Stamford Reveals 4-I Model at Leadership Transition Event
Stamford International University revealed its 4-I model, launching new innovative programs and bringing in the best practices from its global network to raise the quality of higher education in Thailand to another level.
Newly appointed president Dr. Scown, who has played a crucial role in developing education for Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology over the past 20 years, has succeeded Assoc. Prof. Dr. Boonmark Sirinaovakul, who had served as the president since 2010.
“The 4-I model comprises the core elements of Interactive Learning, Industry Linkage, International Perspective, and Integrity. International Perspective relates to how we’ve created international education, granting students access to global education, encouraging them to be confident in any environment and take on challenges,”said Dr. Scown.
“Regarding Interactive Learning, Stamford has leveraged best practices from our global network under Laureate, which operates in over 70 universities across 25 countries worldwide, to meet the local context. Students learn skills first-hand through engaging in case studies, using a blend of classroom and online learning.”
Dr. Scown said that Stamford has collaborated with a number of organizations and will continue to do so in order to provide students real-life experience and enhance their skills to meet industry needs. For example, Stamford has recently created a Bloomberg Lab, becoming the first university in Thailand to provide full-scale Bloomberg terminals, where students can learn about the capital market on a real-time basis.
“Integrity will reflect how we do things and the values we’ve created for the students, industry, society and community. It’s aligned with our Here For Good motto,”Dr. Scown added.
To emphasize the direction that Stamford will follow under the 4-I model, this year Stamford will introduce new programs that are high in demand for employability. At the Rama 9 campus, Business Intelligence and International Relations will be launched under the Business Administration Faculty, while Applied Global Communication will be introduced under the Communication Arts faculty.
“We’re in the world of Big Data. Almost every move in our life generates mega data. Those who can analyze such data and make full use of it will have a massive advantage when it comes to future employability. They will be talents companies will want to hire. The Business Intelligence program is a direct response to this need,”said Dr. Scown.
“International Relations will narrow the gaps of understanding when dealing with dynamic changes in economic, social and political issues across countries and will guide and instruct students on how to best respond to such challenges.”
Additionally, Stamford has joined forces with Pace University from the United States to create a double degree in Marketing. Students who choose to minor in either Global Strategy Marketing or Integrated Marketing Communication can opt to study at Pace University in New York for one year and receive a degree from Stamford and Pace once they have finished their studies.
Last but not least regarding the new programs for Bangkok, Stamford has collaborated with Real Madrid Graduate School in launching the Master of Business Administration in Sports Management. It’s going to be the first time in Asia for the Real Madrid School to introduce such a program.
For the Hua Hin Campus, Stamford aims to internationalize the education, introducing dual campus projects and adding international programs for Business Management and Hotel Management subjects.
“The dual campus project will allow local students in Hua Hin to choose to study any of the six subjects taught in Bangkok,”said Dr. Scown.
Also, the university has brought its Signature MBA program to Hua Hin, allowing the students access to its award winning online education format.
Stamford was the first private university in Thailand to partner with Blackboard, a comprehensive and leading on-line learning management system. The university won the ‘Blackboard Catalyst Award’ for innovative blended learning in 2014 – beating 85 countries from around the world. Stamford is also the first university in Thailand to receive International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) membership – the leading outcomes based professional accrediting organization for business programs in student-centred colleges and universities globally.
“We’ve brought in the best practices from around the world and made them accessible for students here. Regardless of place, our students will be able to access to the best global education and enhance the skill-sets required for their future careers,”concluded Dr. Scown.