SISC President Jocelyn Tizon (center) signed a memorandum of agreement with officials of the Center for Global Excellence to open a satellite campus in the United Arab Emirates.

The global expansion of Southville International School and Colleges (SISC) is on! SISC will become the first Philippine academic institution to establish a campus in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the opening of its doors to college students in September 2021. Known as Southville RAK, the international college run by Filipinos for Filipinos is located in the heart of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah and will offer both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Initially, these will include Psychology, Accountancy, Marketing Management, Financial Management, Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and in Human Resources, and a Master’s in Business Administration, with further programs to be offered subsequently.

The new campus intends to provide children of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with the entrepreneurial and employability knowledge and skills needed to succeed in their chosen careers while staying close to their families. At present, 95% of them go back to the Philippines to pursue their college education because of the high tuition rates in the UAE. Southville RAK will offer a learning experience 35% less expensive than the lowest prevailing rate in the country. Undergrad OFWs can likewise complete their required units and obtain their diplomas in the new college.

The degrees at Southville-RAK will be taught, examined and accredited to the same recognized high standards as those delivered on the mother campus which is the youngest institution in the Philippines to be granted Autonomous Status by the Commission on Higher Education, and a Philippine Quality Award recipient for Commitment to Quality Management. With the same program requirements as the main campus in the Philippines, Southville-RAK students will gain that unique Southville identity of highly qualified and globally competitive “Movers of Society.”

SISC President Jocelyn Tizon gave the following message in the recent press launch graced by the Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, Hjayceelyn M. Quintana:

Magandang araw sa inyong lahat!

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Southville International School and Colleges RAK campus in the United Arab Emirates. What started years ago as a need to offer a highly relevant and affordable tertiary education for Filipino families in the Emirates is now fulfilled. We stand ready to help students learn, grow, and be prepared for careers of significance and lives of meaning in the best of facilities with outstanding faculty and peers.

It is our profound hope that Southville International School and Colleges RAK will present a wonderful opportunity for young Filipinos in UAE to successfully pursue excellent undergraduate and graduate education and high-quality employment close to their expatriate families. We are all full of eagerness and expectation about this new venture, and are excited to see what we will accomplish together.

Once again, I send my warm congratulations to the amazing team – The Power of 5 – that made this dream possible, and I look forward to welcoming all of you to the Southville RAK campus. 

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