University Spotlight: The Benefits of Studying in Melbourne, Australia – Part 2

Footprints International School is pleased to continue our exploration of exceptional universities in Melbourne, Australia. In this instalment, we will showcase three outstanding institutions that offer a diverse range of programmes and opportunities for students.

Victoria University Melbourne Australia (VC)

Victoria University stands out as a premier choice for students seeking a transformative educational experience. With its award-winning VU Block Model (where students complete one subject ‘block’ at a time, then move to the next), VC offers a unique approach that enhances focus, provides comprehensive support, and has proven success in student outcomes. As Australia’s top university for Employability Skills in 2020 and 2021, VC’s commitment to preparing students for the workforce is unmatched. Furthermore, VC’s impressive ranking in the top 3% of universities worldwide solidifies its reputation as an institution of exceptional academic quality. 

Whether pursuing higher education, TAFE courses, or bridging pathways, VC offers a diverse range of programmes tailored to individual needs. With over 4,000 industry connections, students benefit from extensive networks and real-world experiences, ensuring strong career outcomes upon graduation. Additionally, VC’s dedication to innovation is evident through its ground-breaking research, which has both local and global impact. With these compelling features, Victoria University Melbourne Australia remains at the forefront of delivering excellence in education, preparing students for success in the rapidly evolving global landscape.

Swinburne University of Technology:

Swinburne University of Technology is a renowned institution offering a diverse range of programmes across various disciplines. With its main campus only 10 minutes away from the centre of Melbourne, Swinburne provides a convenient and vibrant learning environment. The university boasts impressive rankings, including being ranked in the top 1% globally according to the 2023 QS World University Rankings. Swinburne’s commitment to excellence is further highlighted by its top rankings in civil engineering, computer science, and law, as well as its accreditation by AACSB, a prestigious business school accreditation. With a student population of 59,000, including a significant international cohort, Swinburne embraces diversity and global perspectives. 

The university offers programmes through its schools and departments, covering disciplines such as business, law, social sciences, media, film, education, design, architecture, health sciences, engineering, science, computing, and more. Swinburne takes pride in its unique learning structure, innovative content, and outcome-based learning approach, ensuring that graduates are well-prepared for the workforce. The university emphasises industry co-creation, small class sizes, and work-integrated learning experiences to foster practical skills and industry connections. Additionally, Swinburne provides flexible study options, including pathway programmes for students to progress from foundation studies or diploma programmes to bachelor’s degrees. Swinburne also offers scholarships, such as the Swinburne Undergraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship and the Swinburne Postgraduate STEM Scholarship, to support and recognise exceptional students. With its commitment to academic excellence, industry relevance, and student success, Swinburne University of Technology remains a leading institution in Australia and globally.

Deakin University:

Deakin University stands out as a premier institution, offering a unique and innovative approach to education. With four campuses and a cutting-edge online learning platform, Deakin provides a wide range of programmes and world-class facilities for its diverse community of over 60,000 students. The university is globally recognised, ranking in the top 1% worldwide, and excelling in areas such as Accounting and Finance, Education, Computer Science and Engineering, and Nursing. 

What sets Deakin apart is its emphasis on real-world learning, industry-led course design, and experiential opportunities embedded in the curriculum. Students benefit from a supportive environment, with strong student support services and a vibrant campus life, including over 150 clubs and societies. Deakin is renowned for its award-winning career services, ensuring that graduates are prepared for success in their chosen fields. Whether studying on campus or online, students at Deakin receive an exceptional educational experience that fosters personal growth, critical thinking, and practical skills to thrive in their future careers.

Studying at one of these esteemed Melbourne universities not only provides access to world-class education but also offers a unique cultural experience and a supportive community of like-minded individuals. As Footprints International School continues to foster partnerships with leading institutions, we are excited to present students with opportunities that will shape their futures and open doors to endless possibilities.

Stay tuned for the next instalment in our University Spotlight series, where we will explore further educational pathways in Melbourne, Australia.

