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Raffles investing ฿1.5bn in second site

Raffles International College is investing 1.5 billion baht in a second campus located in Bang Na to accommodate rising demand from students of fashion design.

 
 
 

Mr Siew (standing, third from left), joins designers (foreground) and models at an event held to announce the new campus. He expects more courses in jewellery, game design and animation design to be offered in Thailand as well.

 

 

Adrian Siew Wai Yen, director of Raffles International College, formerly known as Raffles Design Institute, said the additional campus would bring the total number of campuses worldwide to 40 across 15 countries.

Raffles Bangkok currently has 400 students, and the number is increasing by 30% every year, said Mr Siew, adding that 65% are Thais.

"In Southeast Asia, Thailand is growing the most, and there is demand for this type of education especially in design. In China we already have 10,000 to 20,000 students in 18 campuses, and India will be our next big group," he said.

The new 14.6-rai "green campus" will be able to accommodate 5,000 students in the future.

Construction will start in the next two months and is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2013.

Mr Siew also said Raffles Bangkok was in the process of applying to the Ministry of Education to award university degrees instead of college diplomas, for which one criterion is to have a campus of at least 10 rai. The current campus located on the fifth floor of Silom Center Building, Silom Road, has a total area of 2,000 square metres.

Listed on the main board of the Singapore Stock Exchange, the parent company Raffles Education Corporation Ltd is the largest private education group in Asia-Pacific.

Raffles Bangkok now offers 11 programmes in design and business, and Mr Siew said that in the near future courses in psychology and information communication would be added.

"In terms of design, there will also be more majors in jewellery, game design and animation design," he said.

Raffles was awarded "The Best Design School" by Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali, while also being ranked as a top 50 fashion design schools in the world by fashionista.com.

Raffles also recently cooperated with UK based R'tister to launch an online fashion portal targeting Asia. Raffles will provide designs of its students, while R'tister helps market it through a profit-sharing system.

 

Date: 10 October 2011

Content from Bangkokpost

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