HUST advances staff capacity through "EQUIP" Project in Collaboration with Cardiff Metropolitan University

Tuesday - 03/10/2023 23:38
Staff capacity enhancement is one of the key objectives of Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) outlined in its 'Development Strategy for 2017-2025.' As part of the "Enabling an Environment of Quality for International HE Partnerships between the UK and Vietnam - EQUIP" project, faculty and staff at HUST engaged in a two-day professional development training program from October 2-3. The training aimed to instill knowledge about quality processes aligning with international standards within the context of local culture.
The training program of project EQUIP implemented at Hanoi University of Science and Technology
The training program of project EQUIP implemented at Hanoi University of Science and Technology
Supported by the British Council, the EQUIP project is carried out through the collaboration of two British organizations, namely Cardiff Metropolitan University and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, along with three Vietnamese universities, including Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam National University Hanoi, and the HCMC University of Technology. The project, focusing on training and accreditation program development, is scheduled for a 26-month implementation period, spanning from January 2022 to March 2024.

Dr. Tran Thi Viet Nga, a lecturer at HUST's School of Materials Science, emphasized the program's utility, stating, "This program is very useful for myself as well as other lecturers and stakeholders. I have had an overview, comparing the strengths and weaknesses of my university with a famous university in the UK. Through that, I learned how to build a detailed and attractive curriculum and outline for students."
35 lecturers of HUST participating in the training program
The overarching objective of the EQUIP project is to facilitate the international recognition of Higher Education qualifications in Vietnam. This is achieved by creating an enabling environment that supports deepened participation in educational partnerships between the UK and Vietnam, fostering transnational educational cooperation and encouraging students to study abroad. The project builds on the success of prior collaborations between Cardiff Metropolitan University and Vietnamese institutions.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a focal point, with the project concentrating on assessing professional qualification standards in AI and computer science. The initiative will contribute to the professional development of lecturers, featuring a two-phase training program: phase 1 targets lecturers in the AI/computer science department, while phase 2 extends to all lecturers.
Lecturer of Cardiff Met University shared during the program
The EQUIP project aims to develop a community of practice, fostering effective and long-term cooperation between UK and Vietnamese universities. Key to the project is the development of the EQUIP toolkit, which will be disseminated through the UK quality accreditation agency for higher education (QAA) to the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), the Center for Educational Quality Accreditation in Vietnam, and the British Council.

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