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25. Oktober 2019

The full rigger Sørlandets international school is accredited

A + World Academy, will be accredited from December 1st. This is a guarantee that the school meets the requirements of the accrediting agency MSA-CESS. The value of this for students when applying to universities in other countries is important.

To be accredited, the school must regularly undergo thorough evaluations and inspections. MSA CESS's standards are checked by a team of professionals. Once the school has met these standards, we show that A + World Academy is a school that has top quality in all areas of operation. We show that it is a school that can be trusted to provide youth with the highest quality education. We show that it is a school that looks after the staff and is a great place to work. A + World Academy is a school that understands the requirements for an international and intercultural education and disseminates this in teaching.

"For the Foundation as the owner of the school, this is an important step in the efforts to own, operate and preserve the Tallship Sørlandet," says Knut Arne Gjertsen, CEO of The Sørlandet Foundation. The school is now in its fifth school year and the revenue from the hire of the ship is the most important contribution to the year-round operation of the world's oldest sailing fully rigged tallship.

Intercultural experience and social skills are important elements of the education offered by the school. The accreditation allows for increased interest from international students at the school. "When about 60 students from different parts of the world live, learn and work together on aship for an entire school year, they will have an important experience with them for the rest of their lives," continues Knut Arne Gjertsen.

Sørlandet is now in Cádiz, Spain and will continue to Rome next week. During the school year, they will sail to Cabo Verde, Brazil, the Caribbean, New York, among others. They visit a number of ports and cross the Atlantic and Equator several times on the way and return to Kristiansand on 17 May.