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|Bernard Depasquale, CEO of AMEB, and Thanh Bui, founder and head of AMPA Education|
The event marked a new milestone for AMPA Education to officially become a strategic partner of AMEB, striving together toward the common goal of "Serving the Community through the Arts".
Established in 1918, the AMEB is not only Australia’s leading provider of examination services for music, speech, and drama, but also have gained professional recognition in Australia and in many markets around the world.
Since its establishment over 100 years ago, the AMEB has done over 7,000,000 music and theory exams for more than 100,000 candidates every year. AMEB qualifications provide an international benchmark and measure of excellence that is recognised across Australia and internationally.
At the signing ceremony, the AMEB and AMPA Education committed to a sustainable partnership through non-profit arts education projects, bringing AMEB's programmes and certifications closer to the community, by providing music students and teachers with access to creative education with international standards.
Accordingly, AMEB and AMPA Education collaboratively develop quality arts training programmes and organise AMEB examinations in Vietnam. AMPA Education is regarded as an official AMEB Examination Center, providing a comprehensive slate of AMEB international music training, examinations, and certifications in Vietnam.
The co-operation between AMPA Education and AMEB not only provides Vietnamese students with a new option for international music certification but also creates an opportunity for them to improve their skills and upgrade their expertise to a global standard through the workshops and masterclasses conducted by international experts from AMEB.
Subsequently, the partnership will play a pivotal role toward one of AMPA Education's important goals of improving the capacity of music and arts education in Vietnam.
By using AMEB syllabuses or taking part in exams, students and teachers also join hands with AMPA Education to raise funds for the Dream Space project – one of AMPA Education’s key fundraising initiatives that aims to bring creative education to every child in Vietnam.
Bernard Depasquale, CEO of AMEB, said: “We feel that there is much alignment between the goals of AMEB and AMPA Education. We are both dedicated to improving music education and improving opportunities for music students. Also, the Australian connection between AMEB and Thanh Bui, an Australian citizen and an advanced graduate of AMEB.”
“AMEB is delighted to have the opportunity to work with AMPA. In Australia AMEB is part of the fabric of music education. In Vietnam, AMEB is very new but we would like to become part of the fabric of music education in Vietnam as well. We think that by working with established organisations in Vietnam like AMPA, with similar organisational goals to AMEB, we will be able to achieve much more than we could on our own,” he added.
Pham Doan Ha My, executive director of AMPA Education, said, “We believe that AMEB plays a significant part in the big picture of developing a system of creative education in Vietnam. The co-operation between AMPA Education and AMEB will give the Vietnamese music community more opportunities to develop their potential and to be recognised by an international arts qualification. Through this partnership, we believe that the positive impacts of music and arts education will be spread further and wider in Vietnam. We appreciate AMEB's participation in AMPA Education's community projects and trust that the commitment and support from international partners like AMEB will greatly facilitate the realisation of music and arts projects for Vietnamese children.”