Our New CEO's Message

“It is my joy and honour to now be part of the REAL education family.

For the last 25 years I have been, first and foremost, an educator. It has been my joy to connect with students and see them develop their talents, mature as citizens, grow as leaders, enlarge their vision and understanding of the world, and discover their direction and purpose. I have always put students at the heart of any leadership decision I make, and I will continue to use that as my moral compass while leading REAL.

I have also had the privilege of establishing and developing several world class schools in Malaysia. My standards for schools are extremely high and my plan for the next 2 years is to transform REAL Schools into truly world class private and international schools that are among the best in Asia.”

Dr Goh Chee Leong
CEO, REAL Education
CEO, Prestigion K12 Education

Introducing Dr Goh Chee Leong

Dr Goh was the founding CEO for HELP Education Services, which established two international schools in Malaysia including HELP International School, Kuala Lumpur (HISKL), which became the fastest-growing school in Kuala Lumpur’s history with over 1,300 students in less than 3 years. HISKL was listed by the UK Times Education Supplement as one of the top 10 international schools in the world in 2019, and gained APPLE Distinguished Status as a model school in the region; while Crescendo-HELP International School, Johor Bahru became the fastest-growing school in Johor with over 900 students within its first 18 months.

Dr Goh was also Vice President of HELP University and was the founder and Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences at HELP University, Kuala Lumpur, which houses one of the largest Psychology programmes in South East Asia with over 1,400 full-time students. There, he lectured in a variety of areas including Organizational Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methodology, Human Motivation, Developmental Psychology, and Cognitive Psychology.

He is the treasurer for the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), the first Asian to ever hold that position, and was the past President for the ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS). He was the past President of the Malaysian Psychological Association (PSIMA) and has also been appointed Consultant Psychologist for MENSA Malaysia.

Dr Goh obtained his PhD in Psychology from the University of Otago in New Zealand, where he was conferred the Otago Postgraduate Award. Prior to that, he completed a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology at Otago University as well.

He has served as project leader for eight UNICEF projects in Malaysia, including a capacity-building project in tsunami-affected communities in Kedah, the development of a national child trauma response team, a bully prevention intervention in Malaysian schools, and a positive discipline initiative in schools. He is a member of the Ministry of Health’s National Disaster Taskforce for Mental Health that has been commissioned to construct a disaster response protocol for Malaysia. Dr Goh also headed a research team funded by World Vision to conduct studies on youth psychosocial factors in Timor Leste (East Timor). His many works include publishing in the area of memory and eyewitness testimonies among children.

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