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Education


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TIS in loco parentis T


he International School of Macau (TIS) is a few weeks away from opening the city’s  rst board-


ing school. It will allow students from grades 7 to 12 to gain independence in a structured and safe environment, Howard Stribbell, head of schools at TIS, told Macau Business. The Canadian-curriculum school


will cater to students from Macau and elsewhere looking to continue their studies at universities abroad. They are expected to come mainly from Hong Kong, the mainland and Macau. One obstacle is that Macau only


gives visas to students in tertiary edu- cation. For now, students coming from abroad to attend the boarding school must “arrive on tourist visas and must request an extension to stay in Macau,” Mr Stribbell says. How long a tourist visa is good for depends on which coun- try the student comes from. Mr Stribbell expects that eventually


Macau will grant student visas to board- ers from abroad. “Boarding school stu- dents are not a security risk. They do not pose a threat to local jobs nor are they a drain on the current infrastructure,” he argues. By late last month, TIS had enrolled  ve boarders. It is aiming for as many as


By late last month, TIS had enrolled fi ve boarders. It is aiming for as many as 20 for the 2011-2012 academic year


Macau’s  rst boarding school is set to open by the end of next month BY SARA SILVA MOREIRA


20 for the 2011-2012 academic year. The  rst boarders are expected to arrive at the end of August. Mr Stribbell says Macau’s tax re-


gime allows TIS to be less costly than other boarding schools in this part of the world. It could prove to be decisive in convincing expatriate families in the mainland and Hong Kong to send their children to board in Macau. Students can be full-time or week-


ly boarders or occasional boarders (if their parents are away only from time to time). The annual


fees (excluding


tuition) range from MOP50,000 for a weekly boarder staying in a four-bed room to MOP95,000 for a full-time boarder in a two-bed room. Occasional boarding costs MOP310 per day. Initially


boarders will stay in


Macau University of Science and Technology residences, which will have room for 50 students but TIS is building its own accommodation, with room for 300 students, which is due to open in 2013. Founded in 2002 with 55 students,


TIS now has a headcount of 850, 45 percent from Macau, Hong Kong and the mainland and the rest from 40 other countries. Typically they are the off- spring of expats working in Macau.


JULY 2011


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