Universities of Vietnam, Wales Increase Exchange of Lecturers, Students
|At the event. Photo: VNA|
The Vietnam-Wales education cooperation workshop took place in Cardiff, Wales, gathering representatives of the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), the Global Wales program, the British Council, eight universities from Wales, and 30 from Vietnam, VNA reported.
As an activity marking the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam-UK diplomatic relations, the workshop focused on the internationalization of education, educational cooperation and training, and the exchange of lecturers and students between the universities of Vietnam and Wales via programs that the two sides are implementing.
The programs include the MoET’s Project 89 on capacity building for lecturers and managers of higher education institutions to meet the requirements of the sector’s fundamental and comprehensive renovation for 2019-2030 and the Taith program established with a EUR 65 million (about USD 70.1 million) investment from the Welsh Government with a commitment to creating 25,000 opportunities for international learning and exchanges between 2022 and 2026.
Nguyen Anh Dung, deputy head of the MoET’s Department of Higher Education, introduced Project 89 in the hope of boosting cooperation and exchange to increase the number of Vietnamese Ph.D. students studying in the UK under this project.
Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Hoang Long pointed to high tuition fees and living costs as the main barriers facing Vietnamese students and doctoral students who want to study in the UK within the framework of Project 89.
To solve this problem, a number of universities in Wales proposed that the two sides study and discuss a funding mechanism to offset the difference in living costs.
Participating universities of the two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation so that more Vietnamese students and researchers in different regions can access and benefit from the program.
|Ambassador Nguyen Hoang Long works with Welsh Minister of Education and Languages Jeremy Miles. Photo: VNA|
On the same day, within the framework of his visit to Wales, Ambassador Nguyen Hoang Long met the delegation of four Vietnamese universities, including Hue University; Can Tho University; Da Nang University; and the University of Technology under Hanoi's Vietnam National University, currently on a business trip to Wales within the framework of a project on University Leadership and Governance, focusing on Gender Balance and Social Inclusion supported by the British Council and Global Wales.
At the meeting, representatives of leaders of Vietnamese universities shared the purpose of the business trip to meet, exchange, share practices, and update project progress with four partner universities of Wales including Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Swansea, and the University of South Wales.
Ambassador Long shared the experience and cooperation needs of major British universities that are about to operate in Vietnam, helping representatives of Vietnamese universities get an overall picture of and learn more about practices at Welsh universities to explore future cooperation options both within and outside the project framework.
In Scotland for COP 26 and in the presence of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Vice Minister for Education Nguyen Van Phuc met with representatives of Global Wales to sign the Action Plan that further cements the agreement of both countries to collaborate in higher education.
The Action Plan between the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam and the Welsh Government, encourages collaboration in research, teaching, and training, widening opportunities for mobility and exchange for students, researchers and staff and also supports system to system development across the higher education sectors.
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