NEAS, AUSTRALIA AND ASEAN – Discussions on ELT and the need for more connections between SE ASIA and Australia
NEAS is supporting schools and organisations in Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand, in an effort to identify and acknowledge the high levels of quality of ELT teaching and professional development in the ASEAN region and to help raise the standards of teaching. A big part of this advocacy is to help NEAS Quality Endorsed Centres in Australia collaborate with their peers in ASEAN.
This week, NEAS celebrated quality endorsement of VUS – one of the largest English language schools in Vietnam. NEAS was proud to help celebrate with VUS a Guinness World Record for awarding 100,000 Cambridge Certificates since 2013. NEAS has endorsed 19 centres with VUS and this was celebrated in style over the weekend with marching bands, performances, banners through the streets of Ho Chi Min City (Saigon) and a presentation to 2,300 students who each received a certificate, box of chocolates and a teddy bear for their achievements (we think the students loved the teddy bears the most)!
NEAS played a major role in the Australian ASEAN Education Dialogue, held in Penang, Malaysia last week. NEAS CEO Patrick Pheasant participated in a panel with key leaders in the field of transnational education and quality assurance, including Professor Gael McDonald, President of RMIT Vietnam University, a NEAS endorsed English language centre in Vietnam. NEAS General Manager, Ana Bratkovic, led a panel on English in the ASEAN Region that included Visal Sou, CamTESOL Conference Manager and Campus Manager at ACE in Phnom Penh, a NEAS endorsed language centre in Cambodia.
Patrick and Ana are now in Singapore at the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education conference (APAIE), building awareness of the Australian Standards for English Language Teaching and promoting the high quality of teaching and learning at NEAS member centres in Australia and the ASEAN region.