Merger creates second largest international school in Ho Chi Minh City

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 A kindergarten class at ACG Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City

Two Australian schools merged Thursday to become the second largest international school in the city, promising to provide world-class education to its students.

The merger of ACG Vietnam (Academic Colleges Group) and Australian International School will see the new school adopt the name of the latter and begin operations on July 1, 2013.

A press release said the new Australian International School will be the second biggest in the city after the American International School.

The new school will have three campuses with a total ares of 3.2 hectares in District 2, the city's new urban area.

It will be staffed by more than 100 qualified foreign teachers, most coming from Australia, England, Canada and New Zealand, and will continue offering education from kindergarten to higher secondary levels.

The curriculum and assessment includes the International Baccalaureate's Primary Year Programme, the University of Cambridge International Lower Secondary Programme with international examinations, and senior secondary students will have the choice of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme or the University of New South Wales' Foundation Studies Year 13 Curriculum.

All students, currently more than 1,100 from 35 countries, can enroll or transfer to universities in the US, England, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, and other countries.

The two schools were established in 2006 by a joint venture between Academic Colleges Group-New Zealand and Thuy Chau Company, an investor in primary education based in District 2.

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