Designing The Future by Mr. Daniel Chian
(Chairman / Council of Governors)
What a year 2018 has been for all of us. Who would have thought a 93 year old man would be the catalyst of change in Malaysia. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s second coming as Prime Minister, captured the attention of the world, as well as bringing in great excitement to the Malaysian education field.
Back en vogue is the usage of English, and a much greater emphasis on STEM education. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach, rather than teaching the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects.
We have been doing this at Fairview, long before it became trendy, because one of our core aim as a school is to have students who are “future ready”, hence our identification on the importance of English and the STEM subjects.
No doubt, over the years the education methods have indeed evolved from using blackboards to whiteboards and now to Ipads and mobile applications. School fields, have been replaced with a full fledge educational resort in Port Dickson. But the spirit of our teaching and learning remains the same.
For those who have just joined Fairview, allow me to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Fairview family.
Some 40 years ago, this school was set up along Jalan Ampang, at the heart of Kuala Lumpur. At that point of time, we were a cabin school. Never did we imagine that someday, we would grow up to be the largest International Baccalaureate World School in Malaysia.
Looking back, our core aim has always about providing quality and affordable education. Now that we are the largest international school in this country, providing IB education, our goals and aim remains the same: to provide quality and affordable education.
Being involved in this school seems to be merely a “brief moment in time”. That statement itself should summarise, the personal joy, I have in being involved with Fairview International School.
We have also realised that it is just not enough to provide quality primary and secondary education to our loved ones. Instead, we should guide them to the next level.
With this in mind, Fairview has two quality university pathways in the offing, namely the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY), which guarantees students access to some 13 universities in the United Kingdom, as well as the IB Diploma Programme, which has a 100 per cent passing rate.
We are in the top 27 per cent, best IBDP school in the world, while our University College Fairway, the only such university in South East Asia which offers post graduate studies to those intending to pursue a career as an IB teacher is starting to receive overwhelming support from the general public.
I take great pleasure in being the chairman of this school, having seen my own children grow up within the four walls of Fairview and have careers on their own right.
I am pleased to inform you that the ethos of the school is still the same, which is education for a better world.
While other IB World Schools are teaching students, Fairview is educating and training these teachers for other IB World Schools.