Vietnamese universities join US aid agency in education reform

By Minh Nga August 2, 2022 | 02:15 PT

The University of Social Sciences and Humanities of Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Monday launched a $14.2 million partnership with three major Vietnamese universities to strengthen higher education.

The Higher Education Reform Partnership Project will be carried out over five years for Indiana University to work with three Vietnamese universities, Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City, National University of Vietnam – Hanoi and Da Nang University to improve their academic quality. , improve institutional governance and enable them to serve as models of modern higher education across Vietnam.

Funded by USAID, the project will work with the World Bank and key government officials from the Ministries of Education and Training, Finance, Planning and Investment, and Science and Technology, and industry partners, including Purdue University, Amazon Web Services, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to “benefit more than 200,000 students and enable them to thrive in an increasingly competitive global marketplace “said the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City in a press release.

The partnership will seek to achieve three goals for the three universities: to increase sustainability and self-reliance; improve academic quality; and strengthen research and innovation capacity.

Core activities will strengthen university governance and financial systems, ensure faculty training and research collaborations, and develop guidelines and incentives for new partnerships between universities and private companies.

“Through this partnership, together we will collectively improve the quality and market relevance of higher education to drive sustainable growth,” U.S. Ambassador Marc Knapper said at the project’s launch event in Hanoi.

The project was announced by US Vice President Kamala Harris during her visit to Vietnam last September.

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