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International Students Continue to Choose VNUK

VNUK continues to be an attractive education and research destination for students from such places as the United Kingdom, South Korea and throughout Asia. This school year our new friend Ramanan Krish, an international student from India, chose VNUK as his academic home!

While Ramanan was looking for opportunities to study in a new country, he was impressed by the professionalism of VNUK and that the curriculum is taught entirely in English. Ramanan feels that the International Business and Management (IBM) major with an international standard programme is exactly what he has been looking for.

With quality that meets international standards and a unique cultural exchange environment, VNUK continues to provide many exciting learning opportunities for both domestic and foreign students.

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VNUK Students exchange Digital Marketing knowledge with Korean Students

In the past week, students from Daegu Catholic University (𝗗𝗮𝗲𝗴𝘂 𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘆𝗗𝗖𝗨), Korea had had a meeting and knowledge exchange with VNUK students in the field of Digital Marketing.

At the meeting, VNUK students confidently use foreign languages to exchange and introduce Vietnamese culture, Vietnamese youth trends, working environment here … with international students.

DCU students had expressed their desire to learn about the Vietnamese market, helping students build appropriate marketing strategies. Besides, students of two schools have the opportunity to learn from each other about knowledge and experience in Digital Marketing.

Here are some pictures of the meeting:

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Daegu Catholic University Summer Study Abroad 2019

On 08/07/2019, VNUK was delighted to welcome the delegation of 20 students from Daegu Catholic University (𝗗𝗮𝗲𝗴𝘂 𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘆 – 𝗗𝗖𝗨), Korea to participate in the 2019 Summer Cultural and Learning Program.

The program is sponsored by the Korean Government with the aim of helping students access the foreign learning and cultural environment. This is an annual activity happening in many countries, in which the Korean Government has chosen VNUK as a destination in Vietnam. Through the programs of summer school, study exchange, VNUK has become a prominent destination for students from many countries around the world such as Hungary, Korea, the UK, etc.

Throughout the series of activities and exchanges at VNUK, Korean students have chance to experience Vietnamese culture through food and school subjects. In addition, Korean students will also be able to practice thinking and business skills classes and many other useful modules. VNUK hopes this will be the memorable experience of Korean students in Vietnam.

In addition to regularly receiving students from other countries, VNUK also has many programs for VNUK students to exchange at universities in countries such as South Korea, United Kingdom, Spain … This is a great opportunity for students to access international education and culture of countries around the world.

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Coffee Talk – Parents and Career Orientation stories for children

In order to help children discover themselves, orient and choose a career properly in the context of the global economy in the future, what do parents need to do?

It is the theme shared by educational experts and parents at the informal conversation called Coffee Talk on Sunday morning, July 14th.

Participating the workshop, there were Dr. Nguyen Thi My Huong (Deputy Director in charge of VNUK Institute for Research & Executive Education), PhD. Tran The Vu (VNUK Computer Science Lecturer) and PhD. Nguyen Manh Hung (VNUK Biomedical Science lecturer).

Through the workshop, parents were shared a lot of useful knowledge about the context of the digital economy in the world and in Vietnam, the industries that are most likely to automate, the industries that are less likely to least automation, What will future careers look like? ….. help parents to have a better overview of future career opportunities for their children.

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VNUK welcomed professor from WSB University, Poland

On July 15, Vietnam-UK Institute for Research & Executive Education (VNUK), University of Danang had a meeting with Assoc.Prof.Dr. Katarzyna Szczepanska Woszczyna – Head of Management Department, Wyzsza Szkola Biznesu School (WSB), Poland.

The meeting was an opportunity for the two sides to discuss academic and research cooperation programs, exchange lecturers and students through the Erasmus + Program. Assoc. Katarzyna Szczepanska Woszczyna introduced the outstanding features of WSB and hoped to have the opportunity to welcome lecturers and students to join research and study exchange program in WSB, especially cooperation in the fields of scientific and technology that WSB has potential and strength.

Assoc. Katarzyna Szczepanska Woszczyna proposed and hoped that the two sides would soon have cooperation agreements first of all to exchange lecturers and students and join research programs on science and technology, in order to create a premise to expand and promote relationships between the two universities in the future. The session promises to bring many opportunities for students and VNUK staff to study and research at WSB University, Poland in the future.

WSB is a reputable and prestigious private university in Poland with training and research facilities in major Polish cities, offering 130 training programs, undergraduate and master’s courses, in which there are 60 training programs in English in many fields, such as: Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Global Logistics, International Business, International Business and Finance, Tourism Administration and Guests Hotel, Business English, Software Development, Corporate Finance, Marketing, Project Management, Corporate Finance Management …

Some photos at the meeting:

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VNUK supports the British Council to organize an IELTS Teacher Training Workshop

On July 9/10, 2019, Vietnam – UK Institute for Research & Executive Education, Danang University (VNUK) supported the British Council to organize IELTS Teacher Training Workshop.

