Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

“Our hope is to educate good people who will make a difference and positively impact the lives of others.” In his speech to the graduating Class of 2019, Head of School Brett Penny succinctly captured the aim of a NIST education. As the world continues to be transformed by globalization and technology, so too have schools evolved. The traditional definition of success, shaped by the demands of the industrial-based society of the 20th century, no longer suffices. Universities and employers seek much more. They aim to recruit intelligent, conscientious young adults who can bridge cultures, adapt to changing circumstances and empower others around them.

If the members of the Class of 2019 are any indication, NIST students are well prepared to meet those challenges. While the focus of graduation ceremonies all too often center on a list of university acceptances, this fails to capture the breadth of talents, skills and impact of the unique individuals transitioning to adulthood. In the words of one of their own, NIST’s Class of 2019 represents so much more than academic success: “We have record-breaking athletes; we have leaders of innovative and creative social enterprises; we have talented musicians, dancers, actors, singers; and, of course, our very own professional wakeboarder.”

We are not only proud that so many of our graduates will be attending their first choice of university–which does indeed include many expected names such as King’s College London; University of California, Berkeley; University of British Columbia and University of Tokyo. We are also delighted to see more NIST graduates pursuing their own paths, attending specialized institutions that will allow them to develop their strengths: The New School in New York, Charles University in Prague, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology and more. We are proud that the fields of study they will pursue reflect both traditional subjects such as business and medicine, but also cutting-edge programmes in quantum computing and bioengineering.

Equally important, our community strongly believes that in many cases, the dramatic shifts occurring around the globe have opened up possibilities beyond university study. We’re encouraged to have more students exploring other opportunities through a gap year. Absent from the ceremony, our professional wakeboarder was earning 1st place at the 2019 FISE World Series in Montpellier, France. What unites our students is not their academic ability, but rather their drive to excel in their chosen paths and the potential they carry within them to positively impact those around them.

In many respects class valedictorian LinJee Lee epitomized this determination to flourish in the face of obstacles. Despite having joined NIST in Year 10 with limited English language skills, she dedicated herself to becoming a lifelong learner: “In a whole new environment, I was challenged to be a NIST member both academically and personally.” She took advantage of the secondary Learning Support Centre, going there every day after school to receive help and support from her teachers and classmates, and expanding her perspectives. The goal was not simply to succeed on an exam. In Linjee’s words, NIST helped her and her peers “grow up in emotionally mature, well-balanced, open-minded individuals with a better understanding of the world around us.”

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Linjee’s story is one of many, and as he closed his address to the class, Brett captured the importance of transforming these experiences at NIST into tangible action: “Because of your education, you will likely have opportunities to lead and influence the lives of others in the future. When these opportunities arise, I hope your NIST education and the values of your families empower you to lead with compassion and integrity, to look for opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.”

We wish all the best to the Class of 2019 as they walk their new paths, with all the opportunities they may bring.

Five NIST students will take a gap year, and 14 are in the process of applying to institutions in Australia, India, Japan, Korea and Norway. The remaining members of the class will attend the following universities:

AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing ArtsSyracuse University
Amsterdam University College (2)Thammasat University
Charles UniversityTufts University
Chulalongkorn UniversityUniversity College Utrecht
City, University LondonUniversity of Amsterdam (2)
Erasmus University Rotterdam (3)University of British Columbia (2)
Falmouth UniversityUniversity of California, Berkeley (2)
Fashion Institute of TechnologyUniversity of California, Davis
Fordham UniversityUniversity of California, Irvine
George Washington UniversityUniversity of California, San Diego (3)
Hofstra UniversityUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
Hotelschool the HagueUniversity of Derby
Indiana UniversityUniversity of Edinburgh
Keio UniversityUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
King's College London (4)University of Liverpool
King Mongkut's Institute of TechnologyUniversity of London
Korea Advanced Institute of Science & TechnologyUniversity of Northern Colorado
Lancaster UniversityUniversity of Reading
Leiden University (2)University of San Diego
Lindenwood UniversityUniversity of Sheffield
London College of FashionUniversity of Southampton
McGill University (2)University of Southern California
McMaster UniversityUniversity of Tokyo
Middlebury CollegeUniversity of Toronto
The New SchoolUniversity of Virginia
New York University (2)University of Warwick (2)
Northeastern University (2)University of Westminster (2)
Pennsylvania State UniversityWaseda University (2)
Queen Mary University of LondonWindward Community College
Queen's University (2)York University
Rhode Island School of Design

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Saturday, the 21st of May, marked the last official day that the 111 members of NIST International School’s Class of 2016 were students at the school. With their IB exams complete and diplomas in hand, they were ready to take the first step in a new and exciting journey. However, the bittersweet graduation ceremony was not the final farewell. Just over a week later, they received a much grander sendoff after their last assembly, as the entire school turned out in an annual tradition to cheer and celebrate the accomplishments of this unique group of graduates.

