Prince of Wales Island International School, Penang, Malaysia

Nicholas Umpleby

Nicholas have worked in education for over ten years. In that time, he has been fortunate to live in many exciting places and work at unique and inspiring schools. As a geography specialist, he firmly believes in the value of his subject. One of his goals as an educator is to change the old-fashioned perception of geography as the study of capital cities, the names of rivers and the less than demanding skill of colouring in maps. Rather, the dynamic and relevant nature of the subject is unique in providing students with a genuine insight into the social, economic and environmental issues facing the modern world. He is particularly interested in population issues, economic development, natural disasters and the dynamics of world trade. In his free time he enjoys long hikes, preferably in Europe, trail running, and watching sport.