KinderWorld raises the bar in human capital development in Vietnam

08:03 | 04/04/2016
The Singaporean education group KinderWorld has successfully created a pathway for Vietnamese students to reach the world. Que Chi reports.

Culinary Class in Pegasus International College 

Education as key to development

Singapore’s education excellence has been proven by its top ranking in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test. PISA assesses key knowledge and skills on reading, mathematics, science, and the problem-solving skills of 15-year-old students. National PISA results ranked Singapore in the top five highest-performing countries and economies in reading, science and the top two performers in mathematics.

The latest report from the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published in May 2015, showed that Singapore took the top place in mathematics and science, whereas the United Kingdom and United States were ranked 20th and 28th respectively.

Founded in 1986 in Singapore, KinderWorld Education Group operates 16 campuses under the brand names of Singapore International School (SIS), KinderWorld International Kindergarten (KIK), Singapore Vietnam International School (SVIS), and Pegasus International College (PIC) in Vietnam, as well as Pegasus International School (PIS) in Malaysia. Its campuses provide international, integrated, and local education for students from Pre-Nursery to the University Foundation Programme, Higher and Continuing Education throughout Vietnam (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Vung Tau, Binh Duong, and Nha Trang) and in Malaysia (Johor).

Singapore International Schools in Vietnam offer an International educational programme that is a combination of the Singapore curriculum on criteria set out by the Ministry of Education in Singapore and the Cambridge curricular from United Kingdom. KinderWorld Education Group of schools provide a high quality and holistic education programme for students to gain admission into universities across the world.

In ensuring the best outcome for students, Singapore International School is committed to continuously providing quality education programmes through international quality assurance and accreditation benchmark standards. Primary students are encouraged to take the iPSLE (Singapore international Primary School Examination) at the end of the primary level. Secondary students take the Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) in the final year of the secondary level. Students may choose to take the Cambridge International A Level, a two-year course of study which prepares students for University across the world, or the GAC (Global Assessment Certificate) University Foundation Programme of study which provides access to universities worldwide. The GAC includes preparation for the American College Test.

The group’s next project – the Singapore Mixed Education Development will be developed on a 7.1ha land site at Hung Thang Urban and Tourism Area, Halong city, Quang Ninh province. Phase 1 of the project consists of Singapore International School @ Halong, which is the first international school in the province, offering high quality educational programmes and modern facilities according to international standards.

Students at Singapore International School 

Perfecting “through-train” education

To provide quality education beyond High School, Pegasus International College was established to offer Vietnamese, ASEAN, and International pathways and qualifications in Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, Business and Commerce, and English Language courses.

Courses at Pegasus International College are conducted in a simulated training environment using a competency-based approach. Based on the different courses, students will receive hands-on training in our Training Kitchens, Beverage Training Centre, Coffee Academy, Hotel & Front Desk Training Room and Training Restaurant. Classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment used in international hotels and restaurants. Within its campus, Pegasus International College has a training restaurant – “The Bistro”, which serves as a venue for students’ industry training and is open to the public. This ensures our students graduate from Pegasus with employability skills to meet industry needs.

Pegasus offers 3-tiered qualifications which are aligned to national requirements like the Vietnam Tourism Occupational Standards (VTOS), the Malaysia Qualifications Framework (MQF), the Common ASEAN Tourism Curriculum (CATC), and the transnational Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) which articulates into undergraduate programmes.

Through agreements between Pegasus International College, Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) in the United Kingdom, and the Northern Sydney Institute (NSI) in Australia, upon completion of the two-year Advanced Diploma at Pegasus International College, students can articulate into the Bachelor Degree at Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) in the United Kingdom, or the Northern Sydney Institute and Charles Stuart University (Australia). As such, students will be able to complete a degree in three to three-and-a-half years. 

The group aims to complete its “through-train” educational programmes by establishing Pegasus International University to develop knowledge and skills from a global perspective and foster globally competent graduates. Pegasus is working closely with Edinburgh Napier University to implement the offshore delivery of their bachelor degree programmes in Vietnam upon the successful establishment of Pegasus International University.

Sea expedition of Outward Bound Vietnam and Outward Bound Singapore in Quy Nhon
(Binh Dinh)

Innovative institutions at Outward Bound Vietnam

As part of KinderWorld’s complete approach to education, the development of Outward Bound Vietnam was initiated to promote interpersonal, leadership, and survival skills, while instilling socio-environmental responsibility through unique outdoor activities and adventure-based experiential learning. Outward Bound Vietnam, will be developed in Quang Ninh, Vinh Phuc, Thanh Hoa, Danang and Binh Dinh. Participants will be encouraged to extend their perceived limitations, face challenges, cement friendships, have fun and develop a strong sense of self.

Outward Bound Vietnam have formed a collaborative partnership with Outward Bound Singapore to share knowledge, expertise, and the exchange of students/participants between the two schools.

In October 2014, the Vinh Phuc People’s Committee awarded KinderWorld an Investment Certificate for its Pegasus Mixed Eco-tourism Development on a 24.87ha site at Dong Cau Lake, Binh Xuyen district, Vinh Phuc province. Additionally, in February 2016, the Binh Dinh People’s Committee awarded KinderWorld a Land Use Right Certificate for the establishment of Pegasus Mixed Eco-tourism Development on a 60.86ha site in Quy Nhon city.

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