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With over 30 years of experience in education and a Masters in Education (Planning and Educational Administration), Khoo Li Lin remains committed to continuously improving the wellbeing and achievements of her students.
As a regional education hub, Malaysia is an excellent tertiary education option for both local and international students.
Early childhood education is an important first step for a child. Ask yourself these questions before making the final decision.
Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Early Years learning at international schools - preschool education paves the way for future social, emotional and academic success.
A school is only as good as its teachers. Regardless of how good a curriculum is, without qualified teachers, it would amount to nothing.
This IBDP was developed in Switzerland and is known for its academic rigour and encouragement of independent learning.
A career educator with over 30 years of experience teaching, advising and leading schools worldwide, Jarlath Madine now heads Beaconhouse Newlands International School. He has also worked for local government in England and opened schools for large corporations.
Nicki Coombs – Executive Principal of Beaconhouse Sri Inai International School Schools faced unique challenges this year due to the effects of the global pandemic. We asked the highly experienced Nicki Coombs to share her thoughts on education and what the future of learning looks like.
The most common curriculum taught in international schools globally is based on the English national curriculum.
Yes, you read right. Undergraduate courses at public universities in Germany are tuition-free for local and international students.
Educational technology, student wellbeing, the rise of the virtual classroom and enhancing digital competence is what the future of education looks like.
Popular university courses to consider which are known to lead to high employability.
From Key Stage one to five, PSHE education is an integral part of the syllabus in international schools offering the UK-based curriculum.
With a lifetime of experience in education from leading schools to policy making and the implementation of national education in Singapore, Madam Mak is now Head of School at St. Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia.
More than half the world’s population is bilingual, and as the world becomes ‘smaller’, children should be encouraged to learn a second or even a third language.
Most children attend some form of preschool by the age of three. But is it necessary and will it make a big difference when they begin primary school?
The most popular secondary school qualifications are the International General Certificate of Secondary Education followed by A Levels, which are attained in the final year of secondary school.
The best kind of educator is one who believes intrinsically that a good education is not only the right of every child but needs to be imparted with enthusiasm, empathy and an eye on the future.
Thematic units form the basis of this popular primary years curriculum taught in many international schools globally.
These points will help give an introductory idea of why you should consider an international school.
The Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) began welcoming students in 2000 with the aim of providing first-rate Australian education and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Learning a new language is fun and extremely useful - these apps make it possible for children to learn at home and on the go.
Education experts are now favouring this technique over conventional methodology.
Novels, picture books, encyclopedias, famous titles and educational resources – these bookstores have it all.
Choosing a university is a challenge and worthy advice is always appreciated especially when it comes from your peers.
Discover why this Nordic country’s education system is the considered one of the most successful globally.
Setting your child on STEM's straight path might be providing him or her with a one-dimensional education.
The way a student studies and does course work changes when they begin college or university. Group study becomes more common but is it more effective than self-study?
Follow the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on screen time, sedentary behaviour and physical activity for younger children.
A student’s life is punctuated with tests and exams, which are meant to measure their knowledge and keep them motivated and conscientious. But what about important soft skills?
The end-of-year holidays and Christmas break is coming up and this is the perfect time to sign the kids up for exciting (and educational!) programmes from show choir and drama to overnight camps and fairy tale fun.
Islamic values combined with an international education – this is the unique advantage of studying at an international Islamic school.
Your child's turning three and it's time to consider sending him / her to preschool. This is usually the first big decision when it comes to their education and it can be a tough one!
Learning more than one language will give your child a head start academically and even offer the chance of better employment in the future.
Islamic education in Malaysia is gradually increasing due to a demand by parents who seek balance between secular and religious education for their children.
Children today spend a lot of time on social media raising the risk of being bullied online. The effects of this are no less serious than being bullied in real life.
There's an increasing number of private schools offering the Malaysian national curriculum - Standard Based Curriculum for Primary Schools (KSSR) and Secondary Schools (KSSM) - for parents who prefer smaller class sizes and extra activities.
The Internet has become indispensable and used for work, studying, research, entertainment – the list is endless. But for parents, the Internet can sometimes be more foe than friend.
Choosing what to study after secondary school can be difficult and students are often torn between studying about a subject they’re passionate about and doing a degree guaranteeing a successful career.