The training aimed to help IELTS teachers improve their English teaching experience and practice IELTS test. Participants had a talk and shared with the top British Council teacher – Mr. Andrew Milner.

As the British Council’s IELTS test site in Da Nang, VNUK has been with the British Council Vietnam for 5 years in developing projects, courses, scholarships, organizing IELTS … VNUK offers candidates with modern facilities from examination room to earpiece system to ensure requirements, professional support team. VNUK promises to bring the international quality exam with many scholarships and attractive English courses.

Some photos of the training workshop:

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VNUK signed a memorandum of understanding with Ewha Womans University – Korea

In early July 2019, Vietnam-UK Institute for Research & Executive Education, Da Nang University (VNUK) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Natural Sciences (Ewha Womans University – Korea).

A cooperative memorandum expresses the interest of both sides in the training process, academic and research information … This is an opportunity to create open and exchange programs for VNUK students as well as Vietnamese students. Accordingly, the quality of learning and the opportunity to accumulate experience is also gradually improved. The two sides aspire to build activities that create international links in education. The content focusé on remembering the sustainable cooperation of the two schools in the process of training high quality human resources for Vietnam.

Ewha Women’s University, also known as Hoa Le Women’s University (Ewha Womans University) is the largest private university for women in Korea and the world. The school was founded in 1886, by American Methodist missionary Mary F.Scranton. Ewha is located in the heart of Seoul, the capital “smelter” which produces many excellent female prime ministers, ministers and parliamentarians, including the very first female Prime Minister Han Myung. Sook. The prestigious school with both ancient beauty and modern features, dubbed this “feminine paradise” has 11 universities with 65 divisions and 13 graduate schools for post graduate students to study and do research.

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VNUK organizes an international conference on Data Science

On July 4, 2019, Vietnam – UK Institute for Research & Executive Education, Danang University (VNUK) cooperated with the Knowledge Technology Research Department of Chung – Ang University, Korea to hold an international scientific seminar:  Advances in Data Science

Chung – Ang University, South Korea

Chung-Ang University is a prestigious private university located in Seoul. According to Korea Joongang Daily newspaper in 2013, CAU ranked 8th in Korea. This is also one of the top 10 best universities in Korea.

The workshop took place under the lead of Dr. Dang Duc Long, Head of Science and Technology Department – International Cooperation, VNUK. The speakers are Prof. Jason J. Jung, Dr. O-Joun Lee, Dr. Hoang Long Nguyen.

  • Prof. Jason J. Jung, Chung-Ang University, South Korea: postdoctoral fellow at INRIA Rhone-Alpes, France in 2006 and a visiting scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute (FIRST) in Berlin, Germany in 2004. His research topics are knowledge technology on social networks by applying various types of Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods.
  • Dr. O-Joun Lee: postdoctoral researcher at Chung-Ang University, Korea. His research topics include knowledge techniques of various unstructured data.
  • Dr. Hoang Long Nguyen is a postdoctoral fellow at Chung-Ang University, South Korea. His research topics include knowledge technology on social networks using machine learning, semantic Web exploitation and environmental intelligence.

The seminar also has the participation of VNUK lecturers, students and many interested researchers from the University of Economics, Department of E-Commerce and Informatics Statistics.

The seminar not only brought scientific research issues on data analysis but also opened many promising projects VNUK cooperation and Chung – Ang University, Korea.

Some photos of the seminar:

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Soft skills training for students from MekongSkills2Work funded by USAID

On May 13, 2019, VNUK students and other member schools of The University of Danang participated in the soft skill training which helps to apply the tools from the MekongSkills2Work program funded by USAID to countries in the Mekong sub-region.

Based on the initiative of Texas A&M University, USA, the Mekong Region Connection Program for Education and Training (“MekongSkills2Work”) is part of the US-Comet project of the Development Agency. US International initiated these soft skills training sessions for students.

The session was attended by students from the schools of The University of Danang. Among them, Dang Minh Thang – a VNUK’s student – is the ambassador of the project, supporting soft skills training for members attending the training session.

The program aims to teach students soft skills, especially for freshmen who want to evaluate themselves, determine their strengths and weaknesses; therefore it will develop their weakness.

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Exchange session with experts at Danang Start-up Nursery – DNES

On May 15, 2019, VNUK students in International Business and Management had an exchange session with leading experts at Da Nang Start-up Incubator – DNES.

