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GEMS James Dalziel

GEMS World Academy Switzerland (GWAS) has just appointed a new Head of School at its campus in Etoy.

With over 20 years of experience in international education and leadership, Dr. James Dalziel succeeds the former head, Catherine McKeever, who has now taken on a new project within the GEMS Education group.

An international education

A Canadian by birth, James Dalziel understands what it means to pursue an international education. Following his BA Special Honours from York University (Toronto) and Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, he went on to obtain both a Master of Education (Leadership) and a Doctor of Education (Policy) from the University of Western Australia, before receiving his most recent award, an MBA from the Schools of Economics at Aalto University and Helsinki, Finland.

For over 16 years he has been a Head of School, involved with all aspects of learning and daily operations. Following a period of six years as the Secondary Principal of the Canadian International School in Singapore, he spent four years as the Middle School Principal at United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA), and a further seven years as Head of East Campus at the same school.

Dr. Dalziel maintains an active involvement in educational research and has been largely influenced by the educational philosophy of Kurt Hahn and the idea that “there is more in us than we think”.  He is the author of a blog and also conducts workshops with the Academy for International School Heads (AISH), the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), and the Principal’s Training Centre (PTC), with a focus on school leadership, creating effective schools and supporting organisational change.

Dr Dalziel’s overriding goals are to improve learning for the students and add value to the community.  When asked what he would like students to develop as a result of their time at GWAS, over and above academic skills and excellent grades, he suggests global, intercultural awareness, an innovative mindset and excellent partnering skills in order to understand problems, collaborate, prototype and go through the full design process of evaluating what works and what doesn’t.

Dr Dalziel joined GEMS Education in August 2017 as the Director of Education Operations – Continental Europe, operating out of GWAS in Etoy.  Already living in the area, with his children integrated into the school, he is now very familiar with GWAS and its community.

About GWAS

GEMS World Academy Switzerland is an international school in Etoy for students ages 3 to 18 that offers all three International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes.  GWAS was founded in 2013 and now has over 300 students from more than 35 different nationalities.  Part of the GEMS global network of more than 250 schools in 14 countries, GWAS enjoys state-of-the-art facilities, with an emphasis on Wellbeing and Innovation.

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