The International School of Penang: Inspiring Future Leaders in an International Environment

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Since its establishment at the top of Penang Hill in 1955, The International School of Penang (Uplands) has proven to be one of the leading international schools in Malaysia, where the promise of quality education is realised within an international teaching environment.

Uplands School is a multicultural and multinational community. With the school Motto “Respect for self. Respect for others”, Uplands upholds the following core values in high regard: compassion, integrity, mutual respect, courage, and open-mindedness. The school aims to foster a learning environment that further nurtures well-rounded individuals who will make invaluable contributions to the society in which they live. Students receive a wealth of quality education from an international teaching faculty, as well as a range of sporting and co-curricular activities cultivating teamwork, self-confidence, and all-roundedness. Year upon year, Uplands students have attained academic results that are consistently higher than global averages, with some achieving perfect scores in the IB Diploma pre-university course and receiving prestigious university scholarships.

At Uplands, there is a strong system of pastoral care. Students are encouraged to be self-disciplined in pursuing academic excellence, embracing challenges, and undertaking risks they come by in their course to future success.

Students at Uplands also get to enjoy adventurous trips overseas to expand their horizons beyond conventional classroom-based studies. The Uplands School Student Council allows students to have a voice in the day-to-day running of the school, ably representing the interests of their peers. Boarding students at Uplands also enjoy the added benefits of fully integrating themselves within campus life while learning to be independent.

For children who are 5 to 11 years old, Uplands offers the Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). In June 2006, Uplands became the first school in Malaysia to be authorized by the IBO to offer their IB PYP.

At Years 7-9, the Secondary School offers a broad base of studies leading to the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). At this level, Uplands aims to prepare students for higher education and their role in the world.

Ultimately, the Uplands School curriculum is focused on providing the best preparation for the IB Diploma Programme, reserved for students between 16 and 19 years old. Uplands is an IB World School, a Center for the University of Cambridge International Examinations programme, and also an Edexcel Approved Center. The International School of Penang is an IB World School, also recognised by the Malaysian Ministry of Education and permitted to admit both foreign and local students. Uplands is a member of the Boarding Schools Association (BSA); The Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA); member of The Association of International Malaysian Schools (AIMS); and approved to offer external examinations by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), Cambridge International Examinations Board (CIE), and Edexcel International Examinations Board. The school received an award from the Malaysian Ministry of Education as recognition of one of the leading international schools in the nation. The school was previously twice accredited under its CIS (Council of International Schools) affiliation, as well as the British Schools Overseas scheme.

Uplands has one of the best IB Diploma Programmes in Southeast Asia, taught by experienced teachers with international qualifications. Uplands students consistently achieve examination results that are well above the global average, and thus have successfully gained admission into some of the most prestigious universities worldwide.

The International School of Penang (Uplands) is a non-profit, co-educational Reception, Primary and Secondary School (Reception, Year 1 to Year 13) with boarding facilities, open to children aged 4 to 18 years old. It is one of the leading international schools in Malaysia, offering the IB PYP, IB Diploma, and IGCSE qualifications. For more information on Uplands, visit


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Source: The Expat magazine October 2015

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