Though they share a common bond through our community, the paths of the Class of 2016 will now be incredibly diverse. With acceptances continuing to appear daily, the departing seniors have already been offered places at more than 300 universities in over a dozen countries, from the United States and United Kingdom to the Netherlands and Germany. More impressively, the offers they have accepted include a large number of elite universities. Of the 94 students who have made a decision, a full 50% will be attending institutions ranked in the top 100, an incredible number considering over 17,000 universities exist worldwide!

Their fields of study will be equally broad, from biochemistry at Imperial College London to theology at the University of Cambridge, biomechanical engineering at Georgia Tech to international relations at New York University, computer systems at the University of Melbourne to human diversity at Leiden University, and biosciences and medicine at the University of Hong Kong to arts and language here at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Among the others that the Class of 2016 will attend are Dartmouth College, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of Edinburgh, University College London, Kings College London, University of Toronto, McGill University and several other well-known institutions.

Yet what distinguishes this class is not merely the caliber of their academic accomplishments, but also the impact they have had on others in and outside of the NIST community. Many of the graduates helped create service groups in the school that transformed the village of Maeramit in Omgoi, launched a non-profit sustainable coffee company, and supported members of the community through microcredit loans and scholarships. Their passion for learning and working with others to create positive change has made a mark on the school – one that will continue to influence future students.

NIST’s mission is a simple one: to inspire growth, empower individual excellence and enrich lives. It’s difficult to look at the young faces of the Class of 2016 and not see the embodiment of those ideals. As they begin the next chapter of their lives, we hope the NIST spirit will be carried with them. Congratulations and best wishes for the future! Once a NISTie, always a NISTie.



Class of 2016 University Acceptances

American University Loyola University Chicago
Arizona State University Maastricht University
Assumption University Mahidol University
The University of Arizona Marist College
Australian National University University of Maryland, College Park
Babson College Marymount California University
University of Bath University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Berklee College of Music McGill University
University of Birmingham McMaster University
Birmingham City University University of Melbourne
Boston University Michigan State University
Brescia University College Middle East Technical University
University of Brighton Middle Tennessee State University
University of British Columbia Monash University Malaysia
Bryn Mawr College Monash University
California College of the Arts Mount Holyoke College
California Institute of the Arts University of New South Wales
California State University, Northridge New York University
Carl Benz School of Engineering Northeastern University
University of California, Berkeley University of Northern Colorado
University of California, Davis University of Oklahoma
University of California, Irvine University of Ottawa
University of California, Los Angeles Pennsylvania State University
University of California, Riverside Pepperdine University
University of California, San Diego Philadelphia University
University of California, Santa Barbara Plymouth University
University of California, Santa Cruz Pratt Institute
University of Cambridge Purdue University
Carl Benz School of Engineering Queen’s University
Carleton University Rhode Island School of Design
Chapman University Ringling College of Art and Design
College of Charleston RMIT University
University of Chichester Rotterdam School of Management
Chulalongkorn University University of San Diego
University of Cincinnati University of San Francisco
University of Colorado at Boulder Santa Clara University
University of Colorado at Denver Sarah Lawrence College
Concordia University Savannah College of Art and Design
Cornish College of the Arts School of Oriental and African Studies
Dartmouth College School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Deakin University Scripps College
Delft University of Technology Simon Fraser University
University of Denver Singapore Management University
Drexel University University of South Carolina
DSK Supinfocom (Pune) India University of South Florida
University of East Anglia Stenden University
Ecole Hotelire de Lausanne Stetson University
University of Edinburgh University of Sussex
Emily Carr University of Art and Design Syracuse University
Emory University The University of Texas, Dallas
Erasmus University College Thammasat University
University of Essex University of Toronto
University of Exeter Trent University
Florida State University Tufts University
Fordham University Umea University
Georgia Institute of Technology University College Roosevelt
University of Groningen University of the Arts London
The Hague University of Applied Sciences University College London
Hanze University of Applied Sciences University of Wollongong
Haverford College Utrecht University
Hogeschool Rotterdam – Rotterdam University Vassar College
University of Hong Kong University of Victoria
The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology University of Warwick
Hotelschool The Hague Waseda University
IE University University of Washington
University of Illinois at Chicago Washington and Lee University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Wellesley College
Imperial College London Wesleyan University
Indiana University at Bloomington Western University
University of Kentucky Wilfrid Laurier University
King’s College London College of William and Mary
University of La Verne University of Wisconsin, Madison
Leiden University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
London School of Economics and Political Science York University
Loyola Marymount University

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

As they left their final class assembly on the afternoon of Friday, 22 May, NIST’s Class of 2015 encountered a heartwarming surprise. Lined through the halls and across the campus were all of the school’s teachers and students, gathered to wish them a fond farewell. In what has started a new school tradition, the seniors were cheered as they walked across the NIST campus for the last time as students. The line of smiling faces led them to one of the lounges, where they had the opportunity to chat and reminisce with their teachers and peers.

