A 25-Year Journey: From The American University In Vietnam - AUV to The American Education Urban Village


After more than 25 years of continuous development, APU Educational Development Group, along with its two-member units (APU American International Schools and the American University in Vietnam – AUV), has grown tremendously to become one of the most prestigious and pioneering education systems in Vietnam and the region.

T.S Trần Nguyễn Thy Bình trong lễ ký kết hợp tác toàn diện đào tạo các chương trình sau Đại học, Thạc sĩ và Tiến sĩ giữa Đại học Mỹ tại Việt Nam - AUV và đại diện các trường Đại học Hoa Kỳ danh giá.
Dr. Thy Binh met and shared about the American Education Urban Village Project with Mr. Nguyen Hong Linh, Secretary of the Dong Nai Provincial Party Committee and the representatives of Boeing Corporation.


Under the leadership of Dr. Tran Nguyen Thy Binh, thousands of Vietnamese students have received access to international standard education in their homeland. Now we are pleased to be taking the next step on the journey toward integration with the modern global education network. APU Educational Development Group will deploy the American Education Urban Village Project in the Southern Key Economic Region on the border between Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai Province, marking a new milestone for American standard education in Vietnam.

T.S Trần Nguyễn Thy Bình trong lễ ký kết hợp tác toàn diện đào tạo các chương trình sau Đại học, Thạc sĩ và Tiến sĩ giữa Đại học Mỹ tại Việt Nam - AUV và đại diện các trường Đại học
Ms. Tran Nguyen Thy Binh at the signing ceremony of comprehensive cooperation in training graduate, master, and doctoral programs between the American University in Vietnam


Journey to bring American standard education to Vietnam

When Dr. Thy Binh first returned home from the US in the late 20th Century, she noticed the lack of a high-quality learning environment for students, and she wanted to change that. She made bold plans to build an American education system in Vietnam, including an American university, to create opportunities for Vietnamese students to access modern international education. In 1999, she applied for a license to establish the American University in Vietnam. While waiting for the permit, in 2004, she founded the APU American International School. This was the first K-12 international school in Vietnam licensed to teach American education programs to Vietnamese and international students in Vietnam.

Following the success of APU in Ho Chi Minh City, in 2015, APU American International School in Da Nang was established. Finally, in 2019, the APU Bilingual Program was opened to meet the unique learning needs of all students.

The Year 2015 was necessary for the APU Educational Development Group as the American University in Vietnam (AUV) was officially granted a license to operate and held the opening ceremony with an investment capital of 150 million USD. This was the very first American university in Vietnam. It was led by highly qualified and experienced educators and administrators and contributed to raising the level of education in Vietnam with the mission of providing American-standard Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral training programs to Vietnamese and international students.

Nhiều thế hệ học sinh trưởng thành từ APU hàng năm ngày càng củng cố sự trí tín vào giáo dục Hoa Kỳ vượt bậc mà APU mang lại.
Generations of students who grow up at APU every year strengthen their credibility in the outstanding American education that APU has offered.


Since then, more than 5,000 alumni from APU and AUV have gone on to succeed at prestigious universities in the US and the world, with the dollar value of scholarships offered to them increasing yearly. With the stepping stones of APU and AUV, many former students have graduated from prestigious universities around the world and become successful entrepreneurs or hold influential positions in global companies such as Boeing, Abbott, KPMG, Google, Tesla, Amazon, etc.

This APU American education system records new achievements each year employing curriculum recognized by Cognia, the world accreditation organization and a member of the "World Schools" system. APU alums received more than 25 million USD in scholarships in 2022. In addition, APU appeared in the special publication "International Schools of the Year 2021" by Siliconindia magazine, and "The Most Trusted Boarding Schools 2021" list published by Knowledge Review. Recently, the EAGLE ARENA multi-purpose gymnasium that has been inaugurated with a seating capacity of 5,000 has once again reaffirmed the prestige and internal strength of the American education systems of APU and AUV.

Dự án Làng Đô thị Giáo dục Hoa Kỳ -  Mốc son mới trên hành trình phát triển.
American Education Urban Village Project - A new milestone on the development journey.


American Education Urban Village Project - A new milestone on the development journey

With more than 30 years of experience connecting to US education, APU Educational Development Group is set to implement the American Education Urban Village Project shortly in the southern critical economic zone bordering Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai province.

This Project will deploy multi-disciplinary, multi-media training courses at many levels, from elementary school to university. Dr. Thy Binh and APU Educational Development Group have been cooperating with prestigious universities from around the world, including Arizona State University, Florida Institute of Technology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Wentworth University, University of Missouri Kansas City, University of Texas A&M, California State Universities, and others to create US standard programs with critical subjects such as Global Business Administration, Communication & Media, Information Technology, Tourism, and Hospitality Management, Health & Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Engineering, and Aviation Engineering.

Providing immense value to Vietnam's aviation industry are the aviation majors: from Aviation Engineering and Administration to Civil and Professional Pilots. These have been created through cooperation with prestigious universities such as the Florida Institute of Technology, Central Washington University, and Arizona State University. AUV and APU Group are the first educational institutions in Vietnam to actively contribute to developing and training high-quality human resources in the aviation industry for Vietnam Airlines and the world airlines. Since 2005, APU has partnered with leading partners in the aviation industry and prestigious universities in the US to successfully train many students for careers with Vietnam Airlines, the nation's flagship airline. These and other former students have completed aviation engineering, administration, and pilot training programs and currently hold important positions at leading aviation companies in Vietnam and internationally.

Công trình nhà thi đấu đa năng Eagle Arena với sức chứa 5.000 chỗ ngồi, tạo dấu ấn, sự giao thoa quốc tế, hứa hẹn là điểm đến, hội tụ của nhiều hoạt động mang tầm vóc quốc tế trong tương lai.
Eagle Arena multi-purpose stadium with a capacity of 5,000 seats has made an impression and international interference and promises to be the destination and convergence of many international activities in the future.


In addition, the Health & Sciences major includes training in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Nursing, and partners with leading American universities like Arizona State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and the University of Connecticut. The American Education Urban Village gives students everyday real-life experience and the ability to train with prestigious doctors, dentists, and pharmacists. Most notably, with the Health & Sciences major, students can practice at real American hospitals without leaving the American Education Village.

Critical training programs are provided at all levels (Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D.) to meet the needs and orientations of students, helping them to join American universities without any certificate or entrance test. In addition, students can participate in AUV's Distance Learning Program, which allows students to receive transferable credits from world-renowned universities right at AUV's lecture halls with state-of-the-art distance learning equipment. These advantages help Vietnamese and international students conveniently access the global standard training environment right here in Vietnam, saving costs and time.

As Vietnam's economy integrates with the world, acquiring knowledge through high-class, independent, American-standard educational programs will bring many advantages to Vietnamese students. With the history and experience of leading generations of successful students across all industries, AUV and APU Educational Development Group will continuously cooperate with world-renowned universities and critical partners, creating the best conditions for Vietnamese students to go forth into the world with confidence, enthusiasm, and the ability to adapt to situations and succeed in any country.


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