Singapore Cambodia International Academy (SCIA), a member of the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) Group, has launched a unique pre-university programme to prepare students for the rigorous of higher education and the real world.
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The programme, named the International Foundation Programme (IFP), is designed as transit for students who finish high school to enroll in the universities abroad. It equips the students with the skills and knowledge necessary to embark on a wide range of demanding undergraduate degrees.
IFP is offered to students with a high school education but without the General Certificate of Education ‘A’ level qualification or its equivalent. IFP studies therefore prepares students for entry into university degree programmes. These subjects, not taught in most high schools, develop a strong academic foundation for students entering university to pursue economics, management, finance, and social science related courses.
The IFP qualification is widely accepted for undergraduate entry at leading universities such as the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) Global Education in Singapore, as well as leading UK institutions – University of London, LSE, Durham, King’s College London, and Warwick, as well as at prestigious universities in Australia, Canada, and the US.
Based on the programme, classes for the one-year programme will be conducted at the Foundation Studies Centre located at SCIA. It provides international school students who have completed grade 10 or local students who have completed grade 12 education (upon completion of the Cambodian National School Examination) with foundation programme, especially tailored to lead them into further studies.
The IFP launch was held on June 15 in a sharing session at the SCIA campus at One Park in Phnom Penh City Center, where students and parents of students sat down seeking the understanding of the programmes which were shared by Chris New, deputy director of the International Foundation Programme at the University of London, Christina Choo, senior associate director of business and regional operations at SCIA, and Anselm Chu, managing director and school director at SCIA.
Mr Chu said offering the IFP is in line with SCIA’s vision of being the preferred choice for higher learning in Cambodia.
“You will have the opportunity to pursue your pre-university education at SCIA, and progress to undergraduate studies at our sister institution, SIM Global Education in Singapore or at our partner universities overseas,” Mr Chu said.
The IFP has been designed to help students develop a strong foundation across a broad range of courses related to economics, management, finance, and social sciences (international relations, politics, and sociology) which are relevant to many professions in the Cambodian jobs market, he said.
The programme starts from August and the exams are held in end April each year.
In 2019, SCIA, which endeavours to be the centre of excellence in education and higher learning, was appointed by the University of London as the first and only recognized teaching centre in Cambodia to offer the International Foundation Programme (IFP).