The SACE Council under the South Australian Government signed a contract with a partner in Vietnam to hand over the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) to Scotch College Australian Grammar School (Scotch AGS).
Scotch AGS will also be one of the first international schools to teach SACE methodically and typically in Ho Chi Minh City, providing opportunities for Vietnamese students to experience an international learning model, opening doors to top universities in the world.
Professor Martin Westwell, executive director of SACE International, said SACE will provide a standard Australian education program. This is a baccalaureate degree chosen by many students in the Asia region because of a rigorous, strict teaching and assessment model, creating a space for comprehensive development for each student. “We designed SACE to ensure quality, to be student-centered, to help them not only in university, but also in their future life,” said Professor Westwell.
SACE is the South Australia State Baccalaureate program, which usually lasts two years at the end of high school. This is the pathway to university that many students choose. In Australia, SACE is widely recognized by all universities in the country. Around the world, SACE has also been accepted by many prestigious universities in the U.K., U.S., Canada, etc.
Students who complete the SACE program have been pursuing diverse pathways at top global universities, ranging from trendy subjects like management, business; some difficult fields like medicine, dentistry to competent subjects like music, art.
Robyn Mudie, Australian ambassador in Vietnam, said the agreement reached by the SACE Council is proof of Australia’s strong bilateral relationship with Vietnam. “The SACE program creates opportunities for young Vietnamese students to access a high-quality Australian university preparatory program in Vietnam,” said Ambassador Mudie. “Cooperation in the education field is the longest and strongest relationship and will continue to be the foundation for future development between Australia and Vietnam.”
Witnessing the new turning point of SACE in Vietnam, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Ha Minh Quan – director of ISB, who has been monitoring the progress in educational cooperation between Vietnam and Australia for many years – believes the SACE program would ensure Vietnamese students have the most perfect flourishing space.
According to Quan, with SACE, students will not learn in the way of copying without thinking, theoretically or merely dealing with exams. Instead, SACE creates a foundation to improve each student’s ways of thinking, applying judgment and analysis. SACE focuses on equipping students with essential skills to be able to turn knowledge into reality, and into practical competencies.