ACS WASC Reaccreditation

Esteemed Footprints Community, we are delighted to share this wonderful message from the Footprints School Director, Mr André Struve, regarding our ACS WASC reaccreditation [Khmer text can be found below]

ក្រុមគ្រួសារហ៊្វូតព្រីនជាទីគោរព យើងខ្ញុំរីករាយក្នុងការចែករំលែកសារដ៏មានអត្ថន័យរបស់លោក André Struve នាយកសាលាហ៊្វូតព្រីនអន្តរជាតិ ទាក់ទងនឹងការទទួលស្គាល់ឡើងវិញរបស់យើងខ្ញុំ ពីសមាគម ACS WASC [អត្ថបទជាភាសាខ្មែរនៅខាងក្រោម]

“Dear Footprints International School Community,

I am thrilled to announce that our school has been successfully reaccredited with the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) for the next six years until June 30th, 2029. This is a significant achievement that reflects the hard work, dedication, and commitment of our entire school community.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the teachers, staff, students, parents, and other stakeholders who contributed to the successful reaccreditation process. The accreditation 12 months of self-study, preparation for the accreditation visit, and the visit in November 2022 itself were all significant efforts that required a great deal of time, energy, and resources. Your dedication, hard work, and commitment to excellence have paid off, and we have been recognised for our high standards and quality education.

The six-year reaccreditation is a significant milestone for Footprints International School. It is a testament to our school’s ongoing commitment to providing high-quality care and education to our students. It means that we have met and exceeded rigorous standards for educational excellence, and we will continue to strive for excellence in all aspects of our school programmes, operations, and practices.

While in my video message published about 2 months ago, I explained the most important school improvement plans manifested in our Schoolwide Action Plan, I would like to take this opportunity to point out some of the many strengths of our school and the community mentioned by the ACS WASC visiting committee in its accreditation visit report about the school:


  1. The school has established a challenging academic curriculum based on the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) and Cambridge (CAIE) academic standards.
  2. The school community has developed Schoolwide Learner Outcomes aligned with the Cambridge International Examination standards that are connected to the school mission which aspires to develop global competencies in students.
  3. The board and school leadership have developed thorough long-term plans to further the school mission into the future.
  4. The administration, instructional and support staff maintain a safe, nurturing educational environment for students that is conducive to learning and provides support for personal and academic success.
  5. The FIS staff, from its Board of Governors, Leadership Team to its support staff, is passionate about engaging students in activities that promote their personal and academic growth.
  6. FIS has linked with CARE, a service provider that provides support for students with special education needs (SEN).
  7. Footprints International School has employed a well-defined child protection policy that is reflective of international standards.
  8. The collaborative staff at FIS facilitates the implementation of innovative instructional practices benefitting the learning environment.
  9. The school established a staffed community engagement department and a mission to institute a greater incidence of community-engaged learning.
  10. The school has made significant developments in how it communicates with the community.


For families, the value of the six-year accreditation is immeasurable. It provides assurance that their children are receiving a high-quality education that meets rigorous standards for academic achievement, social-emotional development, and character education. It also means that our school has a clear plan for continuous improvement, and we are committed to providing the best possible education to our students.

Once again, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the successful reaccreditation process. You should all be proud to be part of the Footprints International School community.

Let’s continue working together to provide the best possible care and education to our students and families.


Kind regards,

André Struve”






ខ្ញុំបាទរីករាយក្នុងការជម្រាបជូនថា សាលារបស់យើងបានទទួលជោគជ័យ ក្នុងការទទួលស្គាល់ឡើង
វិញដោយសមាគម ACS WASC សម្រាប់រយៈពេល ៦ឆ្នាំ គឺរហូតដល់ថ្ងៃទី៣០ ខែមិថុនា ឆ្នាំ២០២៩។ នេះគឺជាភាពជោគជ័យដ៏សំខាន់មួយ ដែលបញ្ជាក់ពីកិច្ចខិតខំប្រឹងប្រែង ការលះបង់ និង ការប្តេជ្ញាចិត្តនៃ


