Hwa Chong’s Global Partnership Network: Providing Unrivalled Opportunities
for a Holistic Education
Hwa Chong Institution’s (HCI) vision is to be a world-class institution of
leaders. To achieve its aim, HCI has identified Strategic Partnerships as one of
its four strategic thrusts. Additionally, its brand of strategic partnerships
dovetails with the school’s mission to develop leaders in research, industry and
Guided by its vision and mission, HCI has cultivated and sustained a
comprehensive network of mutually beneficial and meaningful partnerships with
various organisations, both locally and abroad. These collaborations provide the
framework for academic and affective programmes and initiatives to proliferate,
creating new and exciting learning opportunities, while broadening and deepening
the students’ educational experiences.
Visionary school leaders, supportive parents, an extensive alumni network
that cares for the school, staff with a strong sense of innovation and mission,
an inclusive culture for partners, and an effective Corporate Communications
unit count among the success factors of HCI’s strategic partnerships. However,
the key success factor for HCI is the empowerment of staff members to initiate
and forge partnerships.
The four main strands of the HCI Partnership Management Model include:
HCI’s strategic alliances are guided by criteria derived from the school’s
vision and mission. Based on these criteria, school leaders and staff seek out
partnerships that improve the school’s programmes. The overarching aim is to
provide a holistic education that prepares students for the dynamics and
challenges of the real world.
Creating strategic alliances
HCI’s strategic partners are drawn from:
HCI’s partners are intimately involved in the school programmes and events.
These partners comprise parents, alumni, the Board of Governors, and the
Ministry of Education. HCI’s outreach strategies include regular updates on the
school’s directions, programmes, and achievements. One of the main objectives is
to nurture a strong sense of belonging to the Institution.
HCI also cultivates partners who are not directly associated with the school.
These consist of schools and tertiary institutions—both local and
overseas—industry partners, and government agencies.
Reviewing the partnership
The value of each partnership is reviewed annually by the staff members
involved in the collaboration. This is conducted in close alignment with the
school’s vision and mission. The contribution of each partner towards the
school’s desired educational outcomes and strategic goals are measured at the
review. Furthermore, the school has a Partnership Management System to oversee
the registry of partners holistically.
Empowering staff to initiate and forge partnerships
The school leadership empowers all staff to identify, initiate, and cultivate
mutually beneficial partnerships. This is vital to the school’s drive towards
forging a valued partnership network. Indeed, HCI’s global partners network
would not have been possible if not for the staff’s efforts: they actively
establish and maintain contacts, while demonstrating appreciation for the
contributions made by their partners.
Strategic Partnerships—one of HCI’s four strategic thrusts—effectively create
an “external wing” that enriches and enlivens students’ educational experiences.
HCI’s list of active partners brings relevance and real-world experience to
enhance the school curriculum. These partners also introduce new partners to the
school, creating a virtuous cycle of win-win collaborations.