USAID launches Partnership for Higher Education Reform in Viet Nam
VGP - The U.S., through U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), on August 1 launched a five-year, US$14.2 million partnership with three leading Vietnamese universities.
The Partnership for Higher Education Reform, announced by Vice President Kamala Harris last fall in Ha Noi, will collaborate with universities, key government officials, and industry partners to strengthen higher education in Viet Nam.
U.S. partner Indiana University will work with Viet Nam's three largest universities including Viet Nam National University-Ho Chi Minh (VNU-HCM), Viet Nam National University-Ha Noi (VNU-HN), and the University of Da Nang to improve their academic quality, enhance institutional governance, and enable them to serve as models of modern higher education across Viet Nam.
The partnership will drive socio-economic development by benefitting more than 200,000 students and equip them to thrive in an increasingly competitive global market.
The U.S. is a committed partner in supporting the success and long-term sustainability of Viet Nam's higher education institutions, said U.S. Ambassador Marc Knapper in the remarks delivered at the event.
Through this partnership, together, the U.S. will collectively improve the quality and market-relevance of higher education to drive lasting growth, he added.
The partnership will work to achieve three objectives for the universities: increase sustainability and autonomy; improve academic quality; and strengthen research and innovation capacity.
Core activities will strengthen university governance and financial systems, provide faculty training in the design of state-of-the-art courses, facilitate research collaborations, expand research capacity, and develop guidelines and incentives for prosperous partnerships between universities and the private sector.