ខ្ញុំបាទសូមថ្លែងអំណរគុណយ៉ាងជ្រាលជ្រៅចំពោះលោកគ្រូអ្នកគ្រូ បុគ្គលិក សិស្សានុសិស្ស មាតាបិតា
សិស្ស និងក្រុមគ្រួសារហ៊្វូតព្រីនទាំងអស់​ ដែលបានចូលរួមចំណែកនៅក្នុងដំណើរនៃការទទួលស្គាល់ឡើងវិញ
រហូតបានទទួលជោគជ័យ។ ការធ្វើស្វ័យសិក្សារយៈពេល១២ខែ ការរៀបចំសម្រាប់ការធ្វើអធិការកិច្ច និងការធ្វើ
អធិការកិច្ចនៅក្នុង ខែវិច្ឆិកា ឆ្នាំ២០២២ គឺជាកិច្ចខិតខំប្រឹងប្រែងយ៉ាងខ្លាំង ដែលទាមទារឱ្យមានការលះបង់
ពេលវេលា ថាមពល និងធនធានជាច្រើន។ ការលះបង់ កិច្ចខិតខំប្រឹង ប្រែង និងការបេ្តជ្ញាចិត្តដើម្បីទទួលបាន
ឧត្តមភាពរបស់លោកអ្នកគឺពិតជា ទទួល បានលទ្ធផលដ៏គួរជាទីគាប់ចិត្ត ហើយយើងត្រូវបានទទួលស្គាល់លើ ស្តង់ដា និងគុណភាពអប់រំដ៏ល្អរបស់យើង។ 


ការទទួលស្គាល់ឡើងវិញសម្រាប់រយៈពេល៦ឆ្នាំ គឺជាចំណុចដ៏សំខាន់មួយ សម្រាប់សាលាហ៊្វូតព្រីន
អន្តរជាតិ។ នេះគឺជាសក្ខីភាពដែលបញ្ជាក់ពីកិច្ចបន្ត ខិតខំប្រឹងប្រែងរបស់សាលា ក្នុងការផ្តល់ការថែទាំ និងការ
អប់រំដែលមានគុណភាពខ្ពស់ដល់សិស្សានុសិស្សរបស់យើង។ ការទទួលស្គាល់នេះមាន ន័យថាយើងខ្ញុំធ្វើបាន
ទៅតាម និងលើសពីស្តង់ដានៃការអប់រំដ៏ល្អបំផុតហើយយើងខ្ញុំនឹងបន្តខិតខំប្រឹងប្រែងដើម្បីទទួលបានភាព
ល្អប្រសើរនៅគ្រប់ចំណុចទាំងអស់លើកម្មវិធីសិក្សា ផ្នែកប្រតិបត្តិការ និងការអនុវត្តរបស់សាលា។ 


នៅក្នុងសារជាវីដេអូរបស់ខ្ញុំដែលបានផ្ញើជូនលោកអ្នកកាលពី២ខែមុន ខ្ញុំបានពន្យល់អំពីផែនការ
អភិវឌ្ឍសំខាន់ៗរបស់សាលា ដែលមាននៅក្នុង ផែនការសកម្មភាពរបស់សាលា ហើយក្នុងពេលនេះខ្ញុំបាទសូម
ឆ្លៀតឱកាស ក្នុងការបង្ហាញពីភាពខ្លាំងមួយចំនួនរបស់សាលា និងសហគមន៍របស់សាលា ដែលបានបញ្ជាក់
ដោយក្រុមប្រឹក្សាអធិការកិច្ចរបស់សមាគម ACS WASC នៅក្នុងរបាយការណ៍ចុះអង្កេតដើម្បីទទួលបានការ
ទទួលស្គាល់ឡើង វិញអំពីសាលា៖


១. សាលាបានបង្កើតកម្មវិធីសិក្សាដែលពោរពេញដោយភាពប្រកួតប្រជែង ដោយផ្អែកលើកម្មវិធីសិក្សាអន្តរជាតិ
សម្រាប់កុមារតូច (IEYC) និងស្តង់ដាអប់រំរបស់ខេមប្រ៊ីជ (CAIE)។ 

២. សហគមន៍របស់សាលាបានបង្កើតលទ្ធផលសិក្សារំពឹងទុករបស់សិស្ស ស្របទៅតាមស្តង់ដានៃការប្រឡង
អន្តរជាតិខេមប្រ៊ីជ ដោយផ្សារភ្ជាប់ ជាមួយបេសកកម្មរបស់សាលា ដែលផ្តោតលើការអភិវឌ្ឍសក្តានុពលជា សាកលដល់សិស្សានុសិស្ស។ 

