Danang City, Vietnam – May 16, 2021 – APU American International School announced today that it has earned accreditation by Cognia™, a nonprofit organization that provides quality assurance for schools, school districts, and education service providers.
Cognia, formerly AdvancED, globally recognizes districts that meet rigorous standards focused on productive learning environments, equitable resource allocation that meets the needs of learners, and effective leadership. Earning accreditation from the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission means that the school is accredited, and that APU is recognized across the globe as a school that meets Cognia Standards of Quality, and maintains a commitment to continuous improvement.
“School accreditation as conferred by the Cognia Global Accreditation Commission provides APU an internationally recognized mark of quality for our school,” shared Dr. Binh Thy Nguyen Tran, Chairwoman of APU. “It demonstrates to our community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.”
To earn Cognia accreditation, a school also must implement a continuous process of improvement, and submit to internal and external review. Schools in good standing can maintain their accreditation for a five-year term.
Dr. Mark A. Elgart, president and CEO of Cognia, stated, “Cognia Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school and its community on the primary goal of preparing lifelong learners in engaging environments where all students can flourish. APU is to be commended for demonstrating that it has met high standards, is making progress on key indicators that impact student learning.”
Cognia is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). Parents and interested community members can learn more about the Cognia Accreditation at cognia.org
With these accomplishments, APU has been focusing on talent training, constantly developing, and committed to providing a qualified American education experience in Vietnam.
Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning, and improvement services to institutions and other education providers. The result of the merger of AdvancED and Measured Progress, Cognia was formed to bridge the gap between school evaluation and student assessment. As a global nonprofit working in over 80 countries, our 36,000 institutions serve and support nearly 25 million students and five million educators every day. Cognia serves as trusted partner in advancing learning for all. Find out more at cognia.org.
Since its inception in 2004, APU has continuously participated in the economic development of Vietnam by offering high-quality education to k-12 learners. They have created the Pathway to American Education, paved with high academic standards and quality faculty instruction.
Following the success of Ho Chi Minh City’s campus, they are pleased to have opened the APU American International School in Da Nang City in 2015, which provides the APU quality and brand in the Central region of Vietnam.
Building on the success of APU, a long process lead to the creation of the first American-style university in Vietnam. American University in Vietnam (AUV) received approval from the government in 2015 for courses and degrees to begin in fall of 2016.
To fulfill students’ learning needs while taking into account their individual circumstances and desires, APU American International School has launched the Bilingual Program for the 2020-2021 school year, offering the most favorable conditions for students to develop their talent and deepen their knowledge in both Vietnamese and American educational culture at a reasonable cost.
APU is the first and only international school in Vietnam to be licensed by both the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training and the U.S. Department of Education to teach American education programs to Vietnamese and international students. APU American International School encourages students to enroll in the College Bridge Program (CBP). This particular program is established by APU Educational Development Group with prestigious partner universities in the United States. The College Bridge Program allows students to earn university credits while still in high school. Students can get as much as a two-year head start on earning college credit through taking CBP courses. It is a smart investment and a time-saving option every student and parent should consider. Because CBP requires a high level of academic ability, students from other schools who wish to enroll in college bridge courses must take an entrance exam and score in the top 10% on the SAT. However, because of APU’s high educational standards, this requirement is waived for our students. This means less paperwork, less time, and fewer expenses for families.
Annually, 90% of APU seniors are awarded a total of $5 million USD worth of scholarship funds from highly ranked universities in the U.S. and worldwide without taking the TOEFL, IELTS, or SAT exam. Many APU graduates have gone on to prestigious universities around the world and have held important positions in some of the world’s most prestigious companies and corporations.
Dinh Khang Hy – APU alumnus of the 2009-2010 class took first place in the 2015 ACRP Design Competition sponsored by the FAA with his Piezoelectric Carpet System project and also was awarded the RWU President’s Core Value Medallion for his applied math research with his professor. Hy finished his Bachelor of Science with distinction, completed his Doctor of Science degree, and is teaching at Tufts University. Ho Hoang Duy – the 2014 valedictorian is finishing his doctorate and working as a lecturer at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Truong Buu Van, an APU alumna from 2010, has earned the Bachelor of Science with the highest GPA amongst 3500 students at University of Texas at Austin. She continued to receive the Master of Science at Northwestern University and is currently working as a Senior Operation Supervisor at AbbVie (formerly belong to Abbott Laboratories), one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Nguyen Bang Thanh works for Boeing as a Team Leader in Standard Work Project and as a Value Stream Team Core Industrial Engineer. Pham Ngoc Bach, a 2009 APU alumnus, is also currently working at Boeing as a Senior Supply Chain Analyst.
Nguyen Hai Tung, an APU class of 2007 alumnus, is currently successful with JobHop Company, the only company that uses AI technology to help people find jobs. Ho Hoang Phuc, the 2013 valedictorian, is working on a startup called Lean Start Lab in the US. Dang Kim Thi, a 2012 APU graduate, is now a Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Le Thi Hai Anh, an APU 2013 class alumna, has earned an MBA and is a globally qualified professional financial adviser and Certified Public Accountant. Huynh Thanh Huy, a class of 2011 alumnus, has earned an MBA in finance. Both Le Thi Hai Anh and Huynh Thanh Huy are currently employed at one of the world’s Big Four accounting firms. Tran Thien Hong Anh graduated from APU in 2013 and is to become a practicing dentist at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Nguyen Ngoc Huyen Tran, an alumna of the 2008 class, graduated with an MS from Stanford University and currently holds the position of Senior Data Analyst at Microsoft, the world’s largest technology corporation. Le Ngoc Truyen, a 2012 graduate, earned an MS from the University of California, Berkeley and is working for the Lygos Corporation. These are just some of APU’s success stories.
APU is constantly developing and ensuring that generations of students in Vietnam receive international standard quality education, helping them on the path to achieving their goals and dreams.