Da Nang Business Incubator (DNES) is an innovation platform that helps early-stage start-ups grow their businesses. Located in Danang, a young vibrant city on the beach, DNES offers a unique ecosystem for start-ups. This eco-system consists of resources, connections, inspirations, and a dynamic community.

At the exchange session, the students have the honour of receiving guidance and talk from the representative of the Incubator. Specifically, students have met the Deputy General Director of the Nursery – Mr. Dung Ho, and one of the founding members of Simi application – Tram Anh. The sharing brought many interesting stories about the start-up process as well as lessons about business in the new era.

Visiting and listening to the business is an organized activity that regularly integrates into the knowledge subjects for students of VNUK.

Activities not only help students visit the company but also have the opportunity to access and grasp the actual recruitment needs of businesses. Through many practical sessions, VNUK students are equipped with the necessary professional knowledge and skills and interact with the experienced senior employee.

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Shorten the distance from theory to practive by studying at the enterprise

In order to help students answer the questions about enterprise operations, on June 7th 2019 VNUK, in partnership with Premier Village Resort, had hold a field trip for VNUK student.

In the journey, VNUK students were able to understand the operation processes of this luxury resort thanks to the enthusiastic guidance and advice from the representatives of Mr. Trang Trong Tin – Human Resource departure and Hoang Thi Thuy – SEO Marketing departure. Besides that, students are able to meet different head of departures while they were visiting.

After the field trip to Premier Village Resort, IBM students had absorbed more interesting and practical knowledge that might be helpful for their future career. In addition, Mr Trang Trong Tin had promised to provide many internship positions and full-time job opportunities for VNUK students.

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The journey of investigating cancer inhibitor treatment of a Vietnamese girl studying in America and her sharing at VNUK

On June 12th 2019, an academic  seminar was hosted with the topic “Deciphering Protein Network In Cell Mechanics”. This seminar was hosted every two weeks by the Journal – BMS club in VNUK.

Lecturers and students who are interested in Bio Medical Science was listened to the interesting sharing from Nguyen Thi Sao Ly –  PhD Student studying at Johns Hopkins University in United States.

Updating the lasted research, the speaker had shared her research related to the screening of substances and drugs that affects the role and activity of MyoII protein. In which MyoII is a protein that plays a role in cell structure, cell mobility, so the abnormal activity of MyoII contributes to the metastasis of cancer cells.

Therefore, it is necessary to find drugs or compounds that inhibit MyoII’s abnormal activity. She has screened 4-HAP capable of inhibiting the abnormal activity of MyoII, and she is continuing to study the physiological role of 4-HAP.

Sharing about the research, she not only introduced the mission of research but also provided the updated knowledge in the field of molecular and cellular biology as well as biochemistry.

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“Mindset for Success” Workshop – Thinking to succeed in the workplace

On May 5, 2019, VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education, the University of Danang accompanied with Global Shapers Community Danang as a part of CONFIDENCE IN U project brought to attendees an exciting Workshop with the theme “Mindset for Success”.

At the workshop, speaker Na Bui – a senior manager at Google Singapore – has introduced the way using mindset in the circumstances or issues we encounter at work as well as in daily life.

There are 3 needed mindsets for success in the working setting:

  • Growth Mindset (Open mindset)
  • Corporate Mindset (Political Office)
  • Future Mindset

All actions originated from mindset. The merits you gain from this Workshop will not only be limited in the program but also spread more widely. Depend on close connections with organizations and enterprises in Vietnam and International, VNUK hopes to bring many useful sharing in the upcoming seminars.

Some photos at the Workshop

See all photos of the workshop HERE

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VNUK’s student Win Award in Code Challenge 2019 competition

On April 2019, the student of VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education, the University of Danang, Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) was honored to win the award in the Code Challenge 2019 competition organized by Sun* company.

Code Challenge 2019, which is a computer programming competition for students in the central region, chose the recipient of the biggest awards after one month selection process. The final round took place in Danang on the last April 21st with the participants from Danang, Hue, Nghe An, Khanh Hoa, and many different provinces. After a fierce day of competition, the owner of the award was officially revealed.

Bui Quang Ngoc – student of 15CSE was honored to win the CTF award of this large-scale competition.

The competition gave the candidates the opportunity to challenge themselves as well as connect and interact with the IT community.

Some photos at the competition

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The field trip of VNUK’s students at Danalog Company – A trip full of valuable lessons

On April 25th 2019, VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education, the University of Danang organized a field trip at Logistic JSC – DANALOG  for students of International Business and Management (IBM)

In the curriculum of International Business and Management students at VNUK, It is very crucial to observe and learn from enterprises. Students will gain novelty vision of knowledge that has been learned from class and acquire more lessons which are not performed in notebooks. Additionally, practical experience also brings students confidence in their field of study, helping them to integrate faster in the working environment in the future.

