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4/8/2018 11:20:53 AM

Canada continues supporting Vietnamese vocational colleges in multi fields

(VNF) - In March and April, colleges in Vietnam are continuing to be benefited by the Vietnam Skills Employment development programme (VSEP), sponsored by the Canadian government.

The colleges' managers, staff and lecturers have been acquiring valuable knowledges and skills to upgrade their expertise from Canadian experts. 

Strengthening working capacity for students service staff

On the first week of March, from March 5-9, Manager of International Student Services at Niagara College, Shawna Luey, visited and worked at Vinh Long Community College (VLCC) on her mission to support the college on Student Services. 

Ms. Shawna Luey in an introductory session on Student services (Photo: VSEP/ Binh Mai)

During the 5-day training, the Canadian expert met with VLCC’s staff and Student service team to introduce key concepts and strategies on inclusive supports for students. This helped the team recognize a variety of advising approaches and apply these strategies to a communication template adapted to VLCC needs.

In addition, a variety of Peer to Peer Support Systems such as Peer Mentor Support Model, Student Assistant Support Model, Peer Tutoring Model were addressed in which the team could relate examples provided to the needs of VLCC and use a logic model to draft a peer support implementation plan.

Furthermore, the workshop gave the VLCC’s student service staff the chance to explore different perspectives in student career readiness and community partnerships such as career support service, alumni and community agencies.

The trainees later were asked to summarize the needs of VLCC student career readiness skills and analyzed the on campus and community resources available or required to support career readiness. On top of that,  student engagement and activities was also one of the focus topics where the participants were required to design a plan to implement an activity and a club on campus to address some student-focus group needs. 

Finally, staff in VLCC were provided with individual and small team coaching sessions on practical approaches to supporting student success.

Luey conducted small team coaching sessions with the college staff on Practical Approaches to Supporting Student Success (Photo: VSEP/ Binh Mai)

Strengthening colleges and enterprises' relations

On March 9-10 and March 12-13, in HCM.City and Hanoi, two training courses on “Building Community and Employer Relationships” were provided for more than 60 college leaders by the Training Center for Advanced Management (TCAM) . 

The course was conducted with the supports from Niagara College Canada. It covered the strategies and motivations for building community and employer relationships as well as the key steps, roles, and guidelines for developing strong partnerships.

During the course, participants were equipped with skills to identify effective engagement strategies that would be “win-win” for the colleges and their partners in the government, the community and employers.

They also received guidance on selecting best practices in academic and student engagement with employers, governments and the community including building the value and image of colleges, staff and students.

Certificate presented to the participants by TCAM Director-Le Quang Minh, VSEP Director- Michael Emblem and Niagara College Vice President-  Sean Kennedy (Photo: VSEP/Binh Mai) 

Strengthening technical training capacity

From April 2-13, a group of twelve faculty staff and lecturers from Food and Pharmaceutical Faculty of Hau Giang Community College (HGCC) has been attending a faculty skills upgrading mission at Durham College (DC) in Canada.

HGCC delegation and Academic Vice-President of DC (Photo: VSEP/Binh Mai) 

This study tour aims to develop the capacity of HGCC faculty to teach the new curriculum of Food and Pharmaceutical Program, in an applied, student-centred approach.  

The participants have had opportunities to explore a variety of teaching and learning resources and assessment methods through visits of a variety of classes and labs for topics such as chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, analytical techniques, organic chemistry, and food science. During each lab and class learning experience, each participant will be asked to complete a classroom observation record, actively reflecting on the teaching tools, learning strategies, learning resources used in each class or course.

HGCC Faculty in a Biochemistry lab observation (VSEP Photo/ Binh Mai)

On the second week, HGCC faculty staff will participate in reflective activities to integrate learning and will complete a brief lesson, using a lesson plan that incorporates ideas, student centred learning strategies, and resources from the first week. In addition to the class and lab visits and the lessons, participants will be scheduled to tour and learn about various DC service areas and departments, namely, Teaching and Learning centre, Student Services centre. The group will also meet with DC Faculty for additional discussion about class and lab development, equipment, and supplies.

Launched on October 28, 2014, VSEP is a DFATD-Canada-funded project to help Vietnam strengthen its technical and vocational education and training system. VSEP has been directly assisting the provinces of Binh Thuan, Hau Giang and Vinh Long to better align its human resource planning with industry needs through the development of three exemplary industry-driven, applied, community college-level programs in the provinces’ key economic sectors.

The project will also strengthen technical and vocational education and training leadership and management through the development of two Training Centres for Advanced Management (TCAMS)–one at VNU-HCM and one at National Institute of Education Management, Hanoi. These Centres will be the ‘go to’ places for leadership and management training. Training will be practical and applied, using modern approaches such as case studies and project-based assignments in flexible delivery formats to develop leaders for the TVET institutions of tomorrow./.

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