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Update: March, 27/2014 - 09:31
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HCM CITY (VNS) — Partnerships between education, industry and government to innovate and build capacity in engineering and technology teaching and research, were under discussion at the second Viet Nam Engineering Education Conference, which opened on March 25 in HCM City.

The two-day annual event was themed Transformative Change: Educating Engineers to Innovate the Future of Viet Nam and brought together experts and government officials from around the world.

On the agenda are discussions on solutions to challenges in engineering and technical education programmes in Viet Nam.

Development of cap-stone design courses, establishment of undergraduate teaching assistant prog-rammes and ways to inspire and engage the next generation of engineers were also being discussed.

"With a total population of 90 million in Viet Nam, more than 24 million people are currently studying, from early childhood education through to higher education. It is a huge challenge for the country to provide access to education for all and ensure the quality of education," said Bui Van Ga, Deputy Minister of Education and Training.

He said the Ministry of Education and Training was implementing a series of measures to improve the quality of education, with a focus on innovating training mechanisms, expanding university networks and promoting international integration.

The conference was organised by the HCM City University of Technology in collaboration with Arizona State University under the framework of US-supported Higher Engineering Education Alliance Programme (HEEAP).

HEEAP have been the architects of spectacular change in the quality of higher engineering education in Vietnamese universities, though helping create partnerships and links between universities and industries, the deputy minister added.

A total of 178 professors have returned to Viet Nam after training in the United States under HEEAP, said US Consul General Rena Bitter.

"They are all implementing changes in the curriculum, designing new courses, and revamping laboratories based on what they learned on this programme."

"By 2018, the prog-ramme will have reached 80 per cent of the electrical and mechanical engineering undergraduates in Viet Nam," she said.

HEEAP was established in 2010 through a partnership of USAID, Intel Corporation and Arizona State University's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. — VNS

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