The CIE British School has earned certification for its Quality Management Systems from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It is the first international school in Cebu, and among a few progressive educational institutions in the Philippines, to be ISO-certified.
CIE was issued its ISO 9001:2008 certification by independent quality system certification body TUV Rheinland on December 18, 2012. CIE Founder and Chairman Prof. Nelia Cruz Sarcol and CIE President Engr. Reynante B. Cruz received the certificates covering CIE Main Campus, CIE Cebu Campus – Child Development Centre of CIE (CDCC), CIE Makati Campus – and soon the campus in Tacloban.
ISO is an independent, non-governmental organization made up of members from national standards bodies of 164 countries. According to its website, ISO is the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards which give state-of-the-art specifications for products, services and good practices. It derives its short name ISO from the Greek word “isos” which means “equal”.
The ISO 9001:2008 certification means that the CIE Management System meets the highest standard of a Quality Management System recognized and accepted globally by organizations who seek excellence in all aspects of their operations.
“This certification from ISO marks still another milestone in our legacy of continuous development,” said Founder Prof. Nelia Cruz Sarcol, who has steered CIE to many firsts in its 27 years of service. Foremost among these achievements is the partnership of CIE with one of the most distinguished educational institutions in the world – the University of Cambridge of the United Kingdom. This gave Filipino students and those of other nationalities the opportunity to earn qualifications that are “recognized by over 12,000 governments, educational institutions and corporations around the world.”
CIE became the first school in the Philippines to be internationally validated by University of Cambridge International Examinations upon its accreditation as Cambridge International School, and the first school in the Philippines to introduce GCE “A” and IGCSE qualifications.
CIE is also an authorized Cambridge ESOL testing centre, the only school in the Philippines to administer Cambridge examinations in English for Speakers of the Other Languages since 2004.
This beneficial relationship allows CIE to easily assimilate its curriculum with the British educational system which is a congruent system to the recently implemented K plus 12 programme of the Philippine education system.
Reference: Jeruel N. Roa, January 5, 2013