Building Open Opportunities for Students and Teachers in Vietnam
1.3.2013 - 31.12.2014
The first phase of the HEI-ICI project 'Improving Education Leadership and Management Capacity of Quang Tri Teacher Training College' was implemented in 2011-2012. The main beneficiary institution was Quang Tri Teacher Training College (QTTTC), situated in central Vietnam. Other project partners were JAMK University of Applied Sciences – Teacher Education College (coordinator) and HAMK University of Applied Sciences – Professional Teacher Education Unit from Finland as well as Hue University College of Education from Central Vietnam.
Quang Tri Teacher Training College is a public higher education institution under the authority of the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam. Its mission focuses on training and developing human resources and conducting scientific research in order to meet the demand for educational administrators, teachers, cadres, civil servants and technicians and contribute in socio-economic development of the region. QTTTC will apply for a community university status in 2015.
The purpose of the first phase of the project was that QTTTC has acquired new educational leadership and management skills in order to better respond to the challenges of the on-going higher education sector reform in Vietnam. The project enhanced capacity of administrative staff to direct and support the change in relation to new credit-based curriculum system and related quality assurance work. Secondly, teaching staff's capacity was supported in using new pedagogical methods and credit-based curriculum implementation. According to the external evaluation, the project reached its objectives successfully. However, further support for is still needed, especially in relation to developing e-learning and relevance of education (working life cooperation).
There is no tradition in the region or in Vietnam in general that higher education institutions and working life representatives cooperate. Higher education institutions and the labour market are seen very separate and the word of work is not opened up to students during their studies. Likewise, employers and HE institutions do not have joint platforms to improve the relevance of training or to discuss about challenges in developing the region.
On the other hand, resources at QTTTC to invest in ICT are almost non-existent. QTTTC has a new building for new Learning Resource Centre. However, there are no resources to equip it with necessary technology. To be able to diversify students learning and improve their working life skills, investments in new technology are needed.
Thus, the focus of the second phase of the project would shift from structural development inside the college into opening up new teaching and learning environments for teachers and students through using ICT in education more effectively and developing cooperation with the labour market through project-based learning. These result areas will in turn improve students working life skills and enhance regional development. This is important, because QTTTC is seen as a catalyst for change and socio-economic development as the only higher education institution in the region.
The approach for capacity development during the second phase of the project is that JAMK and HAMK together with Hue University College of Education and a new partner form Vietnam – University of Technical Education Ho Chi Minh City - facilitate QTTTC in the development work through Training of Trainers (ToT) approach. It is planned that QTTTC will form three development teams around the result areas of the project: ICT in education (ICTE); partnering with working life and project-based learning; and action research methodology. The teams will include five to ten persons per team, with two persons in each team having a coordinating role. The team members will be supported through several workshops (face-to-face and on-line) during the development work and tutoring for other staff members of QTTTC in relation to the defined result areas. The project will also include a study visit to Finland in relation to ICTE and working life cooperation. The study visit is necessary to model the way HE institutions cooperate with enterprises and employers and what that would mean in practice for management, teachers and students at QTTTC.
The second phase of the project, coordinated by JAMK, is planned to be implemented between March 2013 – December 2014.