Governing Excellence To pass on educational expertise from one of Britain’s most prestigious schools, Rugby School Thailand’s Board of Governors is comprised of a team of professionals from both the education industry and the private sector. Alongside members of the Rugby School UK board sit local luminaries from the domains of government, business, medicine and law. Each governor brings knowledge, experience, determination and vision, and is ready to administer the new school’s educational affairs with quality and a focus on developing exceptional students, supported by a genuine learning environment and atmosphere. The chairman of the 20-member board is Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Former Secretary General of ASEAN. Dr. Surin recently shared his thoughts on Thailand’s learning landscape and global pedagogical theories in an opinion piece in the Bangkok Post. His article, “Education itself must learn some lessons,” mentioned what he called “21st Century Skills.” Dr. Surin’s article explored the need for education to teach the students to be self-motivated, analytical, independent thinking and problem solving. These skills, he stated, are in evidence in the excellent curriculums and pedagogy in the top international schools, and endorsed and recognised by the very best tertiary educational institutions around the world. Dr. Surin explained that the acquisition of these skills is essential “for change and transformation coming with quickening pace for all areas of [the student’s] life in the future.” It is here that Dr. Surin’s philosophy of a student’s advancement intersects with the Rugby School’s ethos of the importance of character development on “the whole person.” As Chairman of the Board of Governors, Dr. Surin will ensure that Rugby School Thailand’s approach best equips students to uphold the Rugby School Thailand traditions of excellence, both in academic performance and character.