I write this week with some very exciting news regarding the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, more commonly known as MIT.
One of the benefits of being part of a global organisation such as Nord Anglia Education is that we are able to develop links with some very prestigious institutions around the world to help enhance the education for our students and our staff. For example, this term sees the formal launch of our Juilliard Music Programme and our teachers will be commencing a Masters’ in Teaching with Kings College London.
MIT has long been regarded as one of the leading academic institutions in the world, particularly in the realms of Engineering and Science. Their academic programmes are of the highest level and their cutting edge innovation has led to a huge number of Nobel prizes and other awards.
The MIT link for the school will be focused on students in Upper Primary and Lower Secondary. Our aim is to instil in these young minds an analytical and creative outlook which will aid them throughout their school lives and will help them across all subjects. During 2017 a number of MIT Challenges will be set for all students to take part in and which will form part of our regular curriculum.
In addition to the challenges I am very pleased to announce that 50 BIS students will have the opportunity to go to Boston to spend a week at MIT next May. During that time they will work on projects with MIT professors and with other students from other Nord Anglia schools. Our teachers will also receive training to ensure that the teaching of Science in both Primary and Secondary is of the very highest standard. More information will come out regarding the MIT trip in due course.
Opportunities like this are few and far between and it is such a privilege to have it available for our school. Not only does it make a difference to all the students engaged with the challenges, this programme can also help raise all our students’ ambitions as they realise that MIT and similar institutions are within their reach and very much achievable.