GIIS SMART Campus launch signals new wave of modern schooling

SMART Campus offers multiple curricula coupled with 9GEMSTM Model of value-based learning beyond academics

From left to right: Mr. Jawed Ashraf, High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Singapore, Mr NG Chee Meng, Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Adviser and MP for Pasir Ris – Punggol GRC and Mr Atul Temurnikar, Co-founder and Chairman, Global Schools Foundation (GSF) Singapore at the Global Indian International School (GIIS) SMART Campus Launch. Photo courtesy: GIIS
From left to right: H.E. Jawed Ashraf, High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Singapore, N G Chee Meng, Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Adviser and MP for Pasir Ris – Punggol GRC and Atul Temurnikar, Co-founder and Chairman, Global Schools Foundation (GSF) Singapore at the Global Indian International School (GIIS) SMART Campus Launch. Photo courtesy: GIIS

Global Indian International School (GIIS) in Singapore launched its flagship SMART Campus last week. A release issued by the school described its approach to education as one "combining 21st-century pedagogy with state-of-the-art facilities to provide a holistic, innovative and disruptive education, allowing GIIS to nurture future-ready global citizens".

Ng Chee Meng, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and Member of Parliament Pasir Ris, Punggol GRC officially opened the SMART Campus in the presence of the High Commissioner of India to Singapore, H.E. Jawed Ashraf.

Commenting on the occasion, the High Commissioner said, “There are a few things that struck me when I visited this SMART Campus. The first being that it is architecturally brilliant, shaped like a nest that nurtures the leaders of tomorrow. It is technologically state-of-the-art and yet fosters a sense of human interaction and teamwork. It is the globalising face of India and still connected to its heritage."

GIIS students putting on a Malay-Chinese Fusion dance performance. Photo courtesy: GIIS
GIIS students putting on a Malay-Chinese Fusion dance performance. Photo courtesy: GIIS

"For all its innovation and the brilliance of its campus, GIIS is producing students that are not only equipped to deal with the challenges and the opportunities of the 21st Century with technological skills, but with all those attributes that are important to build leadership and to be the force of change in society,” he added.

9GEMSTM Model promotes value-based learning beyond academics through a holistic development framework which emphasises academic and sports excellence, visual and performing arts, personality development, innovation and creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership, universal values and ethics, community and care and overall skill development amongst all students, a GIIS statement said.

Atul Temurnikar Co-founder and Chairman, Global Schools Foundation (GSF) Singapore Photo courtesy: GIIS
Atul Temurnikar Co-founder and Chairman, Global Schools Foundation (GSF) Singapore Photo courtesy: GIIS

Atul Temurnikar, Co-Founder & Chairman of GIIS, said, “GIIS is committed to nurturing global citizens who are future-ready for any job they choose. The SMART Campus allows us to expose our students to technology and disruption at every step of their educational journey from the day they join GIIS. Our multi curricula offering coupled with 9GEMSTM Model instills four key skills in all our students – critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity – that further prepares them for the challenges of tomorrow."

Atul is regarded as one of the most successful businessmen of Indian origin in Singapore. It is his vision, which has taken the GIIS brand to cosmopolitan destinations across the world touching lives of 20,000 students across 23 campuses in seven countries in Asia and the Middle East. GIIS SMART Campus is considered a major milestone as the facilities and infrastructure of the school are at par if not ahead of some of the more established international school and miles ahead of schools of Indian origin. 

This is the flagship campus of GIIS, which has two other campuses in Singapore at East Coast and Mountbatten.

Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and Member of Parliament Pasir Ris – Punggol GRC speaking during the event. Photo courtesy: GIIS
Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and Member of Parliament Pasir Ris – Punggol GRC speaking during the event. Photo courtesy: GIIS

Speaking at the opening, Minister Ng Chee Meng said, “The SMART Campus is the latest addition to our energetic Punggol Kampung. The Campus is designed to meet the learning needs of students and develop 21st century skills. By so doing, every student is afforded an opportunity to get an all-rounded experience for them to excel in the increasingly complex and globalised world. GIIS has struck a good balance between academia and future skills development, with the SMART Campus furthering their commitment.”

Among its various unique features, the SMART Campus will leverage proprietary data analytics software to improve learning and teaching outcomes across the school’s infrastructure. These include 92 digitally connected SMART classrooms connected with 2GB fibre networks, more than 40 skills-based studios, eight SMART science, composite and design technology labs, four multipurpose halls for sports and performances, and unique concepts like Student Innovation Rooms, Flipped Classrooms and Learning Commons for collaborative learning.

The SMART Campus is also equipped with technologies such as Sports Performance Enhancing Data Analytics System (SPEDAS) to enhance student performance in sports, and smart features including facial recognition.

GIIS students' choir on stage during the ceremonies. Photo courtesy: GIIS
GIIS students' choir on stage during the ceremonies. Photo courtesy: GIIS

Other features include green initiatives such as motion sensors, using natural materials like terracotta on the building façade to increase air-con efficiency and conserving water through all available resources.

The SMART Campus offers multiple International curricula including International Baccalaureate (IB), International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Global Montessori Programme (GMP).  Students benefit from the option of seamless movement across all 23 GIIS Campuses in 7 different countries across Asia and the Middle East.

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