces, China
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Voting Date
Dec 1, 2017
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  • Education and Health
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Investment Type(s)
Equity, Loan
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 75.00 million
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Loan Amount (USD)
$ 45.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 370.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jan 10, 2020

Disclosed by Bank May 14, 2018

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Project Description
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China Education Group Company Limited (CEG or the Company) is the owner and operator of three leading higher education and vocational training institutions: Jiangxi University of Technology (JUT), Guangdong Baiyun University (GBU), and Guangzhou Baiyun Technician College of Business and Technology (BTC).

CEG has a total student enrollment of 75,255. CEG plans to expand its employment-focused education model in China, including the construction of new campuses and the acquisition of existing higher education institutions in China (the Project). 

People Affected By This Project
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1. Increase competitiveness and quality in private higher education and vocational training: The Project will contribute to the consolidation trend of the fragmented private higher education and vocational training in China, around the platforms with the highest-quality educational services. This consolidation is expected to catalyze a rise in standards across the sector.

2. Increase access to quality private higher education and vocational training and increase supply of work-ready graduates: The Project will increase access to affordable quality private higher education in China, increasing the supply of work-ready graduates to industries with shortages of qualified entry level staff.

3. Improve instruction standard through enhanced professional development. The Project will establish a professional development center to deliver training and certification to teachers through professional development activities, including training sessions, webinars, workshops, and events, to help the teachers stay abreast of the changes in student demands, new teaching theories and methodologies and other trends.

4. Employment creation and enhanced local linkages: The Company is expected to directly employ a certain number of additional education professionals after the Project is completed including teachers and administrative staff, as necessary to operate schools. In addition, the Project will create numerous indirect employment opportunities for local communities, and will create demand for locally sourced inputs such as construction materials, and services such as transportation. A large proportion of those materials will be supplied by local MSMEs.

Investment Description
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Mr. Guo Yu and Mr. Ketao Xie are the Project Sponsors and founders of CEG, and serve as Co-Chairmen of the Company’s Board respectively.

Total Project Cost is estimated to be US$370 million. IFC has been invited to provide up to US$30 million equivalent of equity and US$45 million straight a senior loan to support the Project.

Contact Information
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1/ Project Contact:

China Education Group Holdings Limited 
Mr. Bill Mok 
(852) 3973 6522 
17/F, Wheelock House, 20 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong 

2/ IFC Contact:

General IFC Inquiries
IFC Communications
2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20433
Telephone: 202-473-3800
Fax: 202-974-4384

3/Local Access for Project Documentation

 China Education Group Holdings Limited

17/F, Wheelock House, 20 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong


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