Commenting on the occasion, His Excellency Mr. Jawed Ashraf, High Commissioner of India to Singapore said, “Today is an occasion that will be remembered as a milestone in schools. There are a few things that struck me when I visited this SMART Campus. The first being that it is architecturally brilliant, shaped like a nest that nurtures the leaders of tomorrow. It is technologically state-of-the-art and yet fosters a sense of human interaction and teamwork. The campus does not only encourage learning but also instills creativity and imagination. It is the globalizing face of India and still connected to its heritage. For all its innovation and the brilliance of its campus, GIIS is producing students that are not only equipped to deal with the challenges and the opportunities of the 21st Century with technological skills, but with all those attributes that are important to build leadership and to be the force of change in society.”
The SMART Campus provides learning opportunities that focus on individuality, leadership and experimentation amongst. The 9GEMSTM Model promotes value-based learning beyond academics through a holistic development framework which emphasizes academic and sports excellence, visual and performing arts, personality development, innovation and creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership, universal values and ethics, community and care and overall skill development amongst all students.
Atul Temurnikar, Co-Founder & Chairman of GIIS, said: “Today is a very special day for us as we unveil our SMART Campus to the world. GIIS is committed to nurturing global citizens who are future-ready for any job they choose. The SMART Campus allows us to expose our students to technology and disruption at every step of their educational journey from the day they join GIIS. Our multi curricula offering coupled with 9GEMSTM Model instils four key skills in all our students – critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity – that further prepares them for the challenges of tomorrow."
Speaking at opening, Minister Ng Chee Meng, said: “The SMART Campus is the latest addition to our energetic Punggol Kampung. The Campus is designed to meet the learning needs of students and develop 21st century skills. By so doing, every student is afforded an opportunity to get an all-rounded experience for them to excel in the increasingly complex and globalised world. GIIS has struck a good balance between academia and future skills development, with the SMART Campus furthering their commitment.”
The SMART Campus will leverage proprietary data analytics software to improve learning and teaching outcomes across the school’s infrastructure. These include 92 digitally connected SMART classrooms connected with 2GB fibre networks, more than 40 skills-based studios, 8 SMART science, composite and design technology labs, 4 multipurpose halls for sports and performances, and unique concepts like Student Innovation Rooms, Flipped Classrooms and Learning Commons for collaborative learning.
The SMART Campus is also equipped with technologies such as Sports Performance Enhancing Data Analytics System (SPEDAS) to enhance student performance in sports, and smart features including facial recognition to ensure safety of students across the Campus.
Aiming to have a low carbon footprint, the SMART Campus also champions green initiatives. These include motion sensors, using natural materials like terracotta on the building façade to increase air-con efficiency, and conserving water through all available resources.
The SMART Campus offers multiple International curricula including International Baccalaureate (IB), International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Global Montessori Programme (GMP). This is the flagship campus of GIIS, which has two other campuses in Singapore at East Coast and Mountbatten. Students benefit from the option of seamless movement across all 23 GIIS Campuses in 7 different countries across Asia and the Middle East.