Starting with key projects within UK Vietnam Higher Education Partnership funded by British Council, VUHEIE has successfully secured over 2 millions GBP of the external funding for R&D and Higher Education activities in the last 5 years (2016-2020), with the active engagements and networking among scientists, researchers and experts from Vietnam, the UK, ASEAN and EU, as well as the fruitful university-business collaborations.

KEY PROJECTS WITHIN UK VIETNAM HIGHER EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP (UK-VN HEP)

1) Title of the project: Transnational Education and Research via the Academic Mobility, Business-University Collaborations and the Joint Postgraduate Programmes in Sustainability, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (TEAM-SIE)

Funding Organisation: British Council

Time: 01/12/2018 – 30/06/2020

Lead Partner: Nha Trang University (NTU)

Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Van Duy Nguyen, Vice Director of Institute of Biotechnology and Environment, NTU, Email: duynv@ntu.edu.vn

Implementing Partner(s) with cash matching fund:

  1. Nha Trang University (NTU)
  2. Long Sinh Co. Ltd. (LS)
  3. University of Greenwich (UoG)
  4. Cardiff University (CU)
  5. Newcastle University (NCL)
  6. University of Birmingham (UB)
  7. Vietnam Japan University (VJU)
  8. BioOne Bio JSC (BO)
  9. Van Phong Investment and Development JSC (VPC)
  10. BIDV South Central Insurance Company (BIC)
  11. Nha Trang Vaccines and Biological Products JSC (BIOPHARCO)
  12. Hoang Gia Real Estate Tourist Joint Stock Company (HGR)
  13. MT Nha Trang Joint Stock Company (MTL)
  14. Southern Consulting and Services Co. Ltd. (SCS)
  15. NTP 24/7 Co. Ltd. (NTP)
  16. Anh Viet Co. Ltd., Vietnam
  17. Khanh Hoa Young Business People JSC (YBC), Vietnam
  18. White Lion Co. Ltd., Vietnam
  19. Innovin Co. Ltd., Vietnam

Partners with in-kind support and/or active participation:

  1. Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL), UK
  2. University of Portsmouth, UK
  3. Halmstad University, Sweden
  4. Me Trang Coffee JSC, Vietnam
  5. GTO Media Corporation, Vietnam

Summary:

Within the scopes of the  UK Vietnam Higher Education Partnership (UK-VN HEP), the TEAMSIE project aims to fruitfully and sustainably strengthen the current UK-VN partnerships in Higher Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (www.vuheie.org), and to create the direct impacts and outcomes for the UK-VN HEP programme, via the academic mobility, business-university collaborations and the joint postgraduate programmes in sustainability, technology management, innovation and entrepreneurship. Specifically, the project has the following 2 objectives (O): (1) Objective O1: To develop and implement the Joint Postgraduate Study Programme in Sustainability, Innovation and Entrepreneurship among the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) from the UK and Vietnam; (2) Objective O2: To develop the fruitful links between the university and business, especially in Vietnam, based on the experiences from HEIs in the UK, via the specific case-studies, research & development (R&D) projects, and the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programmes.

Implemented from Dec 2018 to Jun 2020, the TEAM-SIE project has organised successfully a series of workshops and training courses on Business-University Collaborations in Sustainability, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Vietnam and the UK to enhance the mobility of more than 100 keydecision makers, business managers, research and academic staffs and students. A new Postgraduate study programmes in Technology Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship has been joint developed to train new managers and entrepreneurs to adapt well with social need in Vietnam, Industry 4.0 and global integration. The fruitful links between the university and business have been built up via R&D projects, publications, start-up competition and Advanced Technology Transfer provided significant impacts on the long-term collaboration among partnerships between Vietnam and the UK.

2) Title of the project: Education fit for the future: development of a university-industry-government model to deliver industrial placements in international and transnational education

Funding Organisation: British Council

Time: June 2019 – March 2020

Lead partner: University of Portsmouth (UoP)

Coordinator: Professor Raymond Lee, Professor of Biomechanics and Associate Dean (Global Engagement), Faculty of Technology, UoP, Email: raymond.lee@port.ac.uk

Implementation partner(s) with cash matching fund:

  1. University of Portsmouth (UoP)
  2. Microfabrication Laboratory at Hoa Lac High-Tech Park (MPH), National Center for Technological Progress (NACENTECH), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
  3. Hung Yen University of Technology and Education (UTEHY)
  4. University of Greenwich, UK
  5. Cardiff University, UK
  6. Nha Trang University, Vietnam
  7. Le Quy Don Technical University, Vietnam
  8. Thu Dau Mot University, Vietnam
  9. Hanoi Industrial Textile and Garment University, Vietnam
  10. IFI SOLUTION Co., Ltd, Vietnam
  11. National Hospital for Tropical Diseases (NHTD), Vietnam