For that reason, within the teaching framework of the two extremely important majors of the fourth-year which are Supply Chain Management taught by Mr. Anthony Evans and Import – Export taught Mrs. Duong Hanh Tien, the students of IBM class had the opportunity to visit Da Nang JSC – Danalog. The visit was organized with the aims at helping students have a better understand the business procedure of a transport company, from which apply lessons related to import and export activities of goods and products delivery to places such as companies, factories, enterprises, etc.

The process of learning and listening to experience helps students have the honor to receive enthusiastic guidance from representatives of the company. Specifically, they have met the Director of Danalog Company – Mr. Tran Phuoc Hong and Ms. Duong Thuy Duyen – Deputy Manager of Sales and Marketing Department.

The students also had the chance to listen to the information about the operation of the company, to visit the CFS store and discuss with Mrs. Duyen about related knowledge. Particularly, the meeting with Mr. Tran Phuoc Hong gave them more interesting information about the transport industry, thanks to his friendly and enthusiastic teaching. VNUK students also asked questions showing the interests in many different aspects of the company from operating the system to managing human resources, and competition market, etc.

Through the trip to Danalog, IBM students gain for them a wide range of useful practical knowledge, supporting in learning process and helping them to orient their future career.

Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh, a fourth-year student of IBM shared: “I feel that the trip was very rewarding and worthwhile. Indeed, studying in the class is never enough until you come directly to factories and witness what it like to import goods and what the process is. Moreover, we have also answered the questions involved in our majors and listened to real sharing and experiences that the company has encountered. After that trip, I was eye-opening about many things and I believe that the knowledge that this trip brings will very useful for those who have a career orientation in this transport industry.”  

Field trip at the enterprise for VNUK students is one of the major specialized extracurricular activities in the training content of the program to connect theories and practices. The field trip is carried out at a different time in four years of studying, having a firm and systematic connection with other specialized activities.

Through extracurricular activities, VNUK wants to motivate students to establish career concepts and orientations, creating opportunities for students to build the network and develop business ideas. At the same time, it also creates human resources to meet the social needs with full of soft skills and practical knowledge, improving the ability to find internship opportunities and jobs for students.

Some photos at the field trip at Danalog Company of VNUK’s students

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Global Culture Festival – VNUK’s explosive Festival

VNUK British Culture Festival every year is upgraded to VNUK Global Culture Festival 2019 which brings together many different cultures around the world!

Without beyond the expectations of all VNUKers and event participants, on April 21st, 2019, VNUK Global Culture Festival was officially organized with a completely different version. This new version has given attendees a colorful cultural festival from dozens of cultures around the world including the United Kingdom, Mexico, Korea, Thailand, Japan, France, Italy, Turkey, Australia, India, Greece, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Russia, the Netherlands; impressive music performances of International bands from America, Africa, the workshop of creative art, VR experience, fire dancing and interactions with foreign community in local.

Did you know: Global Culture Festival is an activity within the subject of VNUK first-year students?

In the educational development orientation, VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education always focus on training students with English communication skills, teamwork skills, presentation skills, etc. Therefore, first-year students at VNUK will be focused on improving the skills of life and work needed before going into specialized subjects.

VNUK Global Culture Festival is part of Global Culture subject taught by Andrew Smith. This course offers students many opportunities to improve their foreign language level, at the same time to familiarize themselves with many diversified cultures, training critical thinking and organizational thinking. By exploring new ideas, students will develop the ability to cultural adaptation and awareness. This is one of the major skills entering a new culture when traveling abroad, studying abroad and working in a multicultural environment.

When participating in the event, first-year students will be divided into groups and in charge of each booth corresponding with many different cultures. This is also an opportunity for you to come up with ideas and discuss together to organize a booth with all of your creativity.

Global Culture Festival – Colorful Cultural Exchange

Originated from a subject and transformed into Global Culture Festival VNUK 2019, the event attracted a huge number of participants, particularly many international friends living in Danang.

Attending the festival, attendees experience a series of exciting activities:

  • Enjoying extraordinary music from the American, African and International bands

  • An entertaining acrobat performance with juggling and tricks on a wire from Henry Sun;

  • Admiring incredible Poi fire dance performances

  • Eye-opening with Creative art project from The Workshop and enjoying unique international cuisine

  • Immersing themselves in the “Western-style”, communicating and making friends with people from different cultures.

