Jaspal Sidhu spoke to NOW! Jakarta about his vision for SIS and his long-term goals in Indonesia.
What encouraged you to become an edupreneur? I have worked in Indonesia for more than 25 years as an engineer all the way from North Sumatra to Kalimantan. One thing that struck me was an under-performing education industry in terms of quality schools in this lovely archipelago. And when I do find progressive schools, they are simply too expensive. Quality education should be accessible to as many income levels as possible. That was the thought process.
Singapore Intercultural School (SIS BV) formerly known as Singapore International School, based in South Jakarta, Bona Vista announced that it will have two academic intakes as of 2017: the current academic intake is from January 2017 to December 2017 (for Southern Hemisphere universities/colleges), the second in August 2017 to June 2018 (for Northern Hemisphere universities/colleges). This allows real flexibility to SIS students and parents in seek of the best tertiary institutions out there.
Formerly named Singapore International Schools, SIS Group of Schools was established in 1996 with its first premises in North Jakarta. Today, SIS Group of schools operates eight schools across Indonesia. Adopting the Singapore educational curriculum, SIS Group of Schools’ reputation of excellence is well-established and recognised as a qualified international educational institution through the IGSCE and IB programmes which are offered at its schools. The SIS programme is imbibed by important life and work skills through our PACE initiative: Perseverance, Analytical Thinking, Collaboration/Communication and Entrepreneurism. Our philosophy ‘Inspired Learning for Inspired Futures’ echoes our belief that education is more than teaching - it is about inspiring our children to learn.