Zurich International School

«Having a cutting-edge learning environment is a critical success factor for our school – and our students.»

Douglas O. Marston, Foundation Council President, Zurich International School

The Zurich International School is a day school for children aged from 2 to 18 years. ZIS is one of the largest international schools in Switzerland. We have met Douglas O. Marston – Foundation Council Presidetn – for an interview.

With an internationally designed curriculum, taught in English, the school is tailored to the needs of internationally mobile families. The ZIS curriculum is international in character, with a high learning ethos and with relevance to day-to-day life where possible. Through the school’s own applications and research, the curriculum evolves with the guidance of the teacher rather than being delivered in a front-of-class style.

Douglas O. Marston, President of the ZIS Foundation Council, had this to say during our interview: “The way people acquire knowledge in the 21st century is very different from how we acquired knowledge when we were at school. Children today grow up in an environment where IT is everywhere. Contemporary teaching concepts need to do justice to these developments and integrate computers into the learning process in a natural, age-appropriate way. Zurich International School has done a lot of work in this area. The solutions it has developed are based on the International Society for Technology in Education’s National Educational Technology Standards. We have managed to ideally embed IT in the classroom and create a cutting-edge learning environment. ZIS can truly claim to be a leader in terms of technology facilities and use.”

UPC Business provides the five sites of the ZIS with optical fiber-based data and voice services.

«We chose UPC’s innovative, reliable services because we need to be sure that our classroom IT is always available.»

Mr. Marston is extremely satisfied that ZIS chose UPC Business. “I would also like to praise the outstanding collaboration with technology partners like UPC Business and IBM. With their expertise and innovative products, our school can successfully master all of the technological challenges it faces now and in the future.”

The company

The Zurich International School (ZIS) is a day school for children aged from 2 to 18 years. With currently over 1500 students from over 55 countries, ZIS is one of the largest international schools in Switzerland and one of only two internationally accredited schools in the Zurich area. The school has five sites in Kilchberg, Wädenswil, Adliswil and Baden.

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