Wellington College to set up schools in Southeast Asia including Malaysia
23 Feb 2022
UK boarding school Wellington College will be setting up schools in three Southeast Asian countries including Malaysia through a regional partnership with Singaporean businessman Peter Lim.
WCI Regional Management, Lim’s company, has signed a master licence agreement to establish premium quality Wellington College International schools for threeto 18-year-olds in Singapore and Indonesia as well.
“We are delighted to partner Wellington College to offer expatriates and parents in Asia the opportunity to provide the very best of British education to their children at campuses in Southeast Asia,” Lim said in a statement issued here today.
“Wellington College is an ideal choice. We believe the Wellingtonian values of courage, respect, integrity, kindness, and responsibility are well suited for Asia. It is vital that we equip our youth with skills that extend beyond the classroom to help them reach their full potential and prepare them for the future,” he added.
The plans are to accommodate up to 2,000 students in each school, offering early years, preparatory and senior school programmes following the English National Curriculum and culminating in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.
To be staffed by an international faculty, the schools will meet rising demand by expatriates and local families, both from the west and the east, who seek quality education for their children without having to send them thousands of miles away from home.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also made international travel more challenging for both parents and children.
“We are thrilled to team up with Peter Lim to launch a network of outstanding schools in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia,” international director of Wellington College International, Scott Bryan, said. “The region is growing fast, spurring demand for international schools like Wellington that offer well-rounded academic experiences and unrivalled opportunities.”
These schools will join the Wellington College International family of schools, which include schools in China and Thailand, and a first school in India opening in 2023.
Each school is unique in its focus and strengths to meet the requirements of the community that it serves.
Wellington College was inaugurated by Queen Victoria in 1859 and established in Crowthorne, a small town set in the picturesque Berkshire countryside about an hour’s drive west of London.
The college is a national monument to the first Duke of Wellington, one of the commanders who led and ended the Napoleonic Wars.
It is one of the world’s top IB schools, with a strong reputation for all-round excellence, including a particular strength in sports.
Wellington College students from the UK and international schools regularly attain placement at the world’s leading universities including both Oxbridge and Ivy League.
Notable alumni include novelist George Orwell, actor Sir Christopher Lee, architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, former cabinet ministers, champion cricketers, rugby players, and race car drivers including F1 champion James Hunt.