Phuket International Academy (PIA), located within the grounds of Thanyapura, in the north of Phuket, is set to become the first and only United World College (UWC) in Thailand, after two years of hard work and discussions with the London based organisation.
With an alumni represented by more than 55,000 graduates from all around the globe, UWC has gained a worldwide reputation for developing young people who have a desire to work towards achieving peace and sustainable future.
“We are excited about the direction in which the school is moving”, said Julian Whiteley, Chief Executive of Phuket International Academy. “We aim to challenge our students in all areas of our educational programme and encourage them to take the initiative, exercise self-discipline and accept responsibility for their actions. By so doing, they will develop the skills and qualities necessary for them to live happy and successful lives.”
The decision to create a UWC in Phuket will transform the educational landscape on the island and promote growth in the north, particularly with the school being so close to the airport.
“Already, I have talked with some parents who are changing their life plan because they want their children to be educated at a UWC. We have also had a number of people contacting us from Bangkok as they have heard the news and intend to move to Phuket to be part of our community.”
Julian Whiteley, formerly the Head of the United World College of South East Asia, Singapore, which is widely acknowledged as being amongst the top ten international schools in the world, moved to Phuket because he shared the vision of the founder of Thanyapura and Phuket International Academy.
“Not only are the aspirations of UWC and Phuket International Academy very similar, they align perfectly with my own philosophy of education and life. At the heart of this is a deeply held belief that education is about the personnel development of all aspects of a child, it is not just about academics. Whilst it is possible to learn a certain amount in the classroom, so much more can be learnt by interacting with the world outside school. Hence the emphasis we place on outdoor education and service to the community.”
In August, the school will welcome 25 scholars from around the world who have been selected, not because of their academic ability, but their leadership skills and desire to be future change-makers. They will add to the cultural diversity of the school.
Phuket International Academy, due to become United World College Thailand in August 2016, is located at Thanyapura, 115/15 Moo.7 , Thepkasattri Rd., Thalang, Phuket and can be reached via phone at +66 76 336 076 or through their website www.phuketinternationalacademy.com.