  • An afternoon tea party with British style. Tea, cakes, and flowers carrying manners and attitude of royal

Global Culture Festival – more than the value of an event

VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education, the University of Danang, the international public university was established under a cooperation agreement between the governments of Vietnam and the United Kingdom. VNUK pays special attention to developing soft skills and career skills for students. Through annual activities such as Picnic welcoming new students, Halloween Festivals, Christmas Party Prom Night, Make a change weekend, etc. VNUK students have a lot of opportunities to practice many skills for the work environment later.

VNUK Global Culture Festival 2019 will be one of the annual activities creating an identity for VNUK. In addition to this program, VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education promises to bring more exciting activities to help students develop integrity in both knowledge and soft skills, creating cohesion in VNUK students’ lives.

See more pictures of the festival HERE.

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Innovative Startup in University- A model from VNUK

On April 12th, 2019, VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education was honored to welcome the experts of Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Group. The visit is in the series of surveying and understanding the situation of operating and developing incubators, Innovative start-up education in Da Nang city of the experts.

Attending the meeting, on Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Group, there were:

  • Dr. Nguyen Dinh Cung – Member of Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Group/ Director of Central Institute for Economic Management
  • Dr. Dang Quang Vinh – Director of Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM)
  • Mr. Dang Dinh Duc, Director of Central Region Consultant Center –  Development Research
  • Mr. Le Minh Nhat Duy – Deputy Director of Central Region Consultant Center –  Development Research
  • Mr. Nguyen Hong Hai, Management Board of Danang High-Tech zone and Industrial zone

VNUK had the presence of:

  • Dr. Nguyen Thi My Huong – Interim Rector of Institute for Research and Executive Education
  • Dr. Tran The Vu – Head of Academic Affairs Office
  • Dr. Dang Duc Long – Head of Science and International Cooperation Department
  • M.Sc Ngo Nguyen Bao Tran – Lecturer of International Business and Management

Within the plan of building the project promoting the innovative startup ecosystem in Da Nang city, Management Board of Danang High-tech zone and Industrial zone, the experts of Government’s Economic Advisory Group and Central Region Consultant Center –  Development Research have conducted a survey about activities of incubator facilities in Danang. As a pioneering higher education institution in promoting innovative startup education in Danang, VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education was chosen to be a destination for conducting this survey of the experts.

At the session, Dr. Nguyen Thi My Huong reported about innovative startup education at VNUK. She shared how VNUK has built a startup education ecosystem including the culture of promoting VNUK innovation, curriculum content, teaching methods and support services. Specifically, regarding the content of innovative startup education, VNUK applies the integrated content consisting of two components which are Design Thinking and The Lean Startup. The startup module is taught in the first year for all students of International Business and Management, Bio Medical Science and Computer Science and Engineering. The teaching is combined with a part of theory but mostly for practice. Students contact target-customer in the process of developing the project. At the end of the module, a group of students will present their project in front of the experts from business incubators, startup companies and startup experts in the area.  

Apart from teaching, VNUK also organized startup contest about entrepreneurship among students, high school students in the city, creating the environment for the exchange of students and lecturers that enhances skills and experience for lecturers in consulting, training to improve the ability to support the startup of lecturers at VNUK. This is also a key element in promoting innovative startup education that VNUK always attaches special importance to develop.

Through the discussion about startup education at VNUK in particularl and in Danang city in general, the delegates from VNUK have proposed a number of recommendations to promote startup educational ecosystem in universities and colleges. Among them, Dr. Dang Duc Long said that in addition to bringing innovative startup factor into quality standards, the Ministry of Education and Training or higher government needs specific policies in order to create the competition among universities, colleges and innovative startup funds for students as an example. Dr. Nguyen Thi My Huong also shared one of the biggest challenges currently is the thinking of school leaders. If school administrators are aware of the importance of innovation, implementation is no longer difficult. Dr. Huong especially emphasized the role of creating innovations that are valuable for the community. Currently, universities only basically focus on teaching, the rest are still weak in the field of innovation.

The meeting was exciting with many tricky questions and challenging issues related to promoting innovative startup. It is believed that the lecturers, researchers of VNUK have contributed useful content to the project of the experts, contributing to the policy to promote the innovative startup ecosystem in Danang city.

Students presenting the project in front of the Assessment Council in Innovative Contest at the university

See the article in the Education Newspaper here

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“Global Talent for the World of Work” Seminar with the researchers of Bournemouth University, UK

On April 10th, 2019, VNUK held a seminar with the theme of “Global Talent for the World of Work” (#WoWForum) introduced by the research team of Bournemouth University. This is a seminar aiming to introduce the result of a collaboration program within the framework of Higher Education Partnership among Bournemouth University, Hanoi Foreign Trade University and University of Economics Ho Chi Minh city.