Even on a global level, this year’s graduates showcase the incredible esteem universities around the world place upon a NIST education. With acceptances continuing to arrive daily, the 98 members of the graduating class have so far received over 300 offers to over 160 universities, most of which accepted 100% of the applicants from NIST! Equally impressive, the students received a total of THB 45,210,000 (USD $1.35 million) in scholarship offers. Among the universities extending offers are highly selective institutions such as UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, Carnegie Mellon University, Claremont McKenna, Cornell University, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, the University of Southern California, Tufts University and St. George’s University.

The Class of 2015 is notable for another reason as well: it includes the first NIST graduates to earn the Global Citizen Diploma (GCD), a unique diploma that only a small number of top schools around the globe are offering. An optional qualification, it offers students the opportunity to showcase their accomplishments beyond traditional exams and transcripts. The first group of GCD recipients from NIST include, among many others, a concertmaster, aquaponics farmer, stock investor and community development worker.

In his message to the NIST community in the annual yearbook, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and Chairman of the NIST International School Foundation M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula remarked, “I hope that our graduates will carry those ideals on and contribute to the betterment of Thailand and nations around the globe”. As this unique group of entrepreneurs, musicians, scientists, athletes, artists and dreamers leaves the school, it is clear that they will seek to do exactly that, making a positive impact on the lives of others.


Class of 2015 University Acceptances


American University University of Manchester
Amsterdam University College Manipal University
Aston University Marymount Manhattan College
Bangkok University University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Bath Spa University McGill University
University of Bath McMaster University
University of Birmingham University of Miami
Boston University Middle Tennessee State University
University of Brighton University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Bristol University of Missouri Columbia
University of British Columbia Monash University
Brock University University of New South Wales
University of Calgary New York University
California College of the Arts (San Francisco) Newcastle University
California State University, Northridge North Carolina State University
University of California, Berkeley Northeastern University
University of California, Davis Northwestern University
University of California, Irvine Nottingham Trent University
University of California, Los Angeles University of Nottingham
University of California, Riverside University of Oregon
University of California, San Diego Osaka University
University of California, San Francisco University of Ottawa
University of California, Santa Barbara Parsons The New School for Design
University of California, Santa Cruz Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Cardiff University Pepperdine University
Carleton University Portland State University
Carnegie Mellon University University of Portsmouth
Case Western Reserve University Pratt Institute
Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design Purdue University
Chapman University Queen’s University
Chulalongkorn University University of Reading
City University Regent’s University London
Claremont McKenna College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Clark University Richmond The American International College in London
University of Colorado at Boulder Ringling College of Art and Design
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Colorado at Denver University of Rochester
Colorado State University Rollins College
Columbia College Chicago Royal Holloway, University of London
Cornell University (College of Ag. & Life Sciences) San Diego State University
Coventry University University of San Diego
University of Denver University of San Francisco
Durham University Santa Clara University
University of Edinburgh Sarah Lawrence College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Savannah College of Art and Design
Emily Carr University of Art + Design School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts School of Visual Arts
University of Exeter Seattle University
Florida Institute of Technology University of Sheffield
Florida State University Simon Fraser University
University of Florida Sophia University
Fullerton College University of Southampton
Georgetown University University of Southern California
Georgia Institute of Technology St. George’s University
Goldsmiths College, University of London St. Olaf College
University of Greenwich Suffolk University
University of Groningen University of Surrey
Hanze University of Applied Sciences University of Sussex
Heriot-Watt University University of Sydney
University of Hertfordshire Syracuse University
The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology The University of Texas, Austin
City University of Hong Kong Thammasat University
University of Hong Kong The New School for Drama
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Toronto
Indiana University at Bloomington Trent University
International Christian University Tufts University
Keio University – Fujisawa Campus University of Twente
King’s College London University College Birmingham
Knox College University of Amsterdam
Korea University University of West London
La Trobe University University of Victoria
University of La Verne Virginia State University
Lancaster University University of Virginia
University of Leeds University of Warwick
University of Leicester University of Washington
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management University of Waterloo
University of Liverpool Western Connecticut State University
University College London Western University
Loyola Marymount University Whitworth University
Loyola University Chicago University of Wisconsin-Madison
Loyola University New Orleans Yokohama National University
Mahidol University International College York University