Summary:

It is hoped that the project promoted a “step change” in the quality of international industrial placement as well as placement programmes in TNE, which prepared the students as global citizens with skills which are “fit for the future.” Such a step change was supported by “specific, measurable and realistic” outcomes of this project, including the creation of new industrial placement partnerships between the UK and Vietnam. Specifically, the main objectives of the programme are to develop an inspirational and innovative approach to industrial placements using a university-industry-government model, address specific issues in international placements as well as placement programmes in TNE, promote an enabling environment for the delivery of industrial placement, and the capacity and engagement of university/ industry/ government in achieving the common goals, develop good pedagogy which significantly improve global employability skills which are fit for the future, and further continue the long-term, sustainable partnerships between the UK and Vietnam universities through the The UK–Vietnam Higher Education Network.

The project comprised workshops (held in both the UK and Vietnam) in order to achieve the major objectives listed above. The workshops were organised by the collaborating partners. Representatives from industry in the UK and Vietnam, the UK National Health Services local trusts, and professional bodies (engineering councils), and any other relevant stakeholders were invited to speak in the workshops. As a result, the workshops addressed the current challenges of the higher education sector, as identified in the literature review, and contribute significantly to the success of industrial placements in higher education in the UK, Vietnam  and other countries as well as TNE.

The project not only significantly enhanced the employability skills of students as global citizens, but also their learning experience during the process. In particular, the project employed a team-based approach with a university-industry-government model, leading to the design and development of novel and enhanced curriculum. It helped position the UK and Vietnam as leaders in industrial placement partnerships. Moreover, the programme was built on the success of previous collaborations further enhancing the sustainability of the higher education partnerships between the UK and Vietnam. This is our long-term goal which has been mapped to the outcomes of the current and previous projects, applying the theory of change approach.

3) Title of the project: Enhancements of High-Quality Human Resources and Employability for Vietnam in Design and Development of High-value Added Products, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HAPIE)

Funding Organisation: British Council

Time: 20/9/2016-30/06/2017

Lead partner: Hanoi University of Science and Technology

Coordinator: Associate Prof. Dr Anh Tuan Mai, Email:  tuan.maianh@hust.edu.vn

Implementation partner(s) with cash matching fund:

(01) Hanoi University of Science and Technology (Vietnam);

(02) Saigon Hi-Tech Park (Vietnam)

(03) University of Greenwich (UK)

(04) Cardiff University (UK)

(05) London South Bank University (UK)

(06) Newcastle University (UK)

(07) University of Oxford (UK

(08) International University – National University Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

(09) Hung Yen University of Technology and Education (Vietnam)

(10) Le Quy Don Technical University (Vietnam)

(11) Thuy Loi University (Vietnam)

(12) Nha Trang University (Vietnam)

(13) Advanced Industry & Education Equipment (Vietnam, www.aie.com.vn)

(14) DongTam Engineering (Vietnam, www.dtengineering.vn)

(15) Bach Tung Mechanices Co., LTD (Vietnam, www.bachtung.vn)

Implementation partners with in-kind support:

(16) Vietnam National University Hanoi (Vietnam)

(17) Ho Chi Minh University of Medicine and Pharmacy. University Hospital (Vietnam)

(18) Military Central Hospital 108 (Vietnam)

(19) FIRST – Fostering Innovation through Research, Science and Technology (Vietnam)

(20) NATIF – National Technology Innovation Fund, Ministry of Science & Technology (Vietnam)

(21) 3C Machinery Co LTD (Vietnam, www.robot3t.com)

(22) Khoa Thuong Co., LTD (Vietnam, www.kt-biotech.com)

Summary:

During the implementation of the HAPIE project, especially through the successful establishment of the Vietnam-UK network of Higher Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VU-HEIE,
www.vuheie.org), we sustainably maintain the international collaborations, with the active involvements of more than 20 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Hospitals. The international collaborations are developed based on the following core activities: (1) Co-development of the research and technology development (RTD) proposals to attract more external funding and RTD resources, (2) Co-implementation of the RTD projects, (3) Commercialisation of the RTD outcomes, and (4) Transnational Educations, with the focus on the joint study programmes at HEIs in Vietnam.

We have been actively networking with research and academic colleagues of at least 10 HEIs in UK, including Cardiff University, University of Greenwich, University of Portsmouth, Newcastle University, University of Derby, Northumbria University, Sheffield University, University of Hertfordshire, Aston University, Oxford University, and University of Birmingham. Also, via HEIs in UK, we established international collaborations with HEIs in Europe, Africa and ASEAN countries, who join the collaborative RTD projects as the Associates & International Collaborators, especially for projects with the external funding from EU (successfully submitted 2 EC proposals for the calls SWITCH Asia II and Women & Sustainable Energy).