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Enabling an environment of Quality for International HE Partnerships between the UK and Vietnam' (EQUIP)

Project Partners

  1. Cardiff Metropolitan University (CMET)- Lead

  2. Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)

  3. Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT)

  4. Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST)

  5. National Economics University (NEU)

  6. Vietnam National University (VNU)

Project Summary:

The overarching aim of the EQUIP project aims to facilitate international recognition of Vietnam HE qualifications by forging an enabling environment that supports the deepening of engagement in UK-Vietnam TNE; creating an environment through which international collaborations in TNE and student mobility can flourish. This project builds on the success of CMET’s previous UK-VN Education Partnerships project (2018-2020), in which CMET worked with NEU and the QAA to enhance quality assurance and quality enhancement processes in learning and teaching. 

A priority discipline area for this Strand is Artificial Intelligence (AI). It is the intention of this project to focus on benchmarking of qualifications in AI, as well as the wider field of Computer Science, leading to the subsequent professional development of staff. 

Training will be developed following an analysis phase of the current situation and the completion of the benchmarking exercise to ensure the package is in line with the findings. Two stages of training will take place: firstly, to AI/Computing Departmental Staff, and secondly to all staff. Through the project the partners will implement a Community of Practice between UK and Vietnamese HEIs involving industry, community, organisations and PRBS that will facilitate a fruitful and long-lasting partnership based on mutual collaboration. The culmination of project activities will be in the development of the EQUIP Toolkit which will be collated and disseminated via the QAA to MOET, Centres for Education Accreditation in Vietnam, and British Council. These aims are set out over six key objectives as follows: 

  1. Analysis of the current situation at HCMUT, HUST and VNU to identify areas of best practice and areas in need of development. 

  2. Qualification Benchmarking at all levels that help UK and Vietnamese HEIs improve market understanding, local practices, opportunities, and access for academics of UK HEIs. 

  3. Development and delivery of training with key members of staff at Vietnamese partner HEIs and CMET in AI related departments (Training Group 1). 

  4. Development of a professional development package for all staff at Vietnamese   partner HEIs (Training Group 2) on quality processes encompassing international standards within the local cultural context. 

  5. Implement a Community of Practice between UK and Vietnamese HEIs. 

  6. Develop the EQUIP Toolkit and disseminate nationally. 

EQUIP is supported by a UK-Viet Nam Partnerships for Quality and Internationalisation grant from the British Council. The UK-Viet Nam Partnerships for Quality and Internationalisation grants support capacity building, knowledge exchange and collaboration activities between UK and Viet Nam higher education sector at system and institution level in the areas of Leadership and Governance; Benchmarking HE qualifications and Quality Assurance; and Teaching, Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer. 

UK-Viet Nam Partnerships for Quality and Internationalisation is part of a wider British Council programme called Going Global Partnerships, which builds stronger, more inclusive, internationally connected higher education and TVET systems. 

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