Today we hosted a meeting of school leaders from the Association of International Malaysian Schools (AIMS). AIMS was initially formed in 1997 with a group of ten schools and now has a membership of thirty international schools across Malaysia. It is a non-profit making membership organisation, dedicated to the advancement of international education in Malaysia, via the provision of services to its member schools.
AIMS looks to promote understanding between international school communities and the people of the host country, Malaysia, as well as further international cooperation by encouraging cultural, academic and sporting links between schools.
It provides a forum for international schools in Malaysia to meet and discuss matters of mutual interest to the educational needs of students and provides a channel of communication with the Ministry of Education. AIMS also acts as a consultative body contributing to the improvement of educational standards in Malaysia. AIMS schools are varied in composition, enrolment and curriculum and in most instances are independent in ownership and management.
A key focus of AIMS in recent years has been improving CPD for teachers, sharing of best practice, job-alike workshops, and sports opportunities for students. For example, Alice Smith is hosting the AIMS Primary Orchestra Festival in May 2018, with six schools signed up and a programme that is already at capacity! In addition, we are hoping to offer a course to 20 AIMS music teachers in December, with specialist training delivered by an Australian expert.
For Alice Smith, membership of AIMS locally, as well of FOBISIA, COBIS and EARCOS regionally and worldwide, provides helpful educational links and supports our development as a leading international school.
A recent International Schools Consultancy (ISC) report stated Southeast Asia recorded a 39% growth in the number of international schools from 725 to 1008 since 2013. Indonesia is highest among Southeast Asian countries with 190 schools, followed by Thailand (181), Malaysia (170), Cambodia (114) and Vietnam (111).
Malaysia however, was reported as having the highest number of students (71,589) in Southeast Asia enrolled in premium English-medium international schools, followed by Thailand (64,928 students) and Singapore (63,789). Indonesia and Vietnam complete the top five with 57,402 and 40,003 students. Student enrolment in international schools has gone up by 33.9% over the last four years across the region.
Have a safe weekend.
Head of School
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