26 January, 2024

Guiding students to best-fit futures: A glimpse into university guidance at BIS Hanoi

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We aim to collaborate as a community to guide students toward their best-fit futures, ensuring success as global citizens in an ever-changing world.

I am delighted to share more with you about the University Guidance Counselling (UGC) department's initiatives for students at BIS Hanoi. 

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Maintaining our current university network

We are committed to continuing the successes from previous years and developing the UGC department further over the coming year. This term, we have been actively cultivating university relationships formed in previous years, as well as building new ones. This is essential to ensure that this year's applications are supported by a network familiar with both our students' potential and their aspirations. 

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Expanding our network of universities

This term, we have engaged with over 55 universities here on school campus, over 180 universities at the CIS-EARCOS Conference 2023, and a further 250 universities at the Hanoi University Fair 2023. This reflects our commitment to variety; we want our students to be exposed to a diverse range of possibilities and have the opportunity to explore many geographical and institutional options. Our goal is to present a range of options to ensure that each student finds their best-fit future.

Looking forward

At the heart of the UGC department is our dynamic range of services and resources. From one-to-one counselling sessions that dive deep into individual aspirations, to our collaboration with the Cialfo university guidance platform, we are dedicated to sculpting post-BIS Hanoi journeys that resonate with each student's unique potential. 

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Connecting with our school community

Parent-Connect sessions are the backbone of our collaborative engagement, and have already proven to be impactful. We have held three sessions in this academic year to foster open communication between parents, students, and the UGC department. This collaborative approach creates a holistic support system, which is essential for a student’s successful next step.

Future considerations

Challenging the conventional narrative, our one-on-one approach goes beyond rankings. It delves into the unique strengths and aspirations of each student, ensuring a tailored journey that considers individual potential, rather than conforming to conventional metrics. This includes delving into the 4Ss: Study; Stay; Social; Safe, to ensure the best-fit future for our students.

Joe McKinney

University Guidance Counsellor