៣. ឧត្តមក្រុមប្រឹក្សាភិបាល និងគណៈគ្រប់គ្រងសាលាបានបង្កើតផែនការ រយៈពេលវែងដ៏ល្អិតល្អន់ ដើម្បីធ្វើឱ្យ

៤. បុគ្គលិករដ្ឋបាល បុគ្គលិកបង្រៀន និងបុគ្គលិកគាំពាររក្សាបាននូវបរិយា កាសសិក្សាដែលមានសុវត្ថិភាព
សម្រាប់សិស្ស សមស្របទៅនឹងការសិក្សា និងផ្តល់ការគាំទ្រដល់ភាពជោគជ័យផ្ទាល់ខ្លួន និងភាពជោគជ័យ

៥. បុគ្គលិករបស់សាលាហ៊្វូតព្រីនអន្តរជាតិ ពីឧត្តមក្រុមប្រឹក្សាភិបាល គណៈគ្រប់គ្រង រហូតដល់បុគ្គលិកគាំពារ គឺពេញចិត្តក្នុងការធ្វើឱ្យសិស្សចូលរួមក្នុង សកម្មភាពដែលលើកកម្ពស់ដល់ការរីកចម្រើនផ្ទាល់ខ្លួន និងក្នុងការ

៦.​ សាលាហ៊្វូតព្រីនអន្តរជាតិបានភ្ជាប់ទំនាក់ទំនងជាមួយឃែរ(CARE) ដែល ជាមជ្ឈមណ្ឌលផ្តល់សេវាកម្ម

៧. សាលាហ៊្វូតព្រីនអន្តរជាតិ បានគោរពតាមគោលការណ៍នៃការការពារ សិទ្ធិកុមារ ដែលបានកំណត់យ៉ាង
ច្បាស់លាស់ ហើយស្របទៅតាមស្តង់ដា អន្តរជាតិ។ 

៨. បុគ្គលិកហ៊្វូតព្រីនចូលរួមសហការក្នុងការអនុវត្តវិធីសាស្ត្របង្រៀនដែល ប្រកបដោយភាពច្នៃប្រឌិត ដើម្បីផ្តល់ជាប្រយោជន៍ដល់បរិយាកាសសិក្សា។ 

៩. សាលារៀនបានបង្កើតដេប៉ាតឺម៉ង់ទំនាក់ទំនងសហគមន៍សាលា និង បេសកកម្មក្នុង ការបង្កើតឱ្យមានការ
សិក្សាដែលផ្សារភ្ជាប់ទៅនឹងសហគមន៍ឱ្យកាន់តែច្រើន ឡើង។ 

១០. សាលាបានអភិវឌ្ឍវិធីសាស្រ្តក្នុងការទំនាក់ទំនងជាមួយសហគមន៍របស់ខ្លួនគួរឱ្យកត់សម្គាល់។ 


សម្រាប់ក្រុមគ្រួសារទាំងអស់ គុណតម្លៃនៃការទទួលស្គាល់ឡើងវិញរយៈ ពេល៦ឆ្នាំនេះគឺមិនអាចកាត់
ថ្លៃបានឡើយ។ ការទទួលស្គាល់នេះ ផ្តល់នូវ ការធានាថាបុត្រធីតារបស់លោកអ្នកគឺទទួលបានការអប់រំដែល
មានគុណភាពខ្ពស់ ដែលស្របទៅតាមស្តង់ដាសម្រាប់ភាពជោគជ័យលើការសិក្សា ការអភិវឌ្ឍទំនាក់ទំនង
សង្គម ផ្នែកសតិអារម្មណ៍ និងការអប់រំលើឥរិយាបថ។ ការទទួលស្គាល់នេះក៏មានន័យថា សាលារបស់យើងមាន
ផែនការច្បាស់លាស់សម្រាប់ការបន្តអភិវឌ្ឍ ហើយយើងប្តេជ្ញាក្នុងការផ្តល់ការអប់រំដ៏ល្អបំផុតតាមដែលអាចធ្វើ


