Primary Education Program at UTS standardizes each value into “PRACTICING/TRAINING ACTIVITIES” to help students become responsible citizens. Moreover, the program aims to make each day the students go to class a happy day and to awaken the students’ potentials.
After 5 years, students can form and develop core competencies, including 3 common competencies: self-reliance and self-study (confidence and bravery, exploration and learning, seizing opportunities, overcoming challenges), communication and cooperation competency (mastering knowledge, community responsibility), problem solving ability and creativity (national identity, flexible adaptability); and 7 professional competencies (linguistic competency, calculating competency, competency to learn about natural and social matters, technological competency, ICT competency, aesthetic competency, and physical competency). Moreover, the program strives to discover and foster each student’s individual skills to perfect the portrait of UTS students.
The Middle School period is an important milestone, marking the psychological changes, and physical and mental development of students. Therefore, in addition to the formal teaching and learning program, UTS integrates skills training, increases experiential activities, and helps children have the opportunity to explore the world and find their own strengths. The program aims to build a comprehensive environment which is derived from the life value platform together with the curriculum and teaching methods that are student-centred. Each class helps students discover the beauty of each subject, develop their interest in learning, train their discipline, as well as build their passion and willpower. From there, the students can find their true strengths to start orienting their career and future profession.
With the orientation to build a synchronous educational environment, UTS builds a specialized learning model according to students’ abilities, increases the number of lessons appropriately, supplements intensive curriculum in subjects at which the students are strong at. For high school students, the school enhances collective activities and practical experience activities, and combines theory with practice, thereby helping students become global citizens who possess both knowledge and skills and contribute to the development of society.Specifically:
– Improving the quality of ethics, life skills, and life values: The school attaches special importance to the moral education of students. First of all, the school builds discipline and educates students to live, study and work independently.
– Improving the quality of learning: Towards the goal of training a generation of students who obtain firm skills and knowledge, the school curriculum is designed to make learning a personal responsibility for each student, to help students understand the meaning of knowledge, and to train students to actively learn from different sources in class/at home/from the surrounding environment.
– Attaching career orientation to the academic program: Determining a job to do and a way to live happily not only derives from the college years but also from the hobbies and experiences that students have accumulated from each day at school. Understanding the meaning of this, at high school level, the school has built an oriental study path that helps students have the opportunity to experience reality and find their own direction and career.
SEL PROGRAM – SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING
The Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program is based on UNICEF’s skills groups (UNICEF Life Skills Learning and Teaching: Concepts and Standard – 2010), including:
– Thinking & cognitive skills: including the skills of analyzing, synthesizing information to solve problems and make decisions responsibly.
– Self-management: including the skills to recognize oneself, control emotions, motivate oneself and manage oneself.
– Relationship skills: including communication skills, positive interaction with others, teamwork, effective coordination, empathy, and understanding.
The program is based on Social & Emotional Learning, an approach that is highly appreciated by UNICEF and helps students make progress in academic performance and behaviour. It also enhances the skills groups mentioned above.
21ST CENTURY SKILL SYSTEM 21 (4CS)
The 21st century skill system (4Cs) has been recognized by the world’s advanced educational institutions as needed for each individual to be able to succeed in the 21st century. This system focuses on four important skills which comprise of communication, cooperation, critical thinking and creative thinking and on early career orientation.
– Necessary defense skills in life: protect students from dangers or temptations in the present social environment. These skills enable students to cope with dangers and problems such as natural disasters, physical assaults, violence and bully.
– Skills to accelerate learning process: Enable children to find more effective learning methods, including information gathering, mind map, memorizing and presentation skills.
– Skills necessary for future careers: Supplementary skills that help students to be better prepared for their future careers and jobs, including: career orientation skills, personal finance management skills and basic startup skills.