HCM CITY (VNS)— Over 1,000 leaders of higher education, business and government gathered in Miami Beach from 29 April to 1 May for the 2014 Going Global education conference organised by the British Council, with the theme: Inclusion, Innovation and Impact.
Professor Dr Bui Van Ga, Deputy Minister of Education and Training, chaired a breakfast session focused on higher education partnerships in Viet Nam, and joined Brazilian and Turkish education leaders to talk about the role of internationalisation in the world's fastest growing economies.
The ‘Viet Nam-UK: Partnership for Mutual Development' breakfast session on Thursday welcomed 40 vice-chancellors from leading higher education institutions and organisations.
Participants were introduced to unique and innovative partnerships with employers and researchers that have been enabling the UK and Viet Nam to develop and grow steadily, offering postgraduate qualifications and sponsorship from industry. This model will be used to establish a Viet Nam-UK research led international university led by Aston University in the UK and the University of Da Nang, with strong support from the British Council.
The Viet Nam – UK Institute for Research and Executive Education has already been founded, laying the foundations for the future Viet Nam – UK University.
Professor Tran Ngoc Ca, head of the US-based Science and Technology Office, talked about 10 areas of priority within Viet Nam's strategy for science and technology development until 2020.
He also shared his expertise in developing public - private - community partnerships to facilitate innovation in science and technology and forming collaborations with US partners in key areas such as biotechnology and agriculture and stem cell research.
Ga joined the president of the Education Council of Turkey and the president of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of Brazil to discuss the role of internationalisation in emerging economies.
The Vietnamese delegation also held a bilateral meeting with Sir Martin Davidson, chief executive of the British Council, and Martin Williams, director of higher education at the Department of Business, Skills and Innovation. During their meeting, Ga highlighted the areas that the UK and the British Council could provide support.
The Newton Fund, the latest initiative by the British government to provide nearly 400 million pounds to support innovation in 15 focus countries which include Viet Nam, will also be discussed. — VNS