Attending the seminar, on the side of Bournemouth University, there are:

  • Prof. Milena Bobeva – Vice President of Global Cooperation/ Director of Master program in Business Management
  • Dr. Rebecca Hindley – Lecture of Human Resource Management, Bournemouth University
  • Dr. Debbie Sadd – Senior Lecturer of Bournemouth University

On VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education, there are:

  • Dr. Dang Duc Long, Head of Science and International Cooperation Department
  • Mr. Steven Carbon, Consultant of Foundation Studies
  • Mrs. Pham Thi Ngoc Nhan, Marketing Lead of VNUK

There is also the participant of Dr. Nguyen Thi Dieu Hang, Deputy Chief of Academic Affairs Office of University of Science and Technology; the lecturers from member schools of Danang University such as University of Science and Education, University of Science and Technology, University of Economics, VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education, etc along with many media agencies came to report on the seminar.

Bournemouth University is a school ranked as Top 500 of leading universities worldwide and is among Top 200 International universities of the world ranked by Times Higher Education Magazine. Particularly, Bournemouth University proud to be the National Center for Computer Animation, the only university of UK having a High-quality Center for Media Practice and for Tourism in accordance with an assessment of the United Nations of World Tourism, and ranked the first in working experience for students in the UK. Recently, Bournemouth University is honored to become the top 15% of universities having great influences on the global economy and society.  

At the seminar, Dr. Rebecca Hindley has introduced about the project of Higher Educational Partnership between Vietnam and UK (VN-UK Higher Education Partnership, UK-VN HEP) with the major theme is shorten the skills gap between students and recruitment units (Bringing the skills gap). According to the research of Global University Employability Survey 2016, employees only own working skills that are no longer sufficient to meet the needs of new era employers.

Besides, Dr. Debbie Sadd also introduced about Sustainable Development, particularly the environmental protection measures which are being applied at Bournemouth University such as extensive fountain water system with disposable cups and bottles for students and lecturers. She also emphasized the training of awareness – attitude – behavior to become a useful citizen for the society which is exceptionally important with higher education today.

To understand more about improving the competitiveness for university students, the participants have shared experiences and group discussions with some of the following topics:

  • Topic 1: Bring sustainable development into training programs
  • Topic  2: Develop innovate and creative thinking for students
  • Topic 3: Shorten the gap between employers and learners through soft skills training
  • Topic 4: Guide and train multi-generation of human resources

The seminar shared the intensive understanding in practicing in order to bring the knowledge of soft skill and sustainable development thinking into classes between VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education along with member schools of Danang University and Bournemouth University, UK. The project of educational collaboration between Vietnam and the UK brings many new shares to help students get ready with knowledge and job skills to experience the international working environment.

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Implement the transnational education in Master of Teaching English TESOL between VNUK and Nottingham Trent University

On April 4th, 2019, VN-UK Institute for Research and Executive Education conducted Memorandum of Agreement with Nottingham Trent University, UK to implement the transnational education in Master of Teaching English TESOL with a degree awarded by Nottingham Trent University.

Attending the signing ceremony, Nottingham Trend University representatives had:

  • Angela Brown, Principal of the School of Arts and Humanity, Nottingham Trent University
  • Victoria Fanning, Director of Quality Management for the Collaboration and Partnership Program, Center for Academic and Quality Development, Nottingham Trent University
  • Vidhi Sahae, Coordinator of South Asia Cooperation Program, NTU Global, Nottingham Trent University

On VNUK side, there was the presence of:

  • Dr. Nguyen Thi My Huong – Interim Rector of VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education
  • Dr. Tran The Vu – Head of Academic Affairs Office
  • Mr. Steve Carbon – Consultant of Foundation Year at VNUK
  • MSc. Phan Thi Tra Khuc – Lecture of Languages and Foundation Studies Department
  • MSc. Pham Thi Ngoc Nhan –  Marketing Lead at VNUK

At the ceremony, the representatives of Nottingham Trent University introduced to the press and potential candidates about Nottingham University and the characteristics of Master Program in Methods of Teaching English. The representatives of VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education shared the potential of the program and committed to ensuring the program quality during the course that students studying in Vietnam. The program will enroll students for the first term, which is expected to start in September 2019.

Speaking at the session, Dr. Nguyen Thi My Huong – Interim Rector of VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education said that teaching method plays the most vital role in the impacts on the learning results of the learners in English training. Nowadays, we can choose and buy the copyright of the training program, teaching resources from many privileged universities all over the world such as Cambridge, Oxford, etc. However, if teachers are not highly-professional trained, they will not achieve high efficiency. Therefore, we want to step by step, along with other educational institutions, enhance the quality of the training program for English teachers through this transnational education. Nottingham Trent University is a prestigious school with devoted and experienced lecturers. We are even more confident during the course of this program preparation over the past years.

