Now a thriving community of over 2,500 students, the East Campus opened in 2008 in a refurbished MOE school in Ang Mo Kio while the campus we enjoy today was constructed on a greenfield site in Tampines. While there were few buildings in sight at the time, the campus is now located in the heart of one of the fastest growing hubs in Singapore.
Early in Term 1, the East Campus community came together to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening at a community picnic event. Throughout the term, we have marked our milestone with a series of events and decorations around the campus to celebrate the achievements of the last 10 years.
At the community celebration in September a new ‘living time capsule’ was unveiled by Head of East Campus Graham Silverthorne, a 10th birthday cake was cut and a series of ‘limited edition’ memorabilia was launched, featuring designs by Ruth Alchin ’18.
In 2005 when the plan to build the East Campus was announced, Kishore Mahbubani, then Chair of the UWCSEA Board of Governors outlined the reasons for the expansion, “Singapore is booming. However, its growth as a global economic and business centre requires the availability of quality international schooling opportunities for the children of the global talent that Singapore is keen to attract. Hence, a second campus will both enable the College to spread the values of the UWC movement further and Singapore’s economy to soar to greater heights.”
Guest of honour at the official groundbreaking ceremony in June 2009 was Mr S. Iswaran, then the Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education, who concluded his address by saying, “I look forward to the continued success of UWCSEA as one of the region’s leading international schools, and as a nucleus for the development of the next generation of global citizens.”
In the 10 years since, we’ve had many reasons to celebrate. And we’re sure the future will provide many more.