On May 28, 2021, the St. Nicholas School Danang officially became the 18th member of the EQuest Education Group and this is the first school to join this group in Da Nang. New President of the St. Nicholas School is J.David Armstrong, is president emeritus, retired, of Broward College, one of the largest and most diverse institutions in America, serving 65,000 students in Florida State, USA
“Because I love Vietnam”
Mr. Armstrong was the President of Broward College, one of the best community colleges in the United States. The Broward College not only ensures excellent training quality for students in the US but also works towards international educational cooperation projects to serve global students under his leadership. This has the establishment of Broward’s international centers in 10 countries around the world, including Vietnam. He decided to come to Vietnam to work after finishing at Broward University, USA.
Share why he chose to work at St. Nicholas, Mr. Armstrong said: It is truly an honor to be asked to serve St. Nicholas School, its students, parents, teachers and leaders, in the role of president. I have been involved in education leadership for more than 30 years in the USA and it is my joy and passion. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing students and families at graduation celebrations, and then to see them go on to success at universities and careers and life. These are the greatest rewards in life for me.
“I first came to Vietnam 10 years ago to begin working with our EQuest family schools. I immediately fell in love with Vietnam, the culture, the food, the exciting growth, but especially the people and children. I have also worked in other developing countries and have had the opportunity to work in China and other Asian and South American countries, but Vietnam is where I want to be to help make a difference for the children, the students, the future of this beautiful country. Anh yêu Vietnam and I look forward to seeing you soon in person”.
English opens the door to the world
“As President of the St. Nicholas school, what are you going to do in the near future?”, Mr. Armstrong said:
First of all, I will collaborate with SNS leaders, teachers, students, and parents to find ways to continue to grow and improve the learning environments. We believe that providing students with an outstanding academic preparation is the foundation. It is especially important to learn language and communications skills, and for international success learning English is critical in addition to knowing Vietnamese. Written and verbal skills are important, as well as being able to listen and discern and think critically, along with presentation skills for the world we live and work.
Knowing English opens the door to the world for students. With this foundation, as well as math’s and sciences as your academic foundation, we will build from there. For example, we can partner with our sister online school which I am involved with, Ivy Global School, to have students participate in Career webinars in Vietnam and the US.
The St. Nicholas School in Da Nang is an international school that provides an accredited American curriculum for Vietnamese and international students from preschool to high school. SNS is working with Texas Tech University (“TTU”), the University of Missouri (“Mizzou”), and Florida Virtual School (“FLVS”) to bring the American curriculum to students in Vietnam. Upon completion, SNS students will receive the American High School Diploma, which is an international degree that is significantly beneficial for students to gain admission to Universities in the U.S.A and abroad.
Bringing more opportunities for students to succeed in education, in careers, in life
Mr. Armstrong affirmed that his greatest accomplishment has been, and will continue to be, bringing more opportunities for students to succeed in education, in careers, in life. As president of Broward College in Florida, he was successful in increasing our student success rate through graduation rates, transfers to great universities, and students accepting career opportunities in many fast-growing industries. He wants to make sure that all students have the academic and student services support to succeed.
“First, I share and support the Mission and goals for our schools and students proposed by out parent organization, EQuest Education Group, which are the following: MISSION — Bringing the best educational experience to students and training you to be ready to step into the industrial revolution 4.0 as a global citizen; Provide a world-class education at an affordable cost; Contribute to change Vietnam to become a bilingual country; Help future leaders attend the world’s top schools.
EQuest also supports high schools nationwide according to 3 models: bilingual training; focus on physical development and comprehensive capacity; liberal education. So, for me a liberal education based on a core curriculum that is similar to classic courses taken by most students around the world provides a common knowledge and understanding of the world that makes our students prepared for success in our global society” He said