The two training institutions expressed their determination to well implement this program in order to provide an optimal program for the learner, contributing to enhancing the quality of English teachers in the Central region, at the same time, creating opportunities for research collaboration between lecturers of two schools in the field of English Teaching Method.

What is Master Program in Methods of Teaching English MA TESOL?

Master Program in Methods of Teaching English MA TESOL is a postgraduate training program for teachers teaching English in nations using English as a foreign language. This program is accepted by more than 80 countries all around the world. Therefore, with a degree of Master in TESOL (MA TESOL), It can open avenues for learners to teach professional English on a global scale.

In the context of increasing international integration today, learning and using English proficiently becomes increasingly urgent demand for all levels of education. The project of national foreign language 2020 has been established and currently extended to 2025 toward the aims at comprehensively innovating Foreign language teaching and learning in the national education system. Particularly, the project also emphasizes the quality improvement for English teachers and lecturers. This shows that the urgent of the high-quality training program for teachers and lecturers who are teaching English for learners across the country.

With a view to catering the demand to enhance the quality of English teachers in high school, particularly in Danang city and the Central region, VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education cooperated with Nottingham Trent University to implement the transnational education of Master in English Teaching MA TESOL with the purpose of facilitating more opportunities for students to approach advance and high-quality educational program of UK.

The highlight of Master Program in Methods of Teaching English MA TESOL

The program is flexibly designed with the first semester at VNUK and the second at Nottingham Trent University, and the dissertation on the third semester in Vietnam with the guidance of Nottingham Trent University lecturers. Graduates receive a Master’s degree from Nottingham Trent University, UK. The program helps save up significantly tuition fees because students only attend a semester in the UK, whereas still having time to study in the UK.

The program is the most ideal learning program for those with little experience in teaching English but desire to become a good teacher in this field. The program focuses on practice, equipping the learners with skills and experience to become a professional and excellent English teacher who is able to work in an international environment. The program excelled with a two-semester teaching practice module. In the process of learning, learners practice teaching in the classroom, designing teaching materials, developing lectures, tests, and assessments.

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent is a state university established in 1992. Lying at Nottingham, UK, there are 24,000 students in 3 campuses which are City Campus, Clifton Campus, and Brackenhurst Campus.

In recent years, Nottingham Trent University has climbed the chart constantly in the rankings of the Times, Sunday Times Good University Guide, the Complete University Guide and the Guardian University Guide. Currently, NTU is ranked 16th in the UK’s top universities rankings by vote in 2019 of The Guardian Magazine. In 2018, Nottingham Trend was awarded University of the Year voted by the prestigious University of Times Higher Education. All of the above results show that NTU provides a high-quality curriculum, good learning environment, and concentration on bringing the best results for students.  

It is noted that 96% of Nottingham Trent University students went to work or continue to study higher within 6 months after finishing their degree (according to the 2015-2016 Survey Organization of Student place after graduate). NTU particularly focuses on helping students looking for jobs. All of the NTU students have opportunities to use their working skills and experiences in the course.

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Students give a try with Innovation Start-up contest – VNUK InnoFest

On the morning of March 30th, 2019, at VNUK, the creative Start-up Contest – VNUK InnoFest was held for VNUK students to inspire and approach knowledge about innovation start-up in the community of students.

The position of Innovation start-up in the general mission of education

Innovation start-up is increasingly proving its position as one of the integral elements in developing the social and economic internal force of the nations. Although starting a business as a student may not be the option of many young people, there is a great number of reasons to affirm that school is the best place to start a business. Therefore, flaring up the flames of Innovation start-up and equipping essential background knowledge about starting a business is one of the top major tasks of many universities and colleges across the country. Prior to that mission, VNUK is a pioneer university in innovation start-up movement and always aims to become the first international start-up university in the Central of Vietnam.

Dr. Nguyen Thi My Huong – Deputy Director in charge of Viet-Anh Research and Training Institute gave a speech

Students were inspired through Design Thinking subject

At VNUK, students are inspired and approached to the knowledge of Innovation Start-up right from the first year through Design Thinking subject. Starting from observations and empathy of each student with issues or phenomena in society or in their own daily lives, through every lesson of Design Thinking, students are guided by teachers at VNUK to create creative meaningful ideas and products to solve problems of the social community.

