Uppingham School to open in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
19th November 2021
Viet Capital Education, an investment fund managed by Viet Capital Asset Management (VCAM) with its track record of investing in private education institutions in Vietnam, has partnered with Uppingham School, a top-ranking boarding school from the United Kingdom, to develop Uppingham Vietnam. Uppingham Vietnam will be the first purpose-built branded school with full boarding facilities in the country and will open in 2023.
Thiết kế ý tưởng của Trường Uppingham tại Việt Nam (C) Uppingham Việt Nam
Founded in 1584, Uppingham (UK) is rich in history, and has always been forward thinking in its outlook. Edward Thring, the School’s renowned Victorian Headmaster believed pupils should be given the opportunity to succeed in any area of life, pioneering the introduction of music, sport, and wellbeing in British school life. Today, under the leadership of Dr Richard Maloney, Thring’s philosophy remains at the heart of Uppingham’s ethos as the School prepares pupils for success in the 21st Century and encourages them to pursue their passions.
Mr. Pho Pham, CEO of VCAM, remarked about the partnership with Uppingham: “We are honoured to work with Uppingham School, whose visionary leaders pioneered liberal art studies, music, and sports in modern education. Together we commit to build a world-class institution that nurtures tomorrow’s forward thinkers, debaters, and creators. We aspire for Uppingham Vietnam to become a true alternative for Vietnamese students who may otherwise have considered studying abroad at a top private school in the UK or elsewhere.”
At Uppingham Vietnam, students will have the choice to be day students, weekday boarders or full boarders. Just like at its UK counterpart, boarding houses at Uppingham Vietnam will be designed to be family-like, and campus life will be enriched with co-curricular opportunities influenced by the successful co-curricular programme in place at Uppingham (UK), which includes sports, music, and the arts.
Uppingham Vietnam will be a co-educational school with pupils from 11 to 18. The academic programme will be made up of three stages – Lower Secondary, Upper Secondary (with IGCSEs) and Advanced Levels. The School will offer students a journey where pupils can forge their own path and prepare them for success as they go on to university. In addition, all students will experience state-of-the-art classrooms, art and science buildings, gymnasium, pool, and football sports pitches, giving students an opportunity for the best all round education experience in South-East Asia.
Dr Richard Maloney, Headmaster of Uppingham School, said: “We are honoured and excited to be partnering with VCAM to open Uppingham’s first overseas school. Through this partnership we have the opportunity to design and build a state-of-the-art, purpose-built school which brings together the best of Uppingham and South-East Asia. Our relationship will establish strong educational ties between our two nations, and Uppingham Vietnam will bring myriad opportunities for everyone who is part of the global Uppingham community. Together, we can pioneer a defining educational vision for the 21st Century.”
The partnership between Uppingham School (UK) and Viet Capital Education, was formalised at a ceremony on November 19th, 2021. Connected via a virtual video link contracts were signed simultaneously in Uppingham and Ho Chi Minh City.
Contract signed by Mrs. Barbara Matthews, Chair of Trustees Uppingham School,
with the witness of His Excellency Vietnam’s ambassador to the UK, Nguyen Hoang Long
Contract signed by Mr. Pho Pham, CEO of VCAM,
with the witness of Mr. Sam Wood, deputy general of British Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City, and Ms. Nguyen Thanh Phuong, Chairman of Viet Capital Group
Vietnam’s Ambassador to the UK, Ambassador Nguyen Hoang Long, visited Uppingham to witness the ceremony, which was followed by a tour of the School. The delegation from Viet Capital Education was kindly invited to the British Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City for their ceremony.
Addressing the signing ceremony, Ambassador Long affirmed that education is one of the most important pillars in cooperation between the two countries. Ambassador Long said: “This pioneering project will provide Vietnamese students with more opportunities to access high quality and UK accredited education programmes in their home country.
“So far, the Vietnam – UK cooperation of university level has been strongly developed. As children are the future of our nation, our cooperation at the school level will help us to build a strong nation and a strong world with the values and responsibilities of global citizens.”
Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Vietnam, Ambassador Gareth Ward commented: I’m very pleased that education sits at the heart of the UK-Vietnam relationship, and it’s rightly including as a key pillar of our Strategic Partnership, which the governments of the UK and Vietnam refreshed last year. We believe that this is a significant moment for educational ties between the two countries and we hope and believe that it will bring great benefits to everyone involved.
The UK has always been proud of our world-class, and diverse education offer across the length of history. Uppingham School is one shining example among those, and with a vision to provide high-quality education to students/children. I know that Uppingham will combine the best of what it has to offer in Viet Nam, and together with their VCAM partner, create a school of which all parties and stakeholders can be proud.’
The first Uppingham Vietnam campus will be only a short drive from Ho Chi Minh City and the future Long Thanh airport. Interested parents and students can sign up for a newsletter and development updates, including development milestones, opening dates and fee packages, on the school’s official website, Uppingham.edu.vn
About Viet Capital Asset Management:
Founded in 2006, Viet Capital Asset Management is one of the earliest fund management companies in Vietnam. VCAM’s track record include successful investments in healthcare, education, technology, and open-ended mutual funds. Licensed by the State Security Commission, the firm offers investment management and advisory services for institutional and individual investors, both in Vietnam and abroad.
Office: Level 5, HM Town Building, 412 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Ward 5, District 3, Hochiminh City
Contact: Mr. Toan Pham, Senior Investment Manager
About Uppingham School, UK:
Uppingham is one of the UK’s foremost co-educational independent boarding schools. Originally founded in 1584, our Foundation Charter was granted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1587. Today, we educate 830 students aged 13 to 18; offering state-of-the-art science, music and sports facilities, a strong academic profile and outstanding pastoral care. The cornerstone of Uppingham’s philosophy is that every child is capable of excellence; our job is to identify in which field. Whether a child’s ambitions are academic, sporting, artistic or humanitarian, there are plentiful opportunities for self-fulfilment.
Contact: Ms. Fiona Bettles, Marketing Director, Uppingham School, UK