While most international schools are located in peninsular Malaysia, there are international school options for those living in the east coast states of Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu.
Pursuing a degree is an investment and while most Malaysian students opt for either a local or Australian / British / American degree, there are viable alternatives that cost less and are just as good.
International schools are all accredited by and work with different boards and associations, which are often listed as acronyms. Here are the most common ones associated with international schools in Malaysia.
Pursuing a degree is what most students hope for after completing secondary school. As a regional education hub Malaysia is an excellent option for tertiary education.
Fitness, being outdoors, gamesmanship, discipline, fun, positive competition, socialising and learning to be a team player – all the advantages of participating in sports.
If you're looking for regular art and craft classes, artistic birthday party venues or school holiday programmes, check these art studios out.
The summer holidays are in full swing and for many international school students, this means almost two months off! Keep the kids happy and busy at these camps for sports, cooking, arts and craft, and the performing arts.
Debate rages over whether the popular Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching approach really needs the formal addition of the arts into the acronym.
Increase in strength, endurance and hand-foot-eye coordination as well as developing problem-solving skills are some of the benefits kids gain when climbing. These centres offer great child-friendly facilities and programmes.
This phrase is bandied around a lot and it's a fact that children need to play to develop physically, intellectually and socially. Child and Family Development specialist Racheal Kwacz shares her views on learning through play.
Private and international schools in Malaysia offer a comprehensive list of curriculums including the British, American, IB, Australian and the Malaysian National Curriculum.
We ask Jean-Yves Bichel, Principal of the French School of Kuala Lumpur (LFKL), why parents should consider this viable educational alternative and what are its advantages.
Make screen time count with these fun, educational apps teaching maths, languages, geography and the alphabet.
Discipline, structure and obeying the rules - this is what autocratic parents expect from their children.
There are a variety of scholarships offered by private companies to help deserving students attain their degrees.
The cost of a private school education in Malaysia depends on several factors – curriculum, location, facilities and accreditation.
Let’s face it. Wouldn’t you rather go out with friends, watch a movie, even tidy the house than hit the books?
A common problem that’s become accepted as part of school life, bullying carries far more negative consequences than realised.
Anxiety also affects young children, who may not know how to properly express or overcome their anxious feelings. Here's how to recognise the symptoms, and what parents can do to help.
Constructive parental engagement is essential for a child’s academic success. By simply bonding with them at home, having fun and getting involved in their activities, it can make a big difference in their scholastic career.
The April (Easter) school holidays are around the corner and there's so much for the kids to do from learning how to scuba dive in Tioman to learning about coding, cooking and growing their vegetables!
If you have an aspiring actor or theatre hopeful on your hands, these centres have great courses for kids and teens.
Research has shown that music can improve our language, memory and reasoning skills. These music schools offer lessons in many instruments across every age group and examining board.
Can a student sing, dance or act their way to better grades? Many teachers, parents and students think so and are benefitting greatly from participating in stage productions and music / dance classes.
Outdoor activities, sports, sustainable workshops, art, education and a hot air balloon festival - plenty to do during the March school holidays.
What's the next step after secondary school? With a wide range of choices available, choosing the correct pre-university course is the first step towards university and what degree and qualifications they will take up.
Graduates today face various situations and a new world upon entering the working environment. Here's what they can do to ease that transition.
Today's classroom is no longer just about academics and assessments. Technology has dramatically changed the way lessons are taught and what new skill sets students must learn.
One in five Malaysian students do not complete secondary school and almost half of 15-year-olds do not meet minimum proficiency levels in reading. Teach For Malaysia is leading the way to change this.
Although the British and American curriculums are more prevalent in Malaysia, there are options for Australian and Canadian programmes as well.
University open days or information sessions are an important part of the tertiary education process for students and parents. Find out what happens and why you should attend them.
There is no longer a gender imbalance when it comes to studying STEM-based degrees at university, but there still is in the related job markets. STEM subjects will shape our future and girls will play a major role in this.
A student's first year of university is an exciting time, but students have to be careful to take care of themselves as well or risk facing these common health concerns.
Be a part of your little one's day through this new app that updates parents on their children's activities in school and daycare.
One of Malaysia's leading English language centres has officially opened its new centre and headquarters.
