Oasis International Schools is currently in the process of establishing a new international school in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia, which will be called Oasis International School Kuala Lumpur (OISKL). Although Oasis had considered starting a school in KL in the mid-1990s, a recent opportunity has revived our effort. Our goal is to open with a purpose built campus in the fall of 2018, per the Malaysian Ministry of Education regulations. Our team in Kuala Lumpur is working with IJM Land to build a one-of-a-kind purpose build campus to house Oasis International School at the new green township of Bandar Rimbayu.
The city of KL is ripe for an Oasis school for many reasons. KL is considered a global city with various ethnic groups, religions, and industries. Moreover, Malaysia has a combined population of nearly 30 million people. Because of its central location, between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, Malaysia has traditionally been a trading port and a crossroad for travelers from both the East and West. As a result, Malaysia has become a multicultural hub with international workers from around the world. Oasis believes that opening a school in Malaysia would provide a great opportunity to positively serve children from many nations, meet the educational needs of expatriates and locals in Malaysia, and assist in Malaysia's goal of becoming high income nation by 2020.
Furthermore, KL is the epicenter of the international community in Malaysia, which makes it the perfect location for an Oasis School. KL is filled with expatriates and there is a growing demand for quality international education to accommodate foreign direct investment. One website states that, "Since 2009, ISC reports that student enrollment in Malaysia’s international schools has grown by 84% and the number of staff has increased by 94%. This growth is expected to continue for several years to come and ISC predicts that all of Malaysia’s international schools – including new schools – will see increased enrollment of both expatriate and local students in forthcoming years” (http://www.internationaleducationmalaysia.com/article-detail/86/Malaysia%E2%80%99s-International-Schools-Receiving-Global-Attention). Moreover, the government recognizes the need to expand international education within Malaysia, and they desire to grant more international school permits in an effort to meet this demand. Therefore, the leadership of Oasis feels that the timing is excellent for the establishment of a new school in KL.
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