Last updated: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
American Pacific University (APU): A Unique Concept in International Education
Coming back to Vietnam for the first time 10 years ago, Dr. Binh Thy Nguyen Tran, an overseas Vietnamese, was moved to tears by a view of children (aged 8 to 10) working from dawn till sunset to help their parents. A thought of a school appeared in her mind to help them. In the past 10 years, she tried to persuade the chairmen of some colleges and universities in the US and the leaders of the Vietnam education sector to build an international school for Vietnamese students. Late in 2004 the American Pacific University (APU) was established in Lanh Binh Thang St, Dist 11, HCMC attracting the presence of many representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam Airlines, the US Embassy and many presidents of famous American Universities.
APU is an American Education Organization. Its members are heads of many famous and prestigious colleges, universities and educational organizations in the US including the Roger Williams University (one of the fastest growing liberal arts universities) and South Seattle Community College. APU is the first High School in Vietnam approved to issue international high school certificates and these are accepted by American Universities around the world.
By combining the talents and programs represented by these institutions, APU can offer everything a student needs for international education from the time he enters high school through to an advanced degree. Classes are taught in English so students will be prepared by ELS Language Centers, one of the world’s leading providers of intensive English programs. According to Dr. Binh, there is rarely such an educational model like APU in the US. APU is the training place where many famous international universities are cooperating to establish special programs. These programs are accepted by any American universities in the world after finishing a pre-university class at APU. “APU is the unique bridge linking Vietnamese students to the US,” said Dr Binh.
After eight months of operation in Vietnam, more than 200 Vietnamese students have benefited from APU programs. They have made good progress and are highly appreciated by their foreign lecturers. Out of this number, more than 50 students have been transferred from APU Campus in Ho Chi Minh City to the United States to continue their education under APU bridge programs. Under The Boeing Co.’s sponsorship, APU, in cooperation with its partners, South Seattle Community College, Central Washington University, Alteon and Galvin Flying School, has tailored customized training programs to train employees from the Vietnam Airlines Corporation in the areas of Aviation Maintenance Technology, Aviation Maintenance Management, Pilot Training and Aeronautic Engineering. “In the future, when our new model of APU University Village is finished, APU will become a great place for students from all over the world as well as students from Vietnam,” said Dr. Binh.