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First Vietnamese high school registered with Cambridge International

Released at: 16:10, 29/10/2019

First Vietnamese high school registered with Cambridge International

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Chu Van An High School in Hanoi offering Cambridge AS & A Level Programs.

by Khanh Chi

At a session involving central government and city leaders, along with representatives from seven other State schools offering lower secondary and high school programs and involved in an educational pilot project at Hanoi’s Chu Van An High School, Cambridge International announced the registration of Chu Van An as a Cambridge school.

The school’s registration marks an important education milestone in Vietnam’s capital, with a leading international curriculum made available to Vietnamese students in selected State schools.

Under the pilot, which was initiated by the Hanoi People’s Committee and the Hanoi Department of Education and Training, high-performing students have the opportunity to study both the national curriculum, which is taught in Vietnamese, and the Cambridge International curriculum, taught in English.

Dr. Nguyen Duc Chung, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, has been credited as initiating the Cambridge International program in the pilot, which is bringing about positive changes in State education in the capital and become a model of how bilingual programs can be implemented in the rest of the country.

Chu Van An High School was the first State school to participate in the pilot, offering Cambridge International AS & A Level Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Economics curricula as early as August 2017.

In the Cambridge International AS & A Level program, students typically take the Cambridge A Levels a year after completing the Cambridge AS Levels. In Cambridge International’s June 2019 examinations, Chu Van An High School students involved in the pilot project achieved excellent AS Level results.

These results demonstrated the outstanding learning abilities of students in the program and, importantly, that they were able to successfully transfer knowledge acquired in Vietnamese to higher level Cambridge subjects learned in English.

Through the Cambridge International program, students also gained valuable practical Science-related skills and developed higher level thinking and working abilities essential for success in the competitive work and business environment of the 21st century in their fast-developing homeland. The first cohort of Chu Van An High School students involved in the pilot project are expected to sit for Cambridge A Level examinations in November.

“Three years into our pilot project, the State schools in Hanoi that have been cooperating on the dual qualification program with our international partners have been meeting the learning needs of students in the capital,” said Dr. Chung. “We are currently considering ways to expand this program in future.”

“Cambridge International’s approach in terms of education is highly relevant to the challenging and diverse teaching and learning conditions in Vietnam,” said Mr. Melvyn Lim, Cambridge International’s Country Manager of Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. “Its approach of aligning curriculum, assessment, and teaching and learning ensures that students are learning at the highest quality and standard. Vietnamese Cambridge learners will be prepared for the opportunities and challenges in the Industry 4.0 era.”

“We are delighted to be the preferred education partner for Vietnam’s compulsory education system in the teaching of subjects in English. We look forward to contributing more of our knowledge, experience, and expertise towards the uplifting of Vietnam’s educational system so that it increases opportunities for students’ further education, helping them achieve their aspirations and also better meet future professional and business needs.”

Cambridge qualifications are recognized as the gold-standard international qualifications in schools for its wide range of subject choices, regularly updated subject contents, easy access to teaching resources, and professional development opportunities for school leaders and teachers.

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