ISHCMC Prepares Students in Vietnam for a Digital World

Education - Saigon/HCMC: July 18, 2019

Having recently celebrated 25 years as a leading international school in Saigon, ISHCMC (International School Ho Chi Minh City) has never been one to rest on its laurels. With a passion for modernising the way they think about education, a key part of evolving their learning environment is to prepare ISHCMC students for trends that will affect them in the real world.


A major global social trend in recent times has been the proliferation of technology in everyday life, completely transforming the career landscape for current and future graduates. At ISHCMC, students are exposed to technology across both of the top international school's campuses in Saigon's District 2. With a dedication to stellar facilities, its students are enjoying huge advantages through technology related to design, food, sciences and arts, and sustainable technology. 

However, the significant challenges presented by evolving technology are not being ignored by ISHCMC and its forward-thinking Head of School, Adrian Watts. Sitting down with City Pass Guide, Watts discussed his thoughts on preparing students for an ever-changing world of technology and ISHCMC's leadership role in this area as one of Saigon's leading international schools.


Adrian Watts:

“Initially, preparing students at ISHCMC for the online world has been about educating them on digital citizenship. At ISHCMC, we look at how can we teach more about moral values, to enable younger generations to ethically evaluate their use of technology in the real world, to protect their human rights from AI and algorithms, and to be responsible members of society.

Through our advisory programs, we discuss with students their moral responsibilities as digital citizens and we did extremely well when evaluated on this recently by Cognita via their safeguarding audits, so we are proud of our progress there. I also believe we should frequently reevaluate the positive and negative effects of technology, and assess what we should or shouldn't be promoting to young people.


An essential trend to deal with is the unprecedented rate of changes in technology. So, we need to consider how students can build a career in a world where job roles are (and will be) coming and going. For example, consider the position of social media manager. That role didn’t even exist 10 years ago and yet the rapid development of AI technology is likely to render it defunct over the next 10 years or so. 

To address this challenge, we reference the Top 10 Skills the World Economic Forum places importance on to provide opportunities for our students to develop in-demand skills and aptitudes, rather than just focusing on content that can quickly expire. As an example, just a few years ago, ‘emotional intelligence’ was not even in the WEF’s top ten essential competencies but is now listed as one of the most important for modern workers. 


So, we are constantly monitoring real world requirements and then teaching the actual ability to learn and apply new skills, so that students will not be caught out by brand new technologies and they will more easily be able to adapt to future changes and jobs that don’t even exist now when they pursue successful careers.” 

It is clear that Watts and ISHCMC constantly give careful consideration to how their students will deal with the role of technology in the real world. Their young learners will already be better prepared for the technological evolutions, thanks to student empowerment through personalised pathways and a focus on skill-based learning that has made ISHCMC a leading educational thinker among international schools in Saigon and Vietnam.


ISHCMC's Grade 12 students have received offers from 26 of the top 50 universities in the world. ISHCMC is proud of the diversity of nations where its students will pursue higher education, as well as the impressive dedication shown to identify institutions that are the best fit for both their intellectual and emotional growth.

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