Stamford College started in 1950 in Singapore in response to some very unique educational needs of the nation at that time. The war had just ended and the college provided those who missed out on a proper education a chance to continue with their education. At the same time it welcomed adult learners to get semi and profession qualifications through the courses it offered.
The founder of Stamford College, Mr Elias Pereira introduced basic courses like accounting, secretarial studies, typewriting and other vocational courses to cater for these students. Later, he developed Stamford correspondence courses and part-time education programmes designed to meet the needs of those who could not attend formal classes. The correspondence courses were for pre-university and secondary education. It also gave a lifeline to those who wanted to get tertiary qualifications or go overseas to continue their education.
The college later established its first campus in Kuala Lumpur in the 1952.
Stamford College - where it all began in 1950.
Stamford College's first premises in Kuala Lumpur, 1952.
1960s and 1970s
Stamford's role as an alternative education provider changed significantly education needs grew at a rapid rate in the sixties and seventies. Stamford became the preferred choice of students seeking a path to tertiary education because of its highly successful teaching strategies in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and A-Levels courses. These qualifications gave students entry into the best universities in Malaysia, Singapore and overseas. At the same time, Stamford initiated courses at the tertiary level for students who were unable to secure seats in local or overseas universities and colleges.
Stamford was also a pioneer in providing the external degrees of the University of London and various professional course like the ACCA, CIM and CIMA.
Lecturer conducting a class in the fifties.
YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-haj, Malaysia's first Prime Minister at Stamford's Graduation Ceremony in 1977.
In the eighties, Stamford established its flagship campus in the satellite town of Petaling Jaya.
Stamford collaborated with professional bodies overseas, such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association.
The college also became one of the first institutions of higher learning to offer twinning programmes with the Polytechnic of East London in three degrees. Stamford also established a campus in Kuching, Sarawak, and a campus in Bangkok, Thailand. These courses that were offered in the 1980s have trained a significant proportion of professionals in the related areas in this country.
In the 1990's Stamford entered into arrangements with universities in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America to set up a number of university undergraduate courses in Accountancy, Business Studies, Computer Science and Law. To accommodate the growing number of students, the college moved to its new campus in Petaling Jaya, Jalan 223. A branch campus was also established in Malacca.
Stamford College also became the first private college to collaborate with a local university, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) to offer a degree in Computer Science and to offer a Master of Arts in Marketing from a reputable British university.
The Centre for Academic Excellence (CAE) was set up in 1995 to monitor and regulate the delivery and conduct of courses. The CAE monitors quality processes within the courses by conducting students' satisfaction surveys, lecturers' evaluation through classroom observation and peer observation. The Stamford English Language Centre (SELC) was also set up in 1996 to provide language skills for local and international students who needed to improve their oral, written and communication skills.
Former University of Malaya Vice-Chancellor Syed Hussien Al-atas speaking at Stamford's forum on Malaysian Higher Education Legislations 1996.
Stamford College Petaling Jaya Jalan 223 Campus.
The 2000s has been one of consolidation. More emphasis has been given to the delivery and quality processes within the structure of the courses offered by the college with partner universities and professional bodies. At the same time, the college has worked closely with the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and the Ministry of Higher Education to ensure that all courses are accredited by the authorities. The award and recognition by the Independent European Certification (IEC) for the ISO 9001:2000 put the college on a firm footing in terms of management and delivery processes.
The college established a new educational portal called StamfordOnline in 2007. The portal offers online qualifications for doctoral, masters, bachelor degrees and professional certification courses from a prominent university for adult learners and Stamford students.
Stamford College continues its historical role of meeting the educational needs of the individual and the nation into the new century by bringing in new partners and new programmes. It has since signed up University of Ballarat, Australia, to run its MBA and Bachelor of Hospitality (Management) programmes.