Established in Singapore 32 years ago, KinderWorld Education Group ventured into Vietnam in 2000. Since then, the firm has worked closely with the authority to implement practical education programs for students in Vietnam and especially in Hanoi - the capital city, said Chairman of the Group Ricky Tan in an interview granted to Hanoitimes.
Can you share with us about the investment activities of KinderWorld in Vietnam?
Chairman of KinderWorld Education Group – Mr Ricky Tan (on right) with the “For the Cause of the Capital City Development” Medal
KinderWorld currently operates 18 campuses under the brand names of KinderWorld International Kindergarten, Singapore International School, Singapore Vietnam International School, Pegasus International College (PIC), and Outward Bound Vietnam (OBV) in Vietnam. We also operate UniWorld International School in Malaysia and SISA-Amata School (Amata) in Thailand.
Our firm has achieved a significant position in the international education market in Vietnam. From 2008 to 2015, KinderWorld Education Group was recognized with the Golden Dragon Awards by the Vietnam Economic Times 5 times for being the premium international education provider in Vietnam. Students from KinderWorld’s group of schools consistently achieve top results in international examinations and many have continued their education in well-established universities in America, Australia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
We are delighted to announce that in 2016, all Singapore International Schools in KinderWorld Education Group system have attained accreditation by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
At the Hanoi – Investment and Cooperation Development event on June 25, 2017, Hanoi People’s Committee and KinderWorld Education Group signed an MOU. Can you share about the implementation of collaboration in this MOU?
As part of the MOU, Hanoi People’s Committee will provide guidance to KinderWorld for land site introduction and investment procedures. Our group is actively cooperating with the Department of Planning and Investment to explore suitable locations for prospective establishment of our flagship education models namely Singapore International School (Super School), Pegasus Smart Uni-City and Outward Bound Vietnam.
Additionally, as a responsible Singaporean enterprise, KinderWorld also committed to offer nearly 400 scholarships in English, hospitality training and experiential learning, worth up to VND5 billion, to officers, working adults, teachers, underprivileged students in Hanoi, thus contributing to the sustainable human capital development of the city.
Representatives of KinderWorld Education Group awarding the donation to Operations Smile at Singapore International School Students Run and Fun Fair event, May 2018
KinderWorld has had many meetings with the Hanoi Department of Tourism to discuss the plan of training implementation for hospitality related courses. It resulted in the first Advanced Tourism Management Courses for 20 officers being kicked off at Pegasus International UniCentre (our vocational training arm) in March 2018. With this initial success, our academic team is finalizing the details with the authority for conducting more training in June 2018.
In March 2018, Singapore International School @ Gamuda Gardens had the honor to host the “Situations and solutions for developing private preschool education after 15 years of Hoang Mai District establishment (2003 – 2018)” workshop for 300 preschool educators and teachers.
The group also successfully co-hosted the First Round of Asia – Pacific Mathematical Olympiad for Primary Schools (APMOPS) 2018 in Vietnam and sponsored qualified top students to attend the Final Round in Singapore. Through the Students Run and Fun Fair event at Singapore International School in May, more than VND620 million was raised and donated to Operations Smile Vietnam, to fund the surgery for underprivileged students with facial deformities.
KinderWorld Education Group and our affiliated schools and colleges will continue to work closely with the People’s Committee and relevant Authority Departments to implement more practical training programs and charitable donations as committed in the signed MOU.
What do you think of the attractiveness in Vietnam’s investment environment for a FDI in education? As a FDI in Vietnam, can you share with us the advantages and challenges?
Singapore International School students learning how to make a robot with instructors from TinkRworks (USA)
With the increase in the middle-class population, there is plenty of opportunities for business growth and investment in Vietnam as parents wish for their children to receive a broader education that would prepare their children to be future-ready.
Vietnam has achieved remarkably high and inclusive GDP growth since the late 1980s. GDP growth per capita increased 3.5 fold during the period of 1991 – 2012. In 2017, Vietnam income per capita has nearly reached USD $2,400, and the economy growth rate hit a 10-year high record of 6.8%.
Which initiatives KinderWorld has taken on to innovate its education model to keep up with the current trend and the Technology Revolution 4.0?
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education is increasing in importance around the world. KinderWorld International Kindergartens and Singapore International Schools are embedding STEM education into the curriculum with a focus on problem-based learning activities that engage students in STEM projects such as robotics and coding. This approach also involves students in design thinking and creative problem solving.
As part of KinderWorld’s complete approach to education, the development of Outward Bound Vietnam was initiated to inspire and appreciate social, cultural and community differences. OBV introduces a unique programme which fosters interpersonal, leadership, survival skills and instills social/ environmental responsibility through unique outdoor activities and adventure-based experiential learning.
Singapore International Schools ensure that students have the opportunity to build character and a range of soft skills including perseverance, resilience, self-confidence and team work by including Outward Bound courses in the curriculum. These courses are professionally organized and delivered by Outward Bound Vietnam in consultation with Singapore International Schools to ensure our students are well prepared as future global citizens.
On June 25, 2017, Mr. Ricky Tan, Chairman of KinderWorld Education Group was awarded the medal “For the Cause of the Capital City Development” by Hanoi People’s Committee for his contributions to the development of the city over the years through a range of charitable activities and scholarships.