Hwa Chong Institution

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 government.

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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:

  1. Selecting partners

    Alumni interacting with students

    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.

  2. Creating strategic alliances

    HCI’s strategic partners are drawn from:

    • Stakeholders

      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.

    • Non-Stakeholders

      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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Summary

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.