APU International School, UMKC Seek to Promote Partnership

Vietnamese school offers dual-credit courses

The University of Missouri-Kansas City will host two guests from the APU International School in Vietnam as the two schools continue efforts to grow their partnership in the Dual Credit program.

Drs. Binh Thy Nguyen Tran, APU Founder and CEO; and Roy Nirschel, director of the APU Educational Development Group and the founding president of AUV, designed to become the first American University in Vietnam, will visit UMKC from Saturday, Oct. 3 to Tuesday, Oct. 6, to promote the program begun earlier this year.

APU International School is the only school in Asia where UMKC has this unique dual credit program and relationship.

Outstanding students at APU are jointly enrolled at UMKC, while still in high school, earning college credits close to home and saving time for students and resources for families. Upon completion, students will be able to use their course transcripts at thousands of well-established United States colleges and universities.

UMKC and APU offered five dual credit courses at APU with a total of nine students currently enrolled. The courses were geometry, biology, history, math and English. The dual credit program is designed for juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The program is highly selective and available only to students who meet APU’s academic requirements and language proficiency. UMKC faculty approve the curriculum and ensure the APU instructors have the appropriate credentials to teach college-level courses. UMKC also provides textbooks. Students can earn up to two years of college credit in English, math, sciences, art, humanities and other disciplines.

Tran and Nirschel will visit numerous UMKC academic units including the School of Computing and Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Bloch School of Management, the School of Pharmacy and the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Approximately 43 students who graduated from APU are currently attending UMKC and have a combined GPA of 3.365.

“We are proud of our relationship with the APU Group and particularly pleased that we are seeing growth in enrollment from APU graduates who have proven to be great students,” said Mel Tyler, UMKC Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Enrollment.

Nirschel will present “Education in Vietnam: Vietnam Today” to the UMKC campus and community at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6 in the UMKC Student Union. Nirschel has 35 years’ experience as an educator as a vice president at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Miami, where he earned his Ph.D. He also served as president of Newbury College in Boston and Roger Williams University.

APU Educational Development Group is an umbrella organization that provides K-University education and specialized training programs that meet the needs of Vietnamese students and families. It operates APU-American International School, a University Prep program, the American University of Vietnam Project and specialized programs, including aviation management and flight training.


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