On October 18, 2016, the Prime Minister issued Decision No. 1982/QD-TTg on the approval of the Vietnamese Qualifications Framework (VQF). Accordingly, the problem for higher education institutions is to adjust and update the program how to train their learning outcomes of learners meets the output standards defined in the National Framework of Vietnam as well as meets the requirements of businesses or employers not only in Vietnam but also in ASEAN countries and in the world.
To share knowledge, experience, difficulties and challenges in improving the university training program, helping learners to find jobs as well as adapting to the work after graduation, Nha Trang University (NTU), Institute of Science and Technology Innovation (ISAT), and Arizona State University (ASU) has jointly organized an international workshop on the Vietnamese National Qualification Framework and Curriculum Development in Higher Education at NTU on June 2 2017. About 200 lecturers, education and business administrators from 54 HEIs and SMEs participated in the workshop.
International Workshop on Vietnamese National Framework and Curriculum Development in Higher Education at Nha Trang University (NTU) on June 2 2017
In the frame of HAPIE project sponsored by British Council, HAPIE partners published two papers in the Proceedings of this important Workshop.
Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Van Duy and Ms. Do Thuy Trinh at Nha Trang University (NTU) participating in the workshop
1) ASSESSING AWARENESS AND ATTITUDE OF THE LEARNERS AND TEACHERS ABOUT STUDENTS’ EMPLOYABILITY IN NHA TRANG CITY TO SUPPORT HIGH-QUALITY HUMAN RESOURCE TRAINING TOWARDS INTERNATIONAL STANDARDIZATION
by Do Thuy Trinh1*, Le Chi Hieu2, Mai Anh Tuan3, Le Bao Trung4, Tran Duc Tang5, and Nguyen Van Duy1,
1Nha Trang University, No. 2 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Str., Nha Trang – Vietnam
2University of Greenwich, Park Row London SE 109LS, UK
3Hanoi University of Science and Technology, No. 1, Dai Co Viet Road, Hanoi -Vietnam
4Thuyloi University, No. 175 Tay Son, Hanoi -Vietnam
5Le Quy Don University, 236 Hoang Quoc Viet Road, Hanoi -Vietnam
According to the official statistics, over 225,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students are unemployed in 2016, a double increase compared to 2010, are alarming figures of learners’ employability in Vietnam. Within the scope of HAPIE project (www.vuheie.org) between Vietnam and United Kingdom, this research aimed to assess the awareness and attitudes of learners and teachers in enhancing the quality of human resource training in Vietnam towards international standardization. We surveyed 503 opinions of lecturers, pupils and students in Nha Trang city about ability to find a job after graduation. The result showed that 43.8% of pupils and students chose experience before graduation which is the most important factor when applying for a job, while the most prioritized factor is ‘suitable speciality’ when chosing a certain job in companies (36.2%). However, 52.4% of those are willing to choose another works which are not relevant with their major if not finding the right specialized job. As regards lecturers, 73.6% said that using appropriate teaching methods can enhance students’ employability. Nevertheless, 52.9% of them had no comments about the development of new syllabus, especially the programs related to the Innovation and Entrepreneurship (73.6%). This indicated that such contents are rather limited at university. From this point, this research proposes policy solution to improve students’ employability that contributed to high-quality human resource training in Vietnam towards international standardization.
Key words: attitude, awareness, employability, high-quality human resources
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2) ENHANCEMENT OF HIGH QUALITY HUMAN RESOURCE IN VIETNAM THROUGH UNIVERSITY AND ENTERPRISE COLLABORATION
by Tran Hong Thuy1, Le Chi Hieu2, Nguyen Van Duy3, Tran Duc Tang4, Le Bao Trung5 and Mai Anh Tuan1
1Hanoi University of Science and Technology, No. 1, Dai Co Viet Road, Hanoi -Vietnam
2University of Greenwich, Park Row London SE 109LS, The United Kingdom
3Nha Trang University, No. 2 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Str., Nha Trang – Vietnam
4Le Quy Don University, 236 Hoang Quoc Viet Road, Hanoi -Vietnam
5Thuyloi University, No. 175 Tay Son, Hanoi -Vietnam
According to recent analysis, in Vietnam, more than 220 thousand students could not find a decent work after their graduation in 2016. One of the reasons for the above-mentioned fact is that the essential skills that a student holds do not meet the requirements of the company in terms of research, development as well as business activities. In higher education, the employability is a sustainable and meaningful topic that attracts attention of many research centres and universities. Enhancement of the student’s employability has become a key and important factor in the development of a university because it is one of a must-have evaluation categories of the society about ranking a university. Collaboration between enterprises and research groups in universities will contribute to improve the skills of the students in research, manufacturing and, in turn, enhance their employability after the graduation.
Keywords: Decent work, university-enterprise collaboration, employability
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Trang Si Trung, Rector of Nha Trang University
Dr. Kathy Wigal, Associate Director of Curricular Innovation, BUILD-IT Project Director
Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Director, SEAMEO RIHED, Thailand
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