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Global collaboration can improve higher education

Update: August, 09/2012 - 10:24

HCM CITY — International collaboration has played an important role in developing higher education in Viet Nam in recent years, education officials say.

Speaking at the "First Forum on International Collaborative Academic Programmes" held in HCM City yesterday, Ngo Van Thuyen, head of Technical Education University's International Relations Office, said such collaboration benefited both students and local institutions.

"While students can access international education at relatively lower prices, Vietnamese institutions gain in terms of improved quality of their academic programmes", he said.

He noted that the higher education sector has witnessed significant numbers of joint-training programmes in recent years.

In 2011 alone, as many as 174 joint academic programmes were officially approved by the Ministry of Education and Training.

These collaborative prog-rammes ranged from completely imported curricula to assessment methods or credit acceptance by both institutions, Thuyen said.

Hoang Cuu Long, a specialist with the University of Economics' International Relations Office, said globalization and international integration have created favorable conditions in higher education for strengthening academic research, learning, knowledge exchange and sharing best teaching practices.

Other experts spoke of the need to ensure that the chances of a successful collaborative academic programme be boosted by ensuring several basic factors, including well-defined values, real demand for training and suitability with existing conditions. —VNS

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