Vietnamese education ministry delegation explores strengthening collaboration with UK institutions

Deputy Minister Hoang Minh Son emphasized the strengthened collaboration between higher education institutions in Vietnam and the UK across areas such as training, research, and academic exchange.

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A delegation from Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training is aiming to strengthen its partnerships in the UK – with the two countries exploring the viability of UK education institutions expanding their presence in Vietnam.

The delegation, led by Deputy Minister Hoang Minh Son, participated in the Going Global conference by the British Council and attended the launch ceremony of the Transnational Education strategy in Edinburgh.
He emphasized the strengthened collaboration between higher education institutions in Vietnam and the UK across areas such as training, research, and academic exchange during the Vietnam-UK principals’ forum on cooperation between institutes, schools, and enterprises for sustainable development.

He also expressed appreciation for the UK’s support in improving higher education quality in Vietnam, fostering cooperation between universities in innovation, digital transformation, energy transition, human resources development, and enhancing the quality of English teaching and learning in the Vietnamese education system.

Meetings and memoranda

Son held bilateral meetings with officials from the UK Department for Education and Department of International Trade, and also with representatives from the British Council on Nov. 22.

During these events, both parties discussed measures to promote cooperation and support for Vietnam in areas such as digital transformation in education, AI development, semiconductors, green energy, and emissions reduction. In addition, discussions were held regarding the possibility of opening branches of top-ranked UK universities in Vietnam.

On Nov. 22 and 23, the working delegation visited and had working sessions with Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge to explore opportunities for education cooperation. During the visit, nine Memoranda of Understanding were signed between Vietnam and British universities, enterprises, and the association of Vietnamese intellectuals in the UK and Ireland.

2023 also marks 50 years of UK-Vietnam diplomatic relations and 30 years of the British Council in Vietnam. The delegation’s participation in the Going Global Education Conference is expected to enhance the higher education partnership between the two countries, fostering collaboration in teaching, learning, and research across various disciplines and professional sectors.

Vietnamese and Irish collaboration in research

Earlier in July, the Vietnam Embassy in the UK and Ireland’s Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science met in Dublin to explore educational, scientific, and technological collaboration.

Deputy Ambassador To Minh Thu praised agreements between Vietnam and Ireland, particularly in higher education, with university and postgraduate scholarships going to Vietnamese students. Currently, 150 Vietnamese students are studying in Ireland.

Thu proposed continued collaboration in research and student exchange, implementation of Vietnam’s Project 89 into Irish universities, and promotion of Ireland as a destination for Vietnamese researchers.

She also suggested new scholarship programs to replace the recently ended Irish Development Experience and Sharing program. She also proposed sci-tech exchanges between Ireland and Vietnam to strengthen bilateral collaboration in critical areas.

Recent forum between Vietnam and UK

Recently, a forum jointly organized by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training, the British Embassy in Hanoi, and the British Council, brought together over 200 higher education leaders from both nations.

The event aimed to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences while showcasing case studies that can serve as a blueprint for future collaborations.

Nathan Yasis

Nathan Yasis

Nathan studied information technology and secondary education in college. He dabbled in and taught creative writing and research to high school students for three years before settling in as a digital journalist.

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Nathan studied information technology and secondary education in college. He dabbled in and taught creative writing and research to high school students for three years before settling in as a digital journalist.

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