Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) announced that it has signed an agreement with the bilingual French/German-speaking Swiss Canton of Valais. The Canton, one of 26 in Switzerland, is recognised for its high academic performance as per the PISA report (Programme for International Student Assessment) and will support SISD in an advisory capacity on academic matters for example the planned implementation of the Swiss Baccalaureate curriculum.

The partnership with SISD is designed to collaborate on knowledge transfer as well as reinforcing quality assurance through monitoring the quality of teaching and learningand reviewing exams. Educational experts from the Canton of Valais will provide additional professional development opportunities for teachers. Further benefits include active cultural exchanges between the school and the Canton during winter and summer camps.

Beat Sommer, Head of School, said, “Forging formal ties with the Canton of Valais will have a beneficial effect for the whole SISD community. We are committed to educational excellence and our partnership will provide academic and pedagogical quality assurance as well as further development of our staff.”

Christophe Darbellay, State Councillor of the Valais, commented: “The Canton of Valais is proud and honoured to support education abroad through the patronage of SISD to develop cultural and educational exchanges between the Valais and the school with the aim of fostering academic excellence especially in regard to the implementation of the Swiss Baccalaureate.”

Sommer continued: “At SISD, the partnership with the Canton of Valais enables us to offer the Swiss Baccalaureate as an alternative to the International Baccalaureate. This will allowour Swiss and international students to study at one of the prestigious universities in Switzerland.”

The Canton of Valais has a population of 340,000 residents and is one of 26 in Switzerland, with 200 schools, 42,000 students and 4,200 academic personnel.


Background on the Canton of Valais

The canton of Valais is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland, situated in the southwestern part of the country. It is widely known for the Matterhorn and resort towns such as Crans-Montana, Saas Fee and Zermatt. The Canton du Valais has a population of 340 000 residents. The PISA report (Programme for International Student Assessment) 2012 states that academic performance in the Canton du Valais is very high compared to other Swiss Cantons, for example,Valais students rank above the national average in mathematics.


About SISD

The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai is a leading international day and boarding school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic life-long learners, ready to embrace the opportunities and challenges in a global world.

Our school offers the full continuum International Baccalaureate (IB) programme from Pre-KG to Grade 10 (Grade 11 opening in 2018, pending KHDA approval) in English or in two bilingual English-French and English-German streams. We believe in having high standards; encouraging our students to stretch themselves to achieve success, unlocking talents and discovering new strengths.

In June 2016, we received the Happy Healthy School award by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) for our school-wide initiatives aimed at improving healthy eating, active living and a positive environment. Our large eco-friendly campus ensures that we can offer a wide range of sporting facilities, including water sports that make the most of our location adjacent to Dubai Creek.


Source: TOH Public Relations