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College Partnership Gives Thai Students Route to University
Six students from Thailand will be joining City College Plymouth in January, thanks to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed with a Bangkok-based high-achieving boys’ school. The students from Bangkok Christian College will spend five months on the College’s Prince Programme, gaining a qualification that will give them entry to universities in the UK.
The pre-university foundation course offers science and business pathways, with an intensive introduction to the UK-way of study. As part of the course, the students will complete projects, make presentations and work on group initiatives, all while building their English skills. They will be encouraged to join in with College activities and be part of the wider community, to get the most out of their time in Plymouth.
Established in 1852, Bangkok Christian College is the oldest school in Thailand. It has a strong reputation for the quality of its teaching, with around 5,000 students across 12 grades.
City College Principal and Chief Executive, Phil Davies, and Bangkok Christian College Principal, Suphakij Jitklongsub, signed the agreement on a delegation visit to Plymouth recently. As well as meetings at the College and Plymouth University, the overseas guests had a tour of the City, taking in the Barbican, Hoe and City Centre. The following day, they experienced lunch in a traditional country pub and took in the beautiful landscapes of Dartmoor. The trip reciprocated a visit by City College to Bangkok in September, when the two Principals signed an initial agreement.
“We were delighted to be able to welcome the delegation from Bangkok, to talk about what the College can offer and showcase our wonderful City,” said Head of International Development, Jessica Randall. “We have taken quite an innovative approach by building an individual relationship that ensures the best possible offer for both institutions.
“The MOU with Bangkok Christian College is the latest addition to our growing partnerships with schools in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. We are now working with a number of different schools to give overseas students a ‘study abroad experience’ as well as route into British universities.
“We work closely with the countries’ ministries and education authorities, to make sure they support the programme and allow our partner schools to embed the programme into the curriculum. It is also important that students can transfer grades and credits back into their own education systems, to finish their secondary studies in their own countries.
“These initiatives strengthen the College’s internationalisation, broadening the mix of cultures in our community for the benefit of both our home and overseas students.”
The six students from Bangkok Christian College will bring the total number from partner international schools arriving in January and February to 60. These students will join the September entry students at the College, mostly from China, bringing the total number of international student enrolments to 180. To further promote Plymouth and the College, 20 principals will be visiting the City, with a journalist from each country, in March 2017. The College is also planning for a group of up to 60 younger students from partner schools to come to Plymouth for English language training.
With the arrival of students from Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia in mid-January and at the end of February, the College is looking for host families to accommodate and care for them. To find out more about this opportunity, please call 01752 305300 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Photograph: Suphakij Jitklongsub, Bangkok Christian College Principal and Phil Davies, City College Principal and Chief Executive, sign the partnership agreement