These Australian and British universities offer medical degrees at their local campuses, which makes it easier and more cost-effective to get a widely recognised degree.
What are the options available for tertiary education in Malaysia - from diploma course to vocational training.
The Alice Smith School takes top honours at the recent International School Awards in the Pastoral Initiative category.
The International School of Kuala Lumpur has won the prestigious International School Leader Award in the category Initiative for Inclusion.
In recent years, the higher education scene in Malaysia has been growing at an unprecedented rate due to supportive government strategy, competitive costs and diverse study options.
This year's prestigious Bett event focuses on education technology and will see top educators, innovators and senior leaders gather to discuss strategies and the future of education technology.
Dr Mihai Rotaru is an Associate Professor and the Programme Leader of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in University of Southampton Malaysia, where he teaches and researches the fields of applied electromagnetism.
A great art initiative is taking place in Kuala Lumpur now and sees artwork by local artists displayed on prominent buildings and digital billboards throughout the city. A great weekend activity for the whole family.
Reading is becoming a lost art as screen time becomes the norm. One of the greatest gifts a parent can offer is to encourage their children to develop a love for reading at a young age.
If you're looking for schools offering the American curriculum, there are several choices located in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru.
However tempting it may be to do homework for the kids, parents really shouldn't.
Practical skills should be taught to children when they are young as they are quick to learn. Here are some useful ones that will play an important role until adulthood and help them cope with many situations.
A highly experienced international educator, Dr John Kennard has taught in prominent schools in the UK and Australia. He is now headmaster at Epsom College in Malaysia and has led schools in Hong Kong, Poland and Switzerland.
Math and fun don't usually go together especially for younger kids. But these math apps not only make math enjoyable, they also teach the basics of the subject and help enhance calculation skills.
If you're travelling in Malaysia, visit these quirky indoor places the kids will enjoy (parents maybe not so much). Plus, it's an easy way to spend a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon.
Kids learn best when they 'play to learn'. A trip to any of these educational centres is always time well spent, and a great family day out.
While most international schools are in the Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Baru aren't far behind. This week we look at the options at one of the top heritage centres in Asia and a great place to settle down.
Books are excellent sources of knowledge, but there are plenty of other fun ways to combine the best of education and entertainment for a learning experience. Here are our picks for you and your little ones.
Swimming is a very important skill to have from as young as possible primarily for safety (pools, pool parties, beach holidays). A good teacher is imperative as they will be responsible to teach and help your child love the water.
With a BA (Hons) in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PGCE from the University of Northampton, Simon Sharp is Head of Primary at the British International School of Kuala Lumpur.
The end of the year is upon us. The kids will soon be on holiday, Christmas is coming up and 2018 is coming to a close. Check out these fun activities for the kids, and parents too if you're up for it!
Kids who learn a new language reap many benefits, including improved cognitive, social and emotional development. Start the kids on a second (or third) language at these centres, which also offer courses for adults.
Head here for the latest education news, features, educator profiles and everything you need to know about private and international schools in Malaysia.
Science is fun when taught through art, craft and fun characters. This local educational subscription box brand is set to change the way your kids learn and who doesn't love receiving a box of goodies?
A viable alternative to attending university in the UK is to do the same course locally. Check out these British university campuses in Malaysia offering popular courses at reasonable fees, twinning programmes and well-recognised degrees.
Pastoral care supplements academic teaching and international schools are taking it seriously for its benefits.
The first day of school can be a tough affair and parents should start preparing weeks ahead to avoid tears.
EE explores the options of education courses for adult development.
There are so many moving parts that contribute to the development of literacy at the preschool level. Education expert Rohan Yung explores the various approaches and how preschools are prioritising.
These schools are known for their bilingual and trilingual programmes emphasising on Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia.
As the oldest British international school in Malaysia, the Alice Smith School has a long history of community service.
The International Baccalaureate has become a top secondary school qualification with a global outlook, widely accepted at top universities around the world. These schools offer the IB and are known for good results.
More Malaysian students are being enrolled in international schools than ever before. To meet increasing demand, more international schools are slated to open offering various curriculums and fee brackets.
A British education offers more value and benefits for the children than you think.
