The British Council committs to supporting Vietnam in its efforts to internationalise education, science and innovation, and promote higher education cooperation between the UK and Vietnam, Ms Donna McGowan, Country Director of the British Council in Vietnam said.
The British Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and training (MOET) of Vietnam organised the second Vietnam –UK Higher Education forum, themed ‘Global landscape in internationalising higher education – standing in favour of quality to quantity’ in Hanoi on 30 October.
The forum was attended by Associate ProfessorNguyen Van Phuc,Vice Minister of Education and Training of Vietnam and Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh Government, together with about 150 delegates who are higher education leaders and national experts fromthe Vietnam MOET, more than 60 UK and Vietnamese universities and organisations, and news agencies.
In the UK – Vietnam Higher Education forum, the Vietnam – UK Higher Education Network officially launched ten collaborative projects in line with the four objectives above and the main priorities in IHE. This network consists of 56 universities and businesses from both Vietnam and the UK. The British Council committs to supporting Vietnam in its efforts to internationalise education, science and innovation, and promote higher education cooperation between the UK and Vietnam.
Experts from UK and regional universities also shared experiences in key priorities of IHE in Vietnam which are: university leadership and governance; transnational education and quality assurance; university industry link, and research and mobility.I hope that delegates joining the forum today will actively discuss your ideas as to how to enhance partnerships between the UK and Vietnam in the context of globalisation of higher education.
Ms Donna McGowan, Country Director of the British Council in Vietnam, spoke at the forum: "Higher education partnerships are a vitally important means of promoting inter-cultural co-operation, dialogue, engagement and shared understanding between the UK and Vietnam. Internationalising higher education is defined as one of the strategies to enhance the quality of higher education in terms of teaching, learning, researchand innovation. As the pioneer in promoting internationalisation of higher education globally, the British Council is delighted to work in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Training in Vietnam to organise the Vietnam – UK higher education collaboration forum today. This forum highlights the crucial role of higher education in society, as well as the British Council’s strong commitment in supporting MOET’s internationalisation of higher education strategy in Vietnam".
As a country with one of the most developed education system in the world, the UK also has one of the most 'internationalised' education systems.With a mission to promote knowledge and friendly understanding between the people of the UK and other countries around the world, the British Council is a pioneer in promoting IHE.
Vietnam is recognised as one of the countries with an ‘openness’ to international education rated as ‘Very high’ and ‘High’ in terms of government support for international student mobility, joint training programmes and research**.However, in order to establish a position in the regional or international higher education sector, Vietnam government considers quality as the top priority and this needs to be balanced with the fast development in quantity.