This article originally appeared in The Star newspaper on Tuesday 6 October, 2015.
With a robust economy and a thriving expatriate population, the state of Penang today represents a growing hub for international schools in the northern region. Currently host to 8 international schools, more international schools are expected to open in the near future.
International schools have become a popular choice for both expatriate and Malaysian parents because of the use of the English language as the main medium of instruction, and the curriculum that is benchmarked globally. Additionally, there is a greater emphasis on non-academic pursuits such as the arts and sports in international schools, thus providing students with more opportunities to excel. Another advantage of an international education is the smaller class size which ensures greater personal attention to each child.
With a growing number of international schools in the state as well as in the country in general offering different curricula, facilities, and fee structures, parents today have more options. To find out more about schools in Penang, you can visit the upcoming Private & International School Fair on 18 Oct at Hotel Jen, Penang from noon to 5pm. The 4th fair in the series in Penang, the fair offers parents the opportunity to speak to representatives from leading international schools in Penang. Admission to the fair is free.
Nickie Yew, co-founder and director of Mint Communications, says, “As an advocate of quality international education, Mint Communications initiated the Private & International School fairs to provide parents with options in international schools in a convenient location. Since the fairs began in 2012, many parents have found the fairs to be an essential part of their process of finding the right school for their children.” As the cost of an international school education can be substantial, parents are advised to spend the necessary time and effort on researching the most suitable school for their child.
The next fair in Kuala Lumpur will be held on 7 and 8 November 2015 at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre from 11am to 6pm.
Another advantage of visiting the fair is that visitors will be able to get a copy of the latest edition of the Education Destination Malaysia, a comprehensive guidebook that showcases the full spectrum of international schools in Malaysia, as well as instructional articles by education experts, at a discounted price.
Visitors who register at www.PrivateInternationalSchoolFair.com before the fair will be able to bypass the queue and receive a complimentary goody bag.
Event Details at a Glance:
4th Private & International School Fair in Penang
Date : 18 October 2015 Time : 12.00pm – 5.00pm Venue : Hotel Jen, Penang
6th Private & International School Fair in Kuala Lumpur
Date : 7-8 November 2015 Time : 11.00am – 6.00pm Venue : Mid Valley Exhibition Centre