PLANS are now underway for the setting up of the British Council School in Kuala Lumpur, next year.
The new school in Sentul West, Kuala Lumpur, will offer its outstanding quality of education aimed at Malaysian nationals.
It will have an emphasis on multilingual and multicultural learning.
The plans were announced by British Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Sajid Javid, who also said that 2016 would be a year of celebration of the strong education relationship between the UK and Malaysia.
Javid was in the country recently as part of the British Prime Minister’s official delegation to several South Asian countries.
He visited the British Council offices, spoke to students, and also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the British Council and property development company YTL Land & Development Berhad.
The British Council has operated in Malaysia since 1947, offering educational and cultural links and exchanges with the UK, and acting as a major player in the teaching and learning of English.
The British Council currently runs one school in Madrid, Spain, offering a bilingual and bicultural education to Spanish nationals.
The school recently was rated “outstanding” in all aspects of education from Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills), which reports on the quality of education in British schools.
British Council Malaysia director Gavin Anderson said this was an exciting step forward.
“We are well known across Malaysia for the quality of our English teaching, and our broader role in bringing the education worlds of Malaysia and the UK together.
“Our school will take that work onto a new level, while helping to develop the next generation of Malaysian global citizens and leaders,” he said.
YTL Land & Development Berhad executive director Datuk Victor Yeoh Seok Kian said: “We are honoured to be associated with the British Council, a leading global institution, in developing their first international school in Kuala Lumpur.”
“We share the British Council’s aspiration to create a first class educational environment within the new international school as this will complement our Sentul West and Sentul East Master Plan very well.
“The initiative is also in line with our philosophy and long-term vision for the urban rejuvenation of Sentul.
“It capitalises on strategic opportunities to create living environments that are sustainable, engaging and inviting for our growing young urban population,” he said.