Ameson Chinese Elite Identification System

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he Ameson Chinese Elite Identification System (CEIS) is a program to help world-leading international universities identify top Chinese high school students. An offshoot of an Ameson-Cambridge program founded in 2002, CEIS has a dual mandate: cooperating with universities to identify high-performing students, and educating students on study opportunities available overseas.

China has thousands of elite high schools and tens of thousands of extraordinary students. CEIS links students with proven credentials and abilities at the request of post-secondary stakeholders.

How does CEIS work?

CEIS member universities

University of Cambridge (UK)
University of Warwick (UK)
University of Bristol (UK)
University of Durham (UK)
University of Reading (UK)
University of Edinburgh (UK)
Aston University (UK)
Royal Holloway, University of London (UK)
University of Glasgow (UK)
University of Nottingham (UK)
University of Melbourne (AUS)
University of Auckland (NZ)
Bocconi University (Italy)
Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
With an CEIS membership, universities have full access to CEIS resources and services. The program works as follows:

1. Search and select high achieving students from hundreds of China’s top high schools using an extensive networking system. CEIS member universities provide opportunities to elite students via CEIS media partners and specially organized seminars held throughout China.

2. Screen and evaluate elite students’ academic abilities and potential through a series of applications based on criteria designed to assess exceptional students.

3. Verify documentation at the request of Western admissions officers to clarify regional, pedagogic and systematic differences of the Chinese education system.

4. Administer the Ameson Scholastic Test (AST), a rigorous examination that assesses skill levels in English, Mathematics and Physics.

5. Guide qualified students through university-administered admission process. Based on the request of participating institutions, CEIS can also assist with and/or conducts personal interviews of students.


CEIS advantages

  • Economic: With China's economic rise over the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of Chinese high school graduates interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees overseas. Fitting this trend, a core objective of the Ameson Foundation is to help disseminate Chinese culture and to assist in evolving China's domestic education sector by promoting intercultural exchanges.
  • Cultural: For top-tier universities, it's not about tuition, but rather about the quality of students admitted to their programs. Unfortunately, determining the merit of Chinese students is not an easy task for western schools. With a decentralized Chinese education system, the education system can seem like a labyrinth of fragmented policies that differ region by region. In addition, a plethora of unscrupulous, profit-driven agents in China promise local students entry into top-tier schools by any means necessary. As a non-profit organization, CEIS circumvents such disadvantages and allows schools to accurately guage the merit of prospective students.
  • Marketing: China's domestic schools enjoy easy access to prospective students, while channels for foreign instutitions remain few. CEIS provides the means to overcome this impediment by supplying its members with an efficient China-based team of seasoned education professionals.
  • Pedigree: CEIS is established, with over a decade of cooperation with the University of Cambridge. Today, 13 elite universities use the CEIS system, including the University of Bristol, University of Melbourne, and Warwick University.


In order to maintain procedure as explained above, registration is limited to leading universities (top 50 in the US, top 30 in the UK, top 20 in Australia and NZ) that welcome Chinese students to their undergraduate programs.

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