ជាចុងក្រោយ ខ្ញុំបាទសូមថ្លែងអំណរគុណជាថ្មីម្តងទៀតដល់អ្នកទាំងអស់ គ្នាដែលបានចូលរួមចំណែក
នៅក្នុងដំណើរការទទួលស្គាល់ឡើងវិញដ៏ជោគ ជ័យនេះ។ អ្នកទាំងអស់គ្នាគួរមានមោទនភាពដែលលោកអ្នក
គឺជា ផ្នែកមួយនៃសហគមន៍សាលាហ៊្វូតព្រីនអន្តរជាតិ។ សូមបន្តចូលរួមសហការក្នុងការផ្តល់ការថែទាំ និងការអប់រំដែលល្អបំផុតតាម ដែលអាចធ្វើទៅបានទៅកាន់សិស្សានុសិស្ស និងក្រុមគ្រួសារសិស្សរបស់យើង។


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University Spotlight: The Benefits of Studying in Melbourne, Australia – Part 1

Footprints International School has recently established connections with several esteemed universities in Australia. In this  instalment of our series, we will explore some of the advantages of studying in Melbourne, while highlighting three exceptional universities located in the city. 

Melbourne, the vibrant capital city of the state of Victoria, is renowned as a premier study destination for international students. Boasting a world-class education system, diverse cultural experiences, and a thriving student community, Melbourne offers a wealth of benefits to those pursuing their academic goals. Here are some of the key advantages of studying in this dynamic Australian city:

Prestigious Universities: Melbourne is home to several prestigious universities consistently ranked among the top institutions globally. These include the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and RMIT University, known for their academic excellence, research opportunities, and industry connections. Students benefit from learning from leading academics and professionals in their chosen fields, ensuring a high-quality education.

Wide Range of Programmes: Melbourne’s universities offer an extensive range of programmes across various disciplines, catering to diverse interests and career aspirations. Whether you’re interested in business, arts and humanities, engineering, or health sciences, you’ll find a comprehensive selection of courses and majors to choose from, allowing you to tailor your education to your individual interests and goals.

Research Opportunities: Melbourne is a hub for groundbreaking research and innovation. With its strong emphasis on research across various fields, the city provides ample opportunities for students to engage in cutting-edge research projects, collaborate with renowned scholars, and contribute to advancements in their respective fields. The city’s universities foster a culture of inquiry and provide state-of-the-art facilities and resources for research endeavours.

Beginning with the first three recommended universities in our series, these institutions have been carefully selected based on their exceptional offerings and opportunities, making them ideal choices for our esteemed Footprints graduates.

University of Melbourne:

The University of Melbourne is a leading institution known for its world-class education and research facilities. It offers a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across various fields, including arts, sciences, business, and engineering. The university is committed to fostering intellectual curiosity and critical thinking among its students. With a strong focus on innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration, the University of Melbourne prepares students for successful careers in their chosen fields.

Monash University:

Monash University is another prominent institution that prides itself on its reputation for excellence in education and research. Known for its global outlook and cutting-edge research, Monash University offers a wide range of programmes across disciplines such as medicine, law, engineering, and humanities. It focuses on providing practical experiences and developing leadership skills.

Monash University emphasises the importance of real-world experience, providing numerous opportunities for students to engage in industry placements, internships, and research projects. With state-of-the-art facilities and a supportive learning environment, Monash University equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary for future success.

RMIT University:

RMIT University is a dynamic institution known for its industry-focused programmes and practical approach to education. It offers a diverse range of disciplines, including design, business, engineering, technology, and media. RMIT University places a strong emphasis on hands-on learning, enabling students to gain valuable industry experience and develop practical skills. The university maintains strong partnerships with industry leaders, providing students with networking opportunities and potential career pathways.

Footprints Builds Connections with Prestigious Australian Universities

Footprints is excited to announce that the school was the only educational institution from Cambodia to participate in a University familiarisation tour in Australia, organised and financed by Austrade and ASEAN during the Khmer New Year holiday 2023. Our representative visited the cities of Melbourne, Hobart, and Perth, exploring the many prestigious and well-established universities available.

Australia is an excellent study destination, known for providing outstanding education and a high quality of life. We will be sharing more news about individual universities and their unique value propositions in the coming weeks. We believe that these universities will be ideal destinations for many of our graduates, and we look forward to assisting our students in their applications.

At Footprints International School, we are committed to providing our students with opportunities to achieve academic excellence and pursue their aspirations. Our connections with Australian universities are a testament to this commitment, and we are confident that these connections will benefit our school and our students for years to come.


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