Stonyhurst opens international school in Malaysia

Headmaster John Browne with Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng

Stonyhurst College's rich history opened a new chapter today as its first international school was announced in Malaysia. 

The Penang State Government and Stonyhurst College announced today the development of Stonyhurst Penang International School in Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjong Tokong, Penang, Malaysia.

It will attract both international and Malaysian students from the region to study in Malaysia, in line with the Penang State Government’s vision to develop Penang as an Education Hub. It also brings one of Britain’s top boarding schools with a 400 year tradition of excellence, into one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting dynamic, progressive and competitive cities which is also a second home to more than 300 of the world’s best multinationals.

The school, which will accommodate up to 1200 local and international pupils aged 3 to 18, will be operated by Stonyhurst College upon completion in 2019, and will offer a British curriculum to prepare students for entry into the best UK and international universities as well as Malaysian subjects for local students. It will also provide outstanding pastoral care to support students’ spiritual development offer opportunities in music, art, drama and sports like rugby, hockey, and netball. 

The Chief Minister of Penang, Mr Lim Guan Eng, witnessed the signing of the key agreements on this landmark collaboration involving the Penang State Government, LAPIS, and Stonyhurst.

Head Teacher of Stonyhurst, Mr John Browne said, “Stonyhurst College was founded in 1593 and has a proud Jesuit heritage and culture. I am honoured and moved to be part of a new chapter in its history, by signing this agreement with Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.  The opening of the Stonyhurst College in Malaysia is an historic milestone for the school and one which I sincerely hope will benefit both the community of the school and the wider community around it.”

LAPIS  (The Lasallian Asia Partnership For International Schools) were crucial in helping to broker the agreement.  The Director of LAPIS, Mr Michael Sng said, “LAPIS is proud to build on its success with St Joseph’s Institution International School in Kuala Lumpur to form a partnership with Stonyhurst in Penang.  This has tremendous potential as the Penang State Government continues to successfully attract high-quality foreign investment”.