Meet the Team

We benefit from the 24/7 support provided by the bilingual team in Lanzhou as well as the support of the travelling team based in the UK but attending in Gansu province for the duration of the course.

Wai Lok Suen – Founder

Wai Lok Suen, who is from Hong Kong, divides his time between China and the UK where he is a doctoral researcher in Education at the University of Oxford. His academic work focuses on using Game Theory  – the science of strategy –  to create better approaches to learning for future generations seeking to study in the field of economics and the field of mathematics. He puts this research into practice through his continuing work in universities in UK and a school in mainland China.

He has an MPhil in Finance with a specialisation in Financial Engineering from the University of Cambridge and, for his first degree, gained a BSc (Hons.) in Mathematics with Economics from University College London.

His life’s passion is visible in a constant engagement with learning in a variety of forms, all of them focused on bringing education alive, turning knowledge to the greater benefit of society.

While Wai Lok Suen runs an asset management firm in Hong Kong, he also maintains constant involvement in projects where his mathematical skills are valued. He seeks to work on projects that not only have commercial value but aim to help society at large through the development of software to improve automated processes in the field of electrical engineering.

Developing the capacity of young learners to think independently and apply with confidence their intuition based on all they have been taught by way of reasoning is at the heart of all Wai Lok Suen’s work.

A proud father of three, he greatly enjoys family time and is a keen chess player. He also enjoys playing tennis, and loves to take on adventures – with an open water diver certificate, he is also currently training for a Private Pilot License (PPL) through the Civil Aviation Authority.

Lawrence (Lawrie) Coupland – Course Director

Lawrie Coupland was brought up in one of the most beautiful parts of England, North Devon, where he was educated at Barnstaple Grammar School. He has an MA from the University of Cambridge (MA Cantab) and a postgraduate teaching degree from the University of Oxford (PGCE Oxon).

In his long career as both teacher and headmaster, Lawrie has vast international experience first as Principal of an EFL School in Cambridge and later line manager of 12 international schools and agencies, and more than 30 summer schools. His most recent role has been as Director of an International College in North Oxford.

Lawrie’s wide experience of student leadership and subject coordination also embraces inspiring work as a secondary school classroom teacher with a constant commitment to student welfare and safeguarding.

Lawrie is a committed and valued member of his community, a trustee of his local church for many years supporting teenagers moving into adulthood and is currently Chair of Finance & Property. He keeps fit and active through walking and cycling, and maintaining the garden. He greatly enjoys the outdoors and volunteers with adults with learning disabilities on a farming project, with refugee families from Egypt and Iraq, and with Oxford Winter Night Shelter for the homeless.

Lawrie is a passionate communicator who has lectured at the University of Assiut, Qena, in Upper Egypt. He has also greatly enjoyed taking learning out into the real world as a trainer in companies, teaching and managing a range of courses for the British Council, in Caracas, Venezuela, and has spent periods in China and South Korea on study tours.

QianWen Tang – Administrator of International Operations

QianWen has long experience running summer schools for young adults in the UK, built on a desire to promote international understanding through shared learning adventures. She greatly enjoys her work supporting students and parents alike and is there to help at every stage of your time with us.

She has a Master’s degree in Mathematical Finance (MSc) and a first degree in Mathematical Science (BSc).

QianWen has been instrumental in creating international partnerships in education that have given Chinese students the opportunity of learning experiences in the UK, developing highly popular holiday camps for students of varied ages.


12 July – 26 July 2024
26 July – 9 August 2024

(Including non-refundable deposit of £900)
All flights, accommodation, meals, guides, and entrances included in the course price. Price excluding flights: £4300.