- Mazen Tammar, Education Sector Manager at RCRC: “Attracting prestigious global institutions such as OWIS is a big part of how Riyadh creates a world-class education ecosystem. This is an important step in improving educational opportunities for all residents of Riyadh”
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Singapore’s prestigious Global Schools Foundation (GSF) will open its first school campus in the Saudi capital in August 2022, the Royal Commission for the City of Riyadh (RCRC) announced today. This announcement is a new step for the RCRC’s International School Attraction Program, an initiative to bring international schools to the Saudi capital in partnership with the Kingdom’s Ministry of Investment and Ministry of Education.
Mazen Tammar, Education Sector Manager at RCRC, said, “Attracting prestigious global institutions such as OWIS is a big part of how Riyadh creates a world-class education ecosystem. This is an important step in improving educational opportunities for all residents of Riyadh. The international institutions brought here by the RCRC will not only improve the education sector, but also help transform the capital into one of the most competitive and livable cities in the world by 2030.”
The GSF currently operates 26 campuses in eight countries with a student strength of over 25,000 from 70 nationalities. Recognized as the most awarded network of schools in the world by the World Book of Records, London, UK and Switzerland in 2021, GSF has received 350 international awards for educational excellence, health and safety, social orientation and emotional and organizational excellence from the world’s leading awards bodies. .
The school offers comprehensive and holistic educational programs that include arts, sports, music, and languages. OWIS offers personalized instruction for different stages of development, including the International Baccalaureate (IB), Primary Years Program (PP), and an American curriculum based on Common State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
OWIS has received recognition from renowned organizations such as the Asia-Pacific Quality Organization for its innovative practices in international programs. The Foundation has a proven track record in creating technology-enabled learning environments and providing diverse linguistic and cultural exposure to students from Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, from India, United Arab Emirates and Malaysia.
Atul Temurnikar, President of GSF, said, “OWIS believes in inclusive education to help the next generation become globally minded young adults. The school has also adapted its teaching to meet the needs of changing times. The Riyadh campus will reflect OWIS’ inherent philosophy of commitment to quality education. It will also give students the right foundation to propel them towards international success in the future.
The school offers a modern, state-of-the-art infrastructure in a digital environment, designed to impart 21st century learning capabilities to make students curious explorers, able to apply their education in experiences of the world. real. Through sport and skill-based learning, students will have the opportunity to hone their inherent talents and learn new skills. The range of programs offered includes coding, robotics, design and technology, and STEM-related studies.
Students at OWIS in Riyadh will be exposed to peers, experts, and faculty from the GSF’s global education network through inter-school, inter-campus, and international activities to support building strong student and student portfolios. a global mindset. GSF’s educational offering is underpinned by value-driven programs that build emotional intelligence, encourage awareness and empower students to thrive in culturally diverse environments.
Distinguished as one of the best education systems in the world by the OECD, Singapore’s education system has ranked in the top five in terms of educational outcomes by both the Program for International School Assessment (PISA) and by Trends in the International Study of Mathematics and Science (TIMSS).
About the Royal Commission for the City of Riyadh
The Royal Commission for the City of Riyadh (RCRC) oversees strategic, comprehensive, multi-phased development programs aimed at transforming Riyadh into one of the top ten urban economies by 2030. Established in 1974 as the “High -commissariat for the development of Arriyadh”, the organization was renamed “The Riyadh Development Authority” in 2018, then became “The Royal Commission for Riyadh City” by a royal decree in 2019.
About The World Schools Foundation
Founded in 2002, Singapore-based GSF has several international brands under its umbrella, including OWIS, Dwight School – Korea, GIIS, and more. It operates 26 campuses in eight countries and has more than 25,000 students from 70 nationalities in Asia and the Middle East. , and is internationally recognized for its high standards in established academic criteria, management processes and quality of governance. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be the ninth country in the GSF network.
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