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A+ World Academy Teaches Students How to Become Global Leaders

A+ World Academy Teaches Students How to Become Global Leaders

As economies and businesses become more global, learning the skills to become a global leader is important for a student's future.

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NEW YORK, April 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As the world becomes more interconnected due to advances in technology, teaching students the skills needed to become global leaders is more important than ever. A+ World Academy, an international boarding school located aboard the 93-year-old Norwegian Tall Ship, Sorlandet, offers students a unique educational program that positions them to be global citizens and leaders for the 21st century.

A+ World Academy's educational program places the international perspective as primary importance. Students live and study in an international setting and gain the knowledge and experience of multiple perspectives, beliefs, ideas, and ways of understanding as they travel the world with students from various countries.

"Our students are learning to become global leaders through global experiences," said Dr. Kevin E. Kessler, head of A+ World Academy. "Students learn the meaning of grit, perseverance, and resilience on a practical level, which helps students develop integrity to accept difficult challenges, the ability to learn through failures, the strength to never give up, and how to accomplish difficult tasks. These are the types of soft skills that are desperately needed in today's career market."

Dr. Kessler added, "Many students in today's educational system can score high marks throughout their educational career yet lack the skills of leadership, collaboration, time-management, prioritizing tasks, or how to apply knowledge to a new situation."

A+ World Academy students are pushed to their limits intellectually, socially, physically, and culturally while learning to be proactive problem solvers and gaining practical experience and a global perspective. In addition to their coursework, students address real issues such as monitoring water consumption from a shared source, recycling's impact on the environment, and living in a socially conscious way to dramatically reduce pollution.

Graduates understand themselves as individuals and as a part of a larger collective as represented in one of their most essential philosophies of Ship, Shipmate, Self: recognizing what the needs of the system are and placing the needs of their teammates before themselves. As a result, graduates are inclusive, respectful, and responsible for how they interact with other cultures and societies. They are aware of global issues and understand their roles in them. They act with integrity and fluency across cultures and perspectives and are committed to the betterment of society and the world.

"The biggest lessons you (a student) will learn can be summed up in one word 'seamanship,'" said Nicholas N., A+ World Academy alumni. "It's not only about being a skillful sailor but encompasses much more. Seamanship encompasses selflessness, bravery, courage, and community. To be a part of A+ World Academy means to be a global citizen. When an individual succeeds at combining both global citizenship and the lessons of seamanship, it's not hard to see that an individual can make a difference in the world."

For more information about the opportunities for students and the education provided, visit

About A+ World Academy

A+ World Academy is an international boarding school located aboard the 93-year-old Norwegian Tall Ship, Sorlandet. The Sorlandet is not only the first ship in the world to welcome women to co-ed maritime education, but she was also the first sail ship to offer advanced placement courses, and the first Nordic training vessel to complete a circumnavigation in 2017. Sorlandet is a living legacy and a historic leader at the forefront of education. For more information, visit


Dr. Kevin E. Kessler, Head of School


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