Great Bri­tish ed­u­ca­tion on Malaysian shores

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EP­SOM Col­lege has long been known as a pres­ti­gious board­ing and day school and a leader in Bri­tish ed­u­ca­tion since 1855. The school’s vast ex­per­tise in qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion over the last 150 years will come to fruition in their new sis­ter school in Malaysia. Ep­som Col­lege in Malaysia (ECiM) will open its doors to its first co­hort of stu­dents aged three to 18 in Septem­ber this year.

The mod­ern board­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at Ep­som is part of what makes the school unique and dis­tinct from other re­gional es­tab­lish­ments. Ep­som has a long his­tory of of­fer­ing flex­i­ble board­ing op­tions, as well as weekly board­ing; in fact Ep­som UK started and de­vel­oped weekly board­ing very sig­nif­i­cantly in the United King­dom.

“We are go­ing to take the full and weekly board­ing con­cept to the next level in Malaysia and of­fer flexi-board­ing,” said deputy head (head of Prep School) of ECiM Jane Smith at the school’s me­dia brief­ing last month.

“We have also hand­picked house­mas­ters and housemistresses with very clear cri­te­ria in mind as to the type of peo­ple we want in­flu­enc­ing the emo­tional, phys­i­cal and ed­u­ca­tional de­vel­op­ment of the chil­dren in our care,” she said.

Hav­ing an ex­ten­sion of Ep­som Col­lege here in Malaysia will mean that par­ents here will be able to spend more pur­pose­ful qual­ity time with their chil­dren.

The cur­ricu­lum is based on the fact that there are also day stu­dents and weekly board­ers who will go home dur­ing the weekend.

“An in­ter­est­ing con­cept to con­sider is that there may even be par­ents from Europe who may choose to send their chil­dren to ECiM. Asia is go­ing to drive the next gen­er­a­tion for­ward and Malaysia is very much be­com­ing an ed­u­ca­tion hub,” said Tan Sri Tony Fer­nan­des, chair of the board of gover­nors of ECiM, at the me­dia brief­ing.

“For Malaysians and Malaysia, hav­ing this school is also a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on dif­fer­ent ways of do­ing things and to spur on other in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal schools to drive ed­u­ca­tion for­ward,” he said.

Ep­som Col­lege has al­ways had strong links to the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion in the UK, which goes hand-in-hand with its out­stand­ing sci­ence pro­gramme.

His­tor­i­cally, Ep­som Col­lege has its roots in the Vic­to­ri­an­era school built for the chil­dren of doc­tors who had died from the dis­eases they were hop­ing to cure. To­day, Ep­som Col­lege’s stu­dents are still equipped with the skills, at­ti­tudes and knowl­edge needed to get into top med­i­cal schools in the UK as well as other chal­leng­ing pro­fes­sions glob­ally.

Stu­dents are still com­ing to ECiM with sim­i­lar as­pi­ra­tions but just as in the UK, ECiM’s fo­cus will be broader and more de­vel­oped in other ar­eas. “We pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren to de­velop in all sorts of ways. They may come to us with a deep love of sci­ence, which we will con­tinue to de­velop. But at the same time we will en­sure they have op­por­tu­ni­ties to try dif­fer­ent things and fig­ure out what their other pas­sions in life might be, and give them the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop them through their teenage years and into their adult life,” said Smith.

The link be­tween Ep­som Col­lege in the UK and in Malaysia is very strong. “It is not a fran­chised school; ECiM is very much an ex­ten­sion of the UK school,” said Martin Ge­orge, head­mas­ter of ECiM. “There will be op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents and staff to col­lab­o­rate on projects, com­pete in sports, and even have video con­fer­enc­ing of lessons. We will work to en­sure that the link be­tween the schools con­tin­ues to de­velop.”

book a cam­pus tour, to meet the heads or for more in­for­ma­tion about ECiM, con­tact the regis­trar, Ni­cola Har­ris, at regis­trar@ep­som­col­ or 03-6211 4488 or visit www.ep­som­col­

Ep­som Col­lege in the United King­dom.

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