If you're living outside the Klang Valley and want to send your primary age kids to an international school at a reasonable price, these are some of your options.
How special needs learners are getting the help they need within and outside of the classroom.
Private and international school education is a substantial investment. As more parents consider this route, they're getting more savvy when it comes to pricing. These schools offer the British curriculum and reasonable fees.
There is a real sense of individual accomplishment to be gained from climbing the rungs of the music grades. Rohan Yung explores the increasing opportunities for children to get involved in musical ensembles here in Malaysia.
Most international schools in Malaysia follow a British, American or Australian curriculum. We take a look at alternative curriculum and the schools that offer them.
We last wrote about boarding schools in KL and the surrounds, but if you're looking further afield, there're good options in Penang and Johor Bahru.
STEM learning is becoming increasingly relevant in producing future problem solvers who think outside the box. The Alice Smith School recognises that and incorporates STEM subjects into their curriculum.
Having worked across many sectors of education across several countries including Australia, Brunei, Thailand, Japan and the UAE, Stephen West is now the principal at MIGS preparing students for the ever-changing future.
These classes in international schools give students an introductory glimpse into the working world.
From famed British public schools to prestigious local institutions, boarding offers students the opportunity to become independent in a nurturing and holistic environment without having to leave the country.
Greg Parry is the co-founder and CEO of Global Services in Education and operator of Kingsgate International School. With his extensive global experiences, he is now making his mark in Malaysia.
Clive Rogers is the founding principal of Peninsula International School Australia. We find out what it takes for an international school to make the cut in such a competitive environment.
At the Alice Smith School, Secondary Principal, Dr. Sarah Howling, has spearheaded the introduction of a coaching culture grounded in systems of collaboration and self-directed professional growth.
As environmental studies may soon become a compulsory subject in schools across the country, we look at three international schools whose students make it a personal mission to protect their environment.
Fact: Participating in sports makes students healthier, socialise better and perform better academically.
In a tech-savvy world, it's important for schools to ensure that students are interacting with technology in a meaningful, educational way.
Starting off on the right foot: The curriculum used in early childhood education can significantly impact the way your child speaks, thinks and acts.
Find out how school leavers can put their time out of the education system to good use.
Life after high school can be daunting. For many, there is only one chance to make the right choice. For that reason your child can feel overwhelmed. Here are a few reassuring thoughts.
A-Levels or IGCSE? IB or HSC? We take a look at the different types of school-leaving certification offered and how they work.
We take a look at what Generation Y is studying these days and it's veering away from medicine, law and accounting.
Secondary schools emphasise 'global citizenship', but understanding what that really means is important in deciding on the right schools and curricula for your children.
Asking the right questions will help ensure that the preschool you select will be one where your young one will shine.
The President and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash University Malaysia is passionate about educational innovation and the changing landscape of learning.
Support for special needs education in Malaysia can be limited, so here's what you can do to ensure your child has access to a programme that best suits their needs.
Navigating education options for gifted and talented children can be a thrilling yet intimidating endeavour for parents, so we look at the resources and schools available here.
With such a wide range of education choices in Malaysia from schools to curriculums, read this general overview of the education scene to get a better idea of what's on offer.
The range of schools available in Malaysia can be daunting, so we take you on a quick whistle-stop tour of the education landscape.
These days, more working adults are returning to tertiary education to reassess their skills and boost their career prospects.
Your choice of primary school will not only need to suit your children's needs, but support your family's practical circumstances too.
These after school clubs and extra-curricular activities let kids tackle real-world challenges and have fun while learning.
Why these 5 International schools make an excellent training ground for aspiring playwrights, actors, singers and young theatre hopefuls.
Field trips are more than just visiting the biscuit factory these days - now children get to see the world, serve the community and develop character.
Learn new skills, engage with the local and international community and gain a global outlook.
With a growing reputation in the arts scene, international schools in Penang are helping students explore their artistic side from a young age through various endeavours.
Responsible for the pastoral care of children in the primary school unit of The British International School of Kuala Lumpur, Deputy Head of Primary Alison Mackey gives us some insight into her job and her hopes for it.
Can’t seem to find what you want in the market and wish you could make it yourself? Or just bored and looking for a creative outlet to fill your days with? Taking up a short course or two might be the answer to both problems.
