Vietnamese university association established

20, January, 2015

The Association of Vietnamese Universities and Colleges (AVUC) has been established to represent the country’s tertiary institutions, and with the support of Vietnamese agency association VIECA will host the first-ever Vietnam Education and Career Expo and ASEAN Educational Forum in March.

FPT University, one of the Vietnamese universities actively recruiting international students

AVUC was inaugurated in late December and brings together 385 tertiary institutions, representing over two million students. Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Training gave speeches at the inauguration and welcomed the cooperation of AVUC with the ministry in designing and checking higher education policies. The first priority of the association will be to assist the government in quality checking and ranking colleges.

Professor Tran Hong Quan, the former Minister of Education and Training, will chair AVUC, while Hannah Dao, President of VIECA and Secretary General of the Federation of Language and Education Consultant Associations (Felca), has been appointed as the Head of International Relations.

With government support, VIECA and AVUC are hosting the Vietnam Education and Career Expo in Hanoi’s National Convention Centre from March 6-7, and at the Unification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City from March 8-9, with between 500 and 600 universities, colleges and vocational schools and thousands of high school leavers and graduates expected to attend.

Along with the fair, various educational forums will be held focusing on issues between Vietnamese universities and foreign partners, particularly in relation to the ASEAN region, which officially establishes closer integration this year.

The forums will examine issues such as: joint ventures; exchange programmes for students, teachers, lecturers and researchers; qualification recognition; English language programmes and testing; and working permits. Institutions, government officials and the private sector will be involved in the discussions.

In an interview with Study Travel Magazine (STM), Dao said she had been advising the government’s National Education Reform Committee with a series of proposals, many of which are now underway or have been adopted, including: the establishment of AVUC, implementing a quality checking system, introducing a standardised English test for Vietnamese students, joint ventures with international institutions and the involvement of international education experts, including from the agency sector. Masaru Yamada, Chairman of Japanese agency association JAOS, will be among the representatives at the forthcoming forum.

The May 2015 issue of STM will feature a special article on tertiary education in the ASEAN region.


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