Betsy Hanselmann, head of school at the Australian International School Phnom Penh, speaks to The Post about how the leading educational institution prepares students for the world of tomorrow.
The Australian International School Phnom Penh (AISPP) launches innovative programmes in partnership with world leading universities.
There has been a lot of talk over the past few decades about 21st century learning and preparing our children for the world of tomorrow.
At AISPP, this means recognising that every child is an individual and that no single programme will ever fit all students.
As children progress through school, their options tend to narrow dramatically. At best, most schools offer one or two routes to high school graduation and through to university.
These are typically highly academic and require a broad set of competencies. While this suits some students, it clearly does not work for everyone.
Recognising the need to continue personalised learning right through to graduation, AISPP is embarking on ground breaking partnerships with prestigious world class universities.
For the first time in the Kingdom of Cambodia, students will have the option to embark on dual enrolment programmes which lead to highly specialised educational pathways.
The school has signed agreements with Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) that will allow students to begin their university studies while finishing the high school programme.
Joining freshman students through the universities’ online platforms, AISPP students will spend approximately 50 per cent of their time in lectures and seminars with some of the world’s leading professors.
By selecting the appropriate courses and maintaining a good grade point average (GPA), students will be able to complete their first year of university studies during Years 11 and 12 of high school – saving them a whole year of study time and their parents as much as $50,000 in university fees and living expenses.
For students heading for careers in all areas of art and design – graphic design, user experience, industrial design, fine art, fashion design and advertising and marketing – SCAD offers a unique opportunity.
In a recent article in Forbes magazine, SCAD students were cited as being “uniquely positioned to shape the way that creative industries function in decades to come”.
Anyone hoping for a career in the aviation industry can do no better than to look at Embry-Riddle.
Ranked as the top aviation university in the world – and recently rated as the world’s best online education provider – ERAU offers programmes in aeronautical engineering, aviation and aviation business.
With a predicted shortfall of 300,000 aviation workers over the next 10 years, this is an industry with huge potential for today’s students.
For more information on these exciting courses, please contact Jonathan Cox, secondary years principal. Email: [email protected].