International branches of top British educational establishments proving popular

by Ray Clancy on August 23, 2013

International branches of top British educational establishments proving popular

International branches of top British educational establishments proving popular

Top British schools have been successfully establishing overseas branches as demand from expat and domestic families continues to grow. Among those who have taken this route is Marlborough College which opened in Malaysia last year and now has 600 pupils on its roll and Wellington which opened in China in 2011 and will have a second branch opening next year.

The success is due to a British style education being popular and regarded as one that will help its pupils do well in the world wherever they are. Completing an education at a British school is also regarded as a stepping stone to getting a place at a top British university, the foundation of a good career. UK universities have been establishing branches abroad for some time. The University of Nottingham and Manchester Business School have campuses in China, Dubai and Singapore.

It is estimated that in the last decade the number of British schools worldwide has risen from 2,600 to 6,300, providing expats with more choice than ever. The United Arab Emirates, for example, has more British schools than any other foreign country with approximately 370. Many top British schools and universities also run summer schools where pupils and students can study a number of subjects, including English.

Quote from : “There is a large number of schools, both primary and secondary in Dubai. Some offer the British curriculum, some an International one (often with the Baccalaureate at age 18) and a couple run on the American system. Others are largely for children from India or Pakistan, or other nationalities, so there is a school for everyone. Ones marked MOE are run directly by the Ministry of Education with lessons in Arabic”

Marlborough College Malaysia plans to expand steadily having started with just 300 pupils in 2012. It should reach its maximum capacity of 1,350 pupils by 2018. The school is situated on the southern tip of Malaysia in Iskandar, just across the second causeway from Singapore. ‘Marlborough College has always been at the forefront of educational innovation, in 1968 it was the first major public school to take girls, in the 1970s it developed new A level courses in Mathematics and Business Studies and in 1989 it went fully co-educational so we viewed the opportunity to become a truly international brand as one which we should embrace and use to strengthen further our position as a leader in the educational world,’ said the schools Malaysia Master Robert Pick.

‘The development of the College in Malaysia, on a spacious and secure 90 acre site, provides an opportunity to bring the ethos, culture, values and strengths of, what I believe to be, the leading English independent co-educational boarding school, to South East Asia,’ he added. Marlborough College Malaysia is a fully coeducational, independent boarding and day school. The boarding and day Senior School is for pupils aged 13 to 18 and there is also a day Preparatory School for pupils aged between four and 12 with the option of boarding from the age of nine.

Wellington College’s Shanghai campus will open in August 2014. Master David Cook described the launch as ‘the most exciting adventure on the world education scene’. He founded the first Wellington school in Tianjin which opened its doors in 2011 and had its first intake of boarding pupils this month. ‘Even at this early stage of development, Wellington in Shanghai is going to be a very special school. In addition to our stated intention to be the best, there is the wonderful state of the art facility in the Pudong district, purpose built and encompassing everything required for academic and extra curricular excellence in 21st century international education,’ said Cook.

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Chris Ennew August 24, 2013 at 4:54 am

The University of Nottingham also has a full campus in Malaysia – just outside of KL – where we teach a comprehensive range of programmes at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. See for further information.

We don't actually have campuses in Dubai or Singapore although we do teach some specialist programmes there.


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