Lasalle awarded EduTrust Star

Lasalle College of the Arts has become the second institution to win the EduTrust Star - the highest mark of quality awarded to a private school in Singapore.

The award came after a review by a panel of seven CPE assessors over three days in August.

In April, James Cook University Singapore was the first to be given the award, which was introduced in 2009 by the Council for Private Education (CPE), the statutory board that regulates the more than 300 private schools here.

Lasalle is the first local institution to be given the award, which is valid for four years. It is given to a school for excelling in all key areas of management and for providing quality education services.

Private schools are subject to various checks in areas such as their overseas partners, qualifications of their lecturers as well as their finances. The scrutiny also includes student protection and support services as well as organisational processes and curriculum.

Lasalle, which offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in areas such as art, design, animation and film, has seen its cohort grow from 27 students in 1984 to 2,600 today.

Lasalle's president, Professor Steve Dixon, said the school did well in all areas of the review.

"The reviewers were impressed by our academic processes - in particular, the high quality of staff and teaching facilities," he said.

About 14 per cent of the institution's academic staff hold PhDs, up from 5 per cent three years ago, he added.

"We also work with more than 100 companies on projects and placements, more than double the number in 2012," said Prof Dixon.

The CPE, which was started in 2009 to lift the standards of private schools, has an appraisal system made up of three levels of awards. These are the EduTrust provisional, which is valid for one year, and the EduTrust and EduTrust Star, which are both valid for four years.

Ms Priscilia Liew, 23, a third-year Lasalle student studying arts management, said she was glad to know the education that students are receiving is of a high quality, and that the school is managed well.

"I think future employers will also be more reassured with our diplomas and degrees, knowing that the school is highly certified."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 09, 2015, with the headline 'Lasalle awarded EduTrust Star'. Print Edition | Subscribe