VNUK InnoFest – a practical playground for students

And to encourage students to engage in the research of science, technology, and engineering, and to apply school knowledge to solve the practical problems in life with the knowledge base to start a business from Design Thinking, VNUK will organize Innovation Contest – VNUK InnoFest. VNUK InnoFest is a contest held in order to create a useful and interesting playground for VNUK students, the University of Danang to explore, develop and complete the creative ideas serving practical demands of society. The contest is an opportunity to detect and develop potential ideas that bring great meaning for the community, at the same time, assist students to complete their ideas before participating in creative, scientific and technical competitions of a large scale.

Going through nearly 3 months of studying, cultivating knowledge and skills, accomplishing creative ideas from Design Thinking, 11 creative projects of students are ready to compete at the Final Round of the competition taking place on the morning of March 30th, 2019. After a period of competition, the teams brought extremely impressive presentations with a wealth of creative ideas. The final result has announced 3 names for the three highest positions of the competition:

  • First prize: Wabi Sabi team with the idea about “HaXan”- a label for books using AR and QR codes to help students look for the lessons easier, enhance the learning experiences.

Member of Wabi Sabi team with “HaXan” idea

  • Second prize: Co-City Group Team with the idea of “Peaceful Space Equipment”- a device that helps reduce noise from the outside into the room to help people feel more pleasant and comfortable, particularly for mothers and babies

  • Third prize: Teeny team with the idea of “E-nose”- an electricity nose that helps pedestrians filter dirt and absorb the unpleasant surrounding smell, bringing the fresh air to the user.

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With the foundation from the subject and experiences gained after the contest, we hope that students will continue to develop their projects, turn it into reality and bring products closer to the community to create good value for life.

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VNUK organized the academic SEMINAR in Bio Medical Science field

On March 28th 2019, VNUK Institute for Reseach and Executive Education collaborated with young scientists who are currently working at the University of California – USA, Keimyung University – South Korea to organize an extremely lively academic event. The seminar is under the field of Bio-Medical Science with issues related to Life science.   

With the purpose of carrying out scientific tasks, at the same time, promoting research and exchange activities, negotiating about scientific subjects in the field of Life Sciences, The Science and Technology Department of Vietnam-UK Institute (VNUK) held an academic seminar. Presenting at the academic exchange were speakers with abundant experience in research as well as knowledgeable about Biomedical fields:

  • Dr. Tran Manh Hung, the University of California Los Angeles, USA;
  • Dr. Vo Thuy Lu Tam, Keimyung University – South Korea;
  • Dr. Nguyen Thach Cuong, the University of California at Davis, California, USA.

At the seminar, Dr. Tran Manh Hung and Dr. Vo Thuy Lu Tam presented about the research on the molecular biology application of acetyltransferase ARD1 and DMC extraction from plants in preventing the pathways taking place in cancer cells.

Next, Dr. Nguyen Thach Cuong introduced a promising new model and research method that will provide solutions for individuals suffering from autoimmune diseases such as dermatitis and arthritis.

The event was a great success with a very enthusiastic and positive exchange along with the attendance of researchers and students of BioMedical Science, Pharmacy students from various schools in Danang city.

Some photos of the seminar organized by VNUK

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VNUK signs collaboration agreement with Premier Village Danang Resort

On March 19th 2019, VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education had a signing ceremony of a cooperation agreement with Premier Village Danang Resort.

The signing ceremony is based on the professional capacity and collaboration demands of the two sides to support the training of high-quality human resources in the future based on a practical foundation. Attending the ceremony were Ms. Mai Hoang An – the Head of Talents and Culture of Premier Village Danang Resort. On the Vietnam – UK Research and Training Institute, there are Dr. Nguyen Thi My Huong – the Deputy Director in charge of Vietnam-UK Research and Training Institute (VNUK); along with training advisors, students in International Business Administration (IBM).

Accordingly, both sides committed to promoting the development of cooperative relationships with a voluntary spirit. The two sides discussed the internship program attached closely to the practical requirements, market and enterprises needs; student training coordination; retraining human resources for enterprises through training programs and training courses; supporting students, lecturers and businesses in the process of collecting learning materials, exchanging experiences; signing consulting contracts; coordinating recruitment, introducing and supplying human resources; catering the demands of the labor market; etc.

This is an opportunity for VNUK students, particularly for International Business and Management students, to interact with businesses towards the goal of developing abundant human resources in the future.

In addition, the cooperation agreement also creates favorable conditions for students from VNUK Institute for Research and Executive Education to join the internship and practical research at Premier Village Danang Resort. This made the best performance in combining training and practice. The collaborative platform ensures a variety of internship opportunities for students and also brings promising career opportunities for VNUK students after graduation.

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