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ASU continuing effort to modernize engineering education in Vietnam

HEEAP partners organize conference on Vietnam education and transformation initiatives

Ho Chi Minh City – The second annual Vietnam Engineering Education Conference, hosted by the partners of the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program  (HEEAP) and Arizona State University, will be March 25 and 26, 2014, at the Rex Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

With the theme “Transformative Change: Educating Engineers to Innovate the Future of Vietnam,” the event brings together government, industry and education leaders from around the world to explore ideas and solutions to challenges in engineering and technical education programs in Vietnam.

Conference presentations, discussions, technical sessions and seminars will focus on enhancing public-private partnerships that bring industry, government and academia together to improve and expand innovation in engineering and technology education and research.

Discussions will also focus on development of capstone design courses, establishing undergraduate teaching assistant programs and ways to inspire and engage the next generation of engineers.

English is the official language of all conference sessions and presentations unless otherwise noted on the program.

Keynote presentations will highlight innovative methods in education involving techniques such as hybrid/flipped classrooms and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), as well as industry/academic panel discussions on ways to inspire the next generation of engineers and on building public-private partnerships in both education and scientific research.

Another keynote presentation will focus on development of a national strategy for technical innovation in Vietnam.

Conference technical sessions will address topics ranging from the development of bi-national research and education collaboration to classroom activities that promote and reinforce student engagement.

The conference will also include technology exhibits from HEEAP’s technology partners.

Technical sessions will focus on issues and solutions directly impacting higher education in Vietnam.   Presenters will share solutions and discuss challenges on topics ranging from capstone design courses to establishing undergraduate teaching assistant programs (UGTAs).

Several sessions will highlight collaboration models and opportunities to further develop faculty research and undergraduate research opportunities in Vietnam.

The technical sessions promise to be enlightening and engaging, with presenters from the most of the HEEAP partner institutions sharing results of their efforts, as well as presentations from industry and U.S. institutions of higher education.

“The Vietnam Engineering Education Conference provides an opportunity to develop connections, share best practices and strengthen the partnerships that will lead to a lasting transformation of education in both Vietnam and in the partner countries,” said Bui Van Ga, Deputy Minister of the Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training.

Bui Van Ga will be one of the featured presenters at the conference, along with William Colglazier, the science and technology advisor to the United States Secretary of State; Mylan Nguyen, president of General Electric Vietnam; Le Joai Quoc, president of the Saigon Hi-Tech Park; Sherry Boger, general manger of Intel Products Vietnam; Rena Bitter, the U.S. General Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City; and Vu Dinh Thanh, the rector of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, which is organizing the conference.

HEEAP’s mission is to modernize teaching and learning methods in Vietnam’s schools of higher education as a way to support economic development in the country.

HEEAP is providing a model for advancing engineering education to prepare engineers to support Vietnam’s growing high-tech industry. Its partnerships with leading technical universities and vocational colleges in Vietnam have so far enabled almost 200 faculty members from Vietnam engineering colleges to participate in instruction training programs at ASU and in Vietnam.

The HEEAP partners are also developing a distance-education network to enable students at multiple campuses in Vietnam to take the same courses simultaneously. There is also a program to train Vietnamese education leaders in modern administrative, revenue-enhancement and policy development models necessary to build regionally and globally competitive institutions.

For more information, visit the HEEAP website and the conference website .

Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) was founded in 2010 by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Intel Corporation in partnership with Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (ASU). HEEAP is administered by the office of Global Office of Extended Education (GOEE) in the Fulton Schools of Enginering. Sponsors now include the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training, Ho Chi Minh’s Hi-Tech Park, Siemens, Danaher, Cadence, National Instruments and Pearson, which are aiming to produce “ready-to-work” students and providing high-quality human resources and local training for high-tech industries in Vietnam.

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(480) 965-8122
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


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