mou signing 2Leaders from two of Cambodia’s premier educational institutions met on Monday, January 19, to sign a partnership agreement for the benefit of students at both schools. The American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP) was represented at the signing ceremony by Dr. Sharon Siverts, President, Dr. William Heidcamp, Vice-President for Academic and Student Affairs, and Chris Campbell, Manager of Recruitment and Admissions. CIA FIRST International School was represented by Oknya Ly Tay and Mr. Samath Him Sprung from the Board of Directors, and by Mr. Andre Struve, School Director. As a part of the agreement, CIA FIRST students will receive AUPP tuition reduction, access to special lectures at AUPP, and invitations to AUPP community events. In turn, AUPP will receive invitations to CIA FIRST events where they can meet with students and parents and promote the exceptional education opportunities offered through AUPP.

“This is a historic agreement and a very positive step for both schools. It is also a sign of the growing strength and quality of education in Cambodia” stated Andre Struve, School Director at CIA FIRST International School.

CIA FIRST International School is one of Cambodia’s leading international schools for students K3 – grade 12. Employing an American standards-based curriculum, the school focuses on helping students to gain critical thinking skills and to develop into globally responsible citizens.

AUPP is Cambodia’s first American-style university. AUPP’s highly qualified faculty have significant experience teaching in the United States and deliver a U.S.-based curriculum entirely in English.

“AUPP is delighted with this agreement between CIA FIRST and the university.  Not only do students benefit, but the country benefits from this unique and innovative partnership as CIA FIRST and AUPP work to prepare students to be the leaders of tomorrow” stated Dr. Sharon Siverts, President of AUPP.

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