400-year old Dulwich College International (DCI) today announced its plans to open a College in Singapore situated on a 5 hectare site at Bukit Batok West; its seventh college in Asia. Dulwich College (Singapore) will open in August 2014. The school will be academically selective, co-educational and will cater to students from ages 2 to 18 years old. By the completion of the school to its maximum capacity of 2,500 students the total investment is expected to exceed SGD$200 million and a total expenditure to exceed SGD$400 million for the same period.
At the same time DCI has also established a regional head office in Singapore to support the development of the school and to achieve Dulwich College’s goal of a creating a truly global network of excellent schools. The Singapore campus will add to the existing family of Dulwich Colleges in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou (two), Seoul, Zhuhai, and the founding school, Dulwich College in London. Dulwich College (Singapore) brings together the finest traditions of nearly 400 years of academic excellence of a British independent school education in Dulwich College, adapted and enhanced for a diverse, international student body of over 60 nationalities.
On the decision to establish Dulwich College in Singapore, Mr Leo Yip, Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board said, “The availability and quality of international schools form an important part of a country’s business infrastructure for attracting investments. We are delighted that Dulwich College, one of the top international schools, is setting up in Singapore. The establishment of Dulwich College (Singapore) will enhance our international school landscape, and support our efforts to attract more global companies to grow their activities here.”
Mr. Fraser White, Founder and Executive Chairman, Dulwich College International agreed, “We are very pleased to be bringing what we believe is a distinctive education to Singapore, one of the world’s major cities. Dulwich College was the first British independent school to venture overseas. We are proud to be opening our seventh College here in Singapore. Seven Colleges, under one Dulwich roof, which follow the same academic ethos, providing students with opportunities within each and across all. A Dulwich education appeals to a diverse group of parents, whose decision to move abroad is very often influenced by the availability of a high quality education. We want to thank EDB and the Singapore Government for their support and the opportunity to bring a Dulwich College here. Dulwich College (Singapore) will be a welcome, valuable and strong member of our family of schools and a stepping stone to achieve our vision of an integrated family of schools around the world,” he said.
Dulwich College believes in preparing its students for an increasingly globalised and inter-connected world, where cultural awareness, consideration, imagination, confidence and linguistic ability will be the bedrock of success. Dulwich College places great emphasis on Mandarin Chinese. Students will enjoy a tailored Mandarin curriculum based on its experience from its Colleges and Programmes in China. There will be daily Mandarin classes and dual language classes in English and Chinese beginning in Early Years (from Toddler and Nursery; aged 3). Students are also encouraged to explore their talents outside the classroom. There are extensive music and performing arts programmes, societies, sports and co-curricular activities with leading universities such as Oxford for mathematics and Georgetown for debating.
Mr. Christian Guertler, CEO of Dulwich College International, said, “Dulwich College (Singapore) will have the same defining elements as our existing six Colleges in Asia, which are firmly rooted in the finest British independent school traditions but truly international in outlook. They are very successful in sending their students equally to the top universities in the US, UK and elsewhere. All our Colleges are embracing an academic ethos shaped by eastern rigour and the western holistic approach. It is a network with a relentless focus on the welfare of the students all combining to create an environment that inspires excellence, curiosity, adventure and courage.”
Over 20 per cent of Dulwich College graduating students in Asia have gone on to study in the world’s top 25 universities such as Princeton, Yale, other Ivy League colleges, Chicago in the USA; Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and other Russell Group in the UK; Seoul National in South Korea and many others going on to renowned specialist schools such as Berklee College of Music and SOAS in London. “The strength of our network allows us to provide the same high quality academic and extra curricular programmes across all our Colleges. Add to that our relationships with some of the world’s leading universities and we meet the requirements of today’s international student,” Mr. Guertler added.
Mr. Nick Magnus, Headmaster, Dulwich College (Singapore), said, “We believe that we will offer something different, something original to Singapore. We will be a College with the highest educational standards providing a range of opportunities for students to explore their talents here and throughout our network. Parents of international students in Singapore have some wonderful choices when it comes to the education of their children. Dulwich College will add to that choice and give interested parents plenty of food for thought.” With its launch today, Dulwich College (Singapore) has begun officially its Early Registration Programme for candidate students wishing to enrol for the year levels pre-Nursery to Year 9 (ages 2 – 14) for the school year beginning August 2014.
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