Raffles Leadership Institute

About RLI

Our Philosophy
Our approach to leadership development is guided by the following principles:

  • Leadership is a critical educational outcome that has to be purposefully and intentionally developed.
  • All students have the potential to be developed into leaders.
  • Students have to be active practitioners of leadership and not just passive learners.
  • Learning to be leaders is a long-term, developmental process.

The overarching purpose of leadership development is to equip students to contribute effectively and responsibly to society.

Our Pedagogical Approach
The RLI engages learners through real-world experiential learning. Through both direct and indirect experience of authentic situations, staff and students engage with the community and the environment to create meaningful learning opportunities.

We seek to build an environment of mutual respect that fosters personal relationships conducive to growth and leadership development, with staff and students alternating between the roles of those teaching and the taught.


RLI Logo
Our logo features a young gryphon poised against an upward-pointing triangle that encapsulates the institute's understanding of leadership and service.




The young gryphon, representing the Rafflesian students that RLI nurtures, has its eyes fixed on the skies. This embodies our understanding of leadership as necessarily attentive, future-oriented and hopeful.

The upward-pointing golden triangle in the background symbolises the wisdom of the ages, the strong and stable foundation that Rafflesians require to be rooted leaders serving the community. It also signals the need for self-cultivation and the overcoming of self-interest that true leadership calls for.

Mission & Vision

The mission of RLI is to develop young people to be effective leaders of character, equipped with personal mastery and inter-personal skills, and anchored with a strong sense of social responsibility and commitment to service for the public good. The over-arching objective is to nurture future leaders for Singapore, imbued with the Rafflesian values of fortitude, integrity, respect and enterprise, and committed to using their talents for service to nation and community.

RLI Office


Year 5-6 Block H, on Level 1, next to the Innovation Centre


RLI Specialists

Mr Tan Sijie

Experiential Education Specialist

Ms Ruth Ong

Experiential Education Specialist

Ms Lim Xinyi
Experiential Education Specialist