37 JIS alumni to join universities across world

Lyna Mohamad

Thirty-seven International Baccalaureate (IB) alumni students at Jerudong International School (JIS) are about to begin their courses at universities around the world.

These IB alumni who will be heading to Australia, Canada, Ireland, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) among others had a challenging academic year which resulted in them being unable to sit for their final examinations in May.

The school’s IB results continue to be outstanding with 51 per cent of the students achieving 38 points or above. The worldwide average was 29.9 while the JIS average for 2020 was 37.1.

Shana Holmes is heading to the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to study social anthropology. Nizam Kasmirhan will be studying economics at the University of Manchester and Dania Johari will be studying geology at Cardiff University. 2019/20 Head Boy Sheng Kai Wong will study mechanical engineering at the University of Bath.

In the medical field, Zhi Yin Lim will be pursuing dentistry at Queen’s University, Belfast, while Syasya Jamain is reading medicine at the University of Ireland. Amira Ho is studying Pharmacy at the University of Manchester.

Three of the IB Alumni – Izz Khan Hasreen, Zoe Ho and Aeisyah Iskandar Rizal – are pursuing degrees in law at the Universities of Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield. Izz Khan is the recipient of a Ministry of Education’s (MoE) scholarship.

Other alumni such as Masin Talanana is studying economics in the Netherlands, while Isaac Hua, the recipient of a university scholarship, and Monica Okochi are about to embark on studies at the Universities of Toronto and British Columbia in Canada.

Julian Lee will be studying at the University of Southern California in the US. Eric Song is returning to Yonsei University in the Republic of Korea to study materials science and engineering and highest performing IB Diploma student Alexander Wiseman recently commenced studies in a five-year conjoint Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and Bachelor of Science degree at Auckland University, New Zealand.

Caitlan Doolan will be studying Medicine at Monash in Australia. Natalie Hallot and Kate Saap are also pursuing degrees in Australia.

JIS Principal Nicholas Sheehan said despite leaving JIS with outstanding results, they will be remembered more by fellow students for the significant impact as young leaders in the school and the influence they had on those around them.

“They have set an excellent example to the younger members of our community. These success stories would not have been written without their parents support.”

He acknowledged the academic team in the Upper Years – Head of Senior School and JIS Vice Principal Tony Piper and IB Coordinator Dr Colin Dickinson together with the teaching staff to continue to challenge and inspire students to become the best that they can be and the school’s higher education team led by Alex Cook who played a key role in assisting with university applications.