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Malaysia, in top 10 list with most international schools

MALAYSIA is among the Top 10 countries in Asia with the most number of international schools, according to the latest report published by ISC Research (ISC).

Southeast Asian nations dominated the list of countries with the most number of premium, English-medium international schools in the greater East Asia region.

Indonesia came in at third with 190 international schools, followed by Thailand in fourth with 181 and Hong Kong in fifth with 177. Next came Cambodia with 114 followed by Vietnam with 111 and Singapore with 110.

China still dominated the list with 567 international schools, more than double the number of international schools in Japan, which came in second with 257.

The data was released by ISC Research, the world’s leading authority on market intelligence on international schools, ahead of the forthcoming International Private Schools Education Forum (IPSEF) conference which will be taking place in Kuala Lumpur from March 22 to 24.

IPSEF co-founder Rhona Greenhill, citing data from the ISC report, said East Asia has seen growth from 828 international schools in 2013 to 1,125 international schools this year, an increase of 32%, while Southeast Asia has recorded a 39% growth in the number of international schools from 725 to 1,008 over the same period.

“We see a lot of growth potential in this part of the world for private and international schools mainly as a result of the continued growth of the economies in East and Southeast Asia.

“This is why we have gathered some of the world’s leading experts to present insights on the development prospects as well as challenges confronting the education sector in the region, to enable stakeholders to take advantage of the opportunities and hopefully mitigate the risks,” Greenhill added.

Sami Yosef, Head of South East Asia Research at ISC Research, will present data and intelligence on the developments and opportunities for international school investment in East and Southeast Asia. He will announce more country-specific data and intelligence at IPSEF, Asia’s leading education conference for the private and international schools sector.

South Africa’s Curro Group will also be presenting various models for developing low-cost, yet high quality education fit for emerging markets in Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Myanmar.

Teacher recruitment will also be a key issue at the conference, as recruiting top talent has always been a great challenge for many international schools, with key presentations on teacher retention and global recruitment and placement of teachers.

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