Tác giả :
The new agreement was signed on December 11st 2012 in Ho Chi Minh City. It was based on the unanimity between Arizona State University of the U.S and the five leading schools in engineering education of Vietnam.

The Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) brings together government, academia, and industry to modernize Vietnamese public higher education in engineering and improve labor’s quality.

The new agreement for the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP 2.0) was established based on the Board of Commitment between Arizona State University (ASU) of the U.S, the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam and the Intel Products Company in Vietnam, which was signed in December 16th 2011. The top five Vietnamese schools in engineering education include Can Tho University, Da Nang University of Technology, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education, Ho Chi Minh City  Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Hanoi University of Science and Technology.

HEEAP was set up with a pack of essential regulations guiding the schools to act like links in the chain, which is expected to be the backbone of a modern educational system following the HEEAP model.

Within the framework of HEEAP 1.0, our school managing board attended three workshops for leaders from 2010 to 2012. The purpose of these workshops was to find out new ways which could help improving universities’ executive ability and educational quality, especially in technical education. Besides, our school also sent 15 technology-major lecturers to a six-week training course at Arizona State University; it brought information about how to activate learners, how to evaluate disciplines, soft skills, executive methods and English for communication.

After these workshops and courses, our lecturers started rebuilding the manuals to follow the ABET standard (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) - a standard for evaluating technical education programs, which mainly occurs in the US but also internationally. It integrates active teaching methods and soft skills education for students. “Introduction to Technology” is a new subject which would be applied to the first-year students like career direction. Furthermore, the lecturers also opened workshops about new teaching methods and training instructors. These activities were all assessed by ASU.

After the launch, our school managing board highly appreciated the result of this program. It positively shapedthe lecturers’ attitude about the necessity of changes in teaching and learning, soft skills training, evaluation standards and university management. Therefore, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education had desire to go further with the second stage. We determined to create considerable variations for a stable development in future.

The second stage of HEEAP is going to be applied in coming 5 years by the Ministry of Education and Training, the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, Intel Products Company, USAID and other corporate patrons. This stage includes six programs about: Leaders Training, Lecturers and Instructors Training, Distance Education Developing, Laboratorial Facility Upgrading, Diversity Strengthening and English Retraining.

Many lecturers will be sent to ASU for one more training course, and there are also annual ones being held in Vietnam from now on with about 50 lecturers each time. Programs for leaders will help the school’s managing board set an appropriate strategic plan ensuring the outcome quality.

Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education’s leaders believe this project is proper for Vietnam’s demand of an innovation in higher education. Engineering education would have many positive changes, so that can provide a better human resource comprising those who are able to work in international environments. Moreover, the project’s achievements would be transferred and applied to other universities, colleges and vocational schools.

Related universities’ leaders completely accede to ASU’s evaluation standards. The new agreement does not only bring us a potential way to obtain new achievements in engineering education but also facilitates a strong relationship in the future.
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