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Shortlisted for the ISC Research International School Awards 2021

Only a year after being recognized as one of the world’s leading international schools, Branksome Hall Asia has been shortlisted for two categories of the prestigious ISC Research International Schools Awards 2021.

The International School Awards celebrate learning, teaching, community, wellbeing, leadership, and strategic initiatives of the best international schools. This year, we have been shortlisted for community initiative and strategic leadership initiative. 

The community initiative, Paradigm, was created by a former graduate, Seung-eun Shin. She and her peers created a disaster research project in collaboration with the NGO, Life World (or Life Nuri) for the victims of the Nepal earthquake. They designed and produced an RF security necklace, with a built-in torch, tracker, and alarm, for vulnerable young women in Nepal. 

To fund this project, Paradigm won a national competition hosted by KEDCO (Korea’s Economic Development Corporation). They had to present their idea to a panel of judges and subsequently raised enough money to make 100 necklaces, which were sent to Nepal. 

The leadership has changed hands over the last couple of years but the good work continues. The prerequisite criterion for members is a passion for engineering and a desire to solve problems that will shape a better world. 

Our strategic initiative is a six-stage framework for creating a meaningful online learning program as opposed to a crisis-response version. The research paper outlining this framework is due to be published in the International Schools Journal this month. A second research paper explaining how to deliver 21st-century competencies online will be published in March 2021. 

I am presenting this research at Educon, Global Education Conference, in Seoul this January 2021. It is an honor to be invited to speak at this event. None of this success would be possible without the tireless commitment of our staff, the support of our parents, and the desire to be the pre-eminent educational community of globally minded learners and leaders.


Dr. Terry McAdams
Director of Technology, Research, and Innovation