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AII & AIS invest in the future of Cambodia’s youth

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Dr. Kuoch Mengly with his students after a karate competition. Moeun Nhean

AII & AIS invest in the future of Cambodia’s youth

In the near future, AIS and AII students will be able to attend classes in a new atmosphere inside a 20-storey building along Mao Tse Tung Boulevard in Phnom Penh.

Dr. Kuoch Mengly, a Cambodian-American and founder of AII and AIS, said this is key for encouraging students to get a better education and be more confident in themselves for the future.

“An educational institute has to provide a good atmosphere in order to make students satisfied and work harder towards their goals,” he said.

Mengly explained that at AIS and AII, their government board requires staff and teachers to have a clear, professional persona with high morality and a strong will to provide education for all their students, while students are instilled with a sense of respect, morality and dignity while paying attention in class and studying hard to benefit the most from their education.

The governing board itself must also respect the principles of the school and the law by having a strong management that provides its staff with a decent salary, new training and professional environment.

“Currently, we have begun a construction project of a new campus with 20 floors along Mao Tse Tung Boulevard,” said Mengly.

“It is estimated to be completed in two years, which means it will be open for students in late 2017 or early 2018.”

This building will be the tallest educational building in Cambodia, he said.

“Currently, the five campus locations of AIS and AII provide many classrooms with a good environment and constant sanitation with a library hall, book stalls, a canteen, a language and computer lab, infirmary room and free Wifi throughout the whole compound,” said Mengly. “In addition, the school also creates activities, programs and clubs such as study clubs, sport clubs, art clubs and music clubs.”

To ensure general safety and security, the school is equipped with CCTV cameras throughout the whole compound on every campus.

Moreover, the school provides staff and teachers health insurance, as well as health insurance for two more people in their family.

“Our standard is to focus on the environment of the school, the aesthetics of the school, good services, health and sanitation and abundance of equipments in education and sports for the students. They are available for the students here,” said Mengly. “At AIS and AII, it is not only a building for learning but also a building comprised of warmth for students and their guardians. We don’t want them to have concerns over an unclear future when it comes to their studies or school.”

Mengly added that AIS and AIS has invested in providing benefits in education and human resources in Cambodia in order to have the quality education found in countries like the United States and Singapore. This has turned into school pride for students, whom win awards and medals every year for almost all subjects in various national, regional and international competitions, at varying levels.

In 2015 alone, AIS and AII have won seven awards in both national and international competitions.

Mengly added that in the 2014 grade 12 national exam, 85 per cent of AIS and AII students passed, over double the national rate of 40 per cent. This year, over 300 students will participate in the grade 12 national exam on August 24, 2015.

He said, “I hope that all the students of AII & AIS will get a better results for this year’s grade 12 national exam than that of last year.”

With experience in getting an education, living in the US and as a businessman in the education sector of Cambodia in the future, Mengly expressed his own view that “the topic of the ASEAN integration should be included into the curriculum by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, specifically for Cambodian students now, in order to enable them to find out more about ASEAN as a life capital for them, while they live under the same umbrella as all the ASEAN countries.”

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