Integrate Education Quality And Start-Up Since College-Time

In the context of deep and wide regional and international integration, grasping and pioneering the integration are the advantages for the development of each unit and organization. Following this trend, with our vital role in the Vietnamese education system, Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City (VNUHCM) constantly improved the education quality, gradually integrated into the standards of the region and the world.

Education Quality Integration

To achieve successful integration, VNUHCM needs to improve and strengthen the management mechanism, promote the initiative and creativity of the member units in terms of a common valuable and cultural standards of the whole system. Among which, quality assurance must be considered as a key task. Therefore, throughout the chain of strategies, VNUHCM identified the theme of the year 2017 is Integration of education quality.

Over the last periods, VNUHCM has obtained remarkable achievements such as operating throughout the internal quality assurance system from VNU-level to its member schools; implementing and widely applying the CDIO principle (Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate) in training technology innovation; enhancing staff competencies; applying control and quality management tools… Those aspects have contributed to the formation and spread of quality culture throughout VNUHCM system.

Up to now, all 6 member universities of VNUHCM have been evaluated and recognized as accredited quality standards; among which, 5 have met the standards of Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training; VNUHCM-University of Technology alone is accredited by the High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES) is accredited by the ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) in September 2017. It is expected that in October this year, VNUHCM-International University (VNUHCM-IU) and VNUHCM-University of Social Sciences and Humanities (VNUHCM-USSH) will be evaluated in accordance with the standards of the ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA).

VNUHCM is also the leading unit of the nation in term of the quality of the programs accredited as regional and international standards. VNUHCM has had 30 programs accredited in accordance with the standards of AUN-QA, accounting for 50 per cent of all the accredited programs of Vietnam, 2 programs (the first two ones throughout the nation) were accredited in accordance with the standards of the American Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 7 programs were accredited in accordance with the standards of European and French and European Association of Engineers (Commission des titres d’ingénieur  – CTI), 2 programs met the standards of American Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA). In 2016, VNUHCM rises to the 147th rank in Asia, according to QS ASIA (54 ranks higher than in 2015).

In the coming time, VNUHCM will continue to implement activities to standardize international training programs by enhancing quality assurance and at the end 2017-2022 period, all of education institutions under VNUHCM will be accredited by AUN-QA.

Those achievements were resulted by the commitments of VNUHCM leaders to create favorable conditions for the member units and the consensus of all staff, lecturers, students, supporting forces for the aim of improving the training quality, scientific research and community service. VNUHCM will continue to bring into play its role, strengths and responsibilities in promoting the development of the national education system through sharing experiences, exchanging cooperation with peer units, actively partaking in consulting the state management agencies in building and perfecting the system of mechanisms and policies for quality assurance and accreditation… VNUHCM will persevere and promote the quality of training and research to be worthy of the role and mission assigned by the Party and State, to become the leading university system in Asia, to be the convergence center of science, technology, culture and knowledge of Vietnam.

Photo 1: Start-up Fair held by VNUHCM-ITP

Start-up since college-time

The 4.0 industrial revolution and the transformation of the world economy into the knowledge economy are putting Vietnam ahead of new opportunities and challenges. In order that Vietnam can best utilize of the opportunities and minimize the challenges of the industrial revolution, higher education in general and education in particular need to be fundamentally and completely renovated to create a new generation of skilled intellectuals in a globalized, complex and fast changing environment.

Promoting entrepreneurship and innovation is a major policy of the Party and the State, as addressed in the Government’s Resolution No. 35/NQ-CP dated 16th May 2016 on supporting and developing enterprises by 2020, Decision No. 844/QD-TTg dated May 18th, 2016 by the Prime Minister approval for assistance policies on national innovative startup ecosystem to 2025.

Being the core of the national education system, VNUHCM has deployed the system and made practical contributions to shaping programs and policies to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in Ho Chi Minh City. Especially, the pilot VNUHCM-Information Technology Park (VNUHCM-ITP), a member of Quang Trung Software City Chain (QTSC), was established by the Prime Minister in accordance with the Decision No. 333/QD-TTg dated March 03rd, 2016  – has gradually become a dynamic start-up cluster in the field of information and communication. VNUHCM-ITP is currently attracting over active 40 start-up units, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that almost every single project engages students. There are approximately 300 students taking long-term internships at VNUHCM-ITP annually. Among which, the number of founding and co-founding students in startups accounts for nearly 10 percent. To 2020, VNUHCM-ITP is expected to gather 100 companies and create 2000 employments and bring opportunities to over 2000 students.

This is the period that educational institutions that want to exist and sustainably development must derive from real quality and build a solid foundation towards assuring quality and taking advantage of integration as well as robust startup movement. I believe that, with the thorough strategy of quality assurance, the sensitivity and determination expressed by our leaders, lecturers, scientists, the efforts made by students and graduate students, combined with the advocacy and effective assistance of the State and society, VNUHCM will strongly develop on the harsh yet glorious pathway of education.

On the occasion of the Opening of the 2017-2018 school year, we would like to wish all teachers, cadres, civil servants, laborers and students a new school year full of energy, freshness, creativity and success.

PROF. HUYNH THANH DAT

 PRESIDENT OF VNUHCM