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VAS CEO: ‘Students are the center of development strategy’

Ms. Helen Kavanagh – the new CEO of Vietnam Australia International School (VAS) said that the unit will apply the student-centered philosophy in all educational activities.

Before taking office in Vietnam in February, Ms. Helen Kavanagh had more than 35 years of experience in operating large school systems in the UK, China, USA…, three postgraduate certificates in Educational Administration. education from Manchester Metropolitan University and Leicester.

– How do you feel after coming to Vietnam and experiencing the actual environment at VAS?

– After two months in Vietnam and many times to directly visit and experience VAS facilities, I am impressed with the dynamic and positive atmosphere from the professional academic and extra-curricular activities managed by the management team. school management created for students.

Currently, VAS is one of the units with the largest number of students and the largest scale in Ho Chi Minh City. In my opinion, the appearance of many competitors makes the education industry very competitive. However, that is the driving force for VAS to improve training quality and affirm its position through available strengths.

This is a school with a long tradition of academic achievement, as evidenced by generations of successful and successful alumni. This result comes from Cambridge standard programs and learning paths, a system of 7 modern facilities and a team of nearly 1,000 Vietnamese and foreign teachers.





Ms. Helen Kavanagh - the new CEO of VAS.  Photo: Character provided

Ms. Helen Kavanagh – the new CEO of VAS. Image: Characters provided

How do you plan to build VAS?

– I understand middle-class parents, especially in Asian countries, tend to invest a lot in their children’s education. Parents’ expectations and standards about the quality of education when choosing a school for their children are also increasing.

In Asia, we can see the rapid rise of international schools and the proportion of middle-class parents willing to spend a significant portion of their family income on their children’s education. I have a great deal of respect for these parents. As a mother and grandmother, I fully understand that a quality education not only opens doors of opportunity but also helps children develop creativity and global thinking to integrate into the life of the 21st century. .

Therefore, our goal is to build a modern educational institution with a professional operating mechanism. There, students are given every opportunity to maximize their potential and become the best version of themselves. At the same time, teachers and staff are given opportunities and challenges for professional development in a positive work environment. Parents can also be satisfied and happy to see their children progress and mature every day.





VAS has the advantage of training quality, teachers and facilities.  Photo: VAS

VAS has the advantage of training quality, teachers and facilities. Image: VAS

In the next three years, I believe VAS will increasingly affirm its position as a professional and prestigious school system in Ho Chi Minh City, with outstanding developments compared to competitors and comparable quality to other schools. leading international in the world.

– In your opinion, what are the advantages of VAS when teaching Cambridge educational programs?

First, the degree from the Cambridge program is widely recognized around the world. All universities in the UK and over 600 in the US accept the AS and A Level Advanced Diploma. This is the key to helping students access opportunities to study and work in an international environment in the future.





From the school year 2022-2023, VAS will deploy the Cambridge international program for students from grades 1 to 3. Photo: VAS

From the school year 2022-2023, VAS will implement the Cambridge international program for students from grades 1 to 3. Photo: VAS

After nearly 10 years of applying this program, VAS has completed three standard learning pathways including: Cambridge English Program (CEP), Cambridge Bilingual Program (CAP) and Cambridge Full International Program ( CAPI), meets the diverse needs of parents and students.

From the school year 2022-2023, the school will continue to expand teaching the Full International Pathway (CAPI) for Primary (grades 1-3) at a number of campuses to provide better preparation before school. enter High School. With the long-term operation of the VAS system, the knowledgeable and adaptable teachers and staff are able to keep up with the development of the education industry, thereby, providing the best teaching programs and methods. teaching appropriate for students.





Students hone skills and qualities through extracurricular activities for comprehensive development.  Photo: VAS

Students hone skills and qualities through extracurricular activities for comprehensive development. Image: VAS

– Recently, VAS became an official member of XCL Education Group with 17 international standard educational institutions in Singapore and Malaysia. What does this mean for VAS?

– I believe that the school’s mission is to educate students to become the best versions of themselves with a passion and will for lifelong learning. At VAS, students are placed at the center of all educational activities, providing opportunities and challenges of international stature.

Accordingly, students can continue to learn, develop and connect with friends from different countries through VAS’s participation in XCL Education Group.

Thien Minh

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