Sports and games play an important role in ensuring the holistic development of a child's growth, and more international schools are implementing sports programmes and activities to cater to their needs.
For students at an international school in Malaysia, excursions and field trips are a far cry from what most of us will remember from our school days.
We take a comprehensive look at the education system of Malaysia and the challenges it currently faces, as well as the reforms that have been outlined to improve it.
Principle Nicki Coombs shares her experience in developing Beaconhouse Newlands International School as a united team and family in academics, arts, sports and more.
Here's some tips to share with the kids before the stress of exams kick in.
Music, the visual and dramatic arts have been criticised for being non-essential, but what should we really think about arts education in schools?
With chalkboards and dusters being phased out by computers and iPads in the classroom, what does this mean for the changing face of education?
Learning is naturally important, but sometimes it’s what your child learns outside the classroom that’s really what makes them into the adult they become.
We take a look at schools that not only teach subjects, but life lessons like the value of giving back to their pupils
Choosing your child's childcare centre or first school is both an exciting and daunting prospect. Here are the questions to ask, and things to look for to ensure that this school will be right for you and your child.
We spoke to a key representatives from Alice Smith, ELC and EPSOM College to gather their views on their changing role in the evolving educational landscape in Malaysia.
We speak to students at international schools to get an insider look at the front line of Malaysian education.
With holidays around the corner, Penang schools have found innovative ways to counter the 'brain drain', which is where students start to lose focus. We find out how!
EL looks at what international schools are serving up in their cafeterias.
Malaysia is fast becoming a centre for global education systems with curriculums from Europe, the Americas and Asia all well represented
International education in Malaysia is dominated by IGCSEs and A levels but the International Baccalaureate is not to be discarded
Read Part 2 of 'IB Thinking' where we speak to the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) and Fairview
Boarding schools offer children the chance to learn useful life skills like independence and responsibility. Isabel Lee looks at the pros and cons of education away from home plus emerging boarding school trends in Malaysia.
Explore the options for live-in education in Malaysia with our A to Z of international boarding schools
If you decide to send your children to school with a packed lunch, here are some top tips on keeping them healthy
Life is bursting with inventive opportunities that are best tapped into from an early age. Discover how to nurture your child’s natural penchant for imagination and creativity.
Penang has its fair share of preschools, primary and secondary international schools. Their top quality programmes and teaching staff make them the unhesitating choice of expatriate parents.
Failing the exams can be tough on students who have worked hard hoping to attend their dream university. Find out what comes next if your child doesn’t achieve the desired grades.
Leaving a gap year in a resume can be risky, but it can also be a rewarding experience for graduates seeking to broaden their horizons.
For expatriate parents, a major concern when moving abroad is their children's education. While most parents in KL choose an international school, others decide to homeschool their children. Two homeschooling mothers share their experiences.
Those looking to study in Malaysia have numerous curriculum options available to them, but understanding what is out there for the picking is the first step towards choosing the right options.
What role does sports play in the academic life of a student? Karen Andres explores the importance of sports and ways to garner more participation and interest from school students.
The expression of beauty in art, literature, music and other aspects of life uplifts the human mind.
Step into the classroom for a full-on lesson on the many international high school curriculums available in the country and how each is unique.
Boarding has undergone a huge transformation from something that met a necessity to something that most children are desperate to do.
Home support and parental involvement in school play a vital role in bringing out the best in children.
Activity centres provide the stimulus needed to support a child’s expanding ability to remember. Professor Tracy Alloway elaborates.
Parents will not settle for just watching the remarkable phenomenon of their toddler's development. They desire to be directly involved.
Founder Christopher Jolly talks about the history, inspiration and methods used in Jolly Learning.
If conventional schooling falls short of your expectations, take matters into your own hands and home-school.
Today, Penang’s Dalat School appears as modern as the beach-side condominiums it stands beside.
A learning centre in Gombak founded by multiple-time Miss Malaysia, Deborah Henry, provides displaced Somali refugees access to formal education.
A passport country, a residing country and a third culture for the kids who identify more readily with others in similar circumstances.
Studies indicate close to one in five children have what is termed a 'special educational need' during their school years. Learn more here.
Is this the right preschool/ nursery for your child? Read on to know more about the questions you should be asking.