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IPO Q&A with Fairview International: “The best quality education really needs to be for everyone”

11:49, 10th June 2024
John Hughman

In this interview Dr. Vincent Chian, Head of Business Development at Fairview International, discusses the company's imminent listing on the London Stock Exchange. Fairview International, which operates two prestigious schools in Malaysia, and plans to expand its innovative education model across the UK and Asia. Dr. Chian, a former psychiatrist, emphasizes the importance of building resilience in students to prevent future mental health issues, a philosophy that underpins Fairview's educational approach.

Fairview specializes in the International Baccalaureate (IB), a curriculum renowned for its emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving over rote memorization. Dr. Chian highlights the IB's proven success, noting that IB students are three times more likely to be accepted into top UK universities and have double the acceptance rate at Ivy League schools in the US.

A key differentiator for Fairview is its commitment to accessibility. Unlike many IB schools that charge exorbitant fees, Fairview offers top-tier education at a significantly lower cost, making high-quality education attainable for a broader demographic. The company's success is evident, with Fairview consistently ranking as the top IB school in Malaysia and among the top 100 worldwide.

Dr. Chian also explains Fairview's robust teacher training program, which ensures a steady pipeline of skilled IB educators. This training involves rigorous research components, turning teachers into a dynamic R&D team that continually enhances educational practices.

As Fairview prepares for its IPO, the focus is on expanding its network through strategic acquisitions and organic growth. Plans include establishing a presence in the UK to serve as a base for training British teachers and providing a safe, familiar environment for Asian students transitioning to UK universities. Additionally, the company aims to tap into the rapidly growing middle-class market in Asia by offering affordable IB education.

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Fairview has maintained strong financial performance, demonstrating resilience and adaptability. With its innovative approach and commitment to excellence, Fairview International is poised to make a significant impact on the global education landscape.


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