Ministry of Education and USAID Sign First Memorandum of Understanding to Improve Higher Education in Vietnam | Company

At the signing ceremony (Photo: U.S. Embassy Hanoi)

Hanoi (VNA) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced on September 12 that it had signed its first-ever Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Education and Training
of Vietnam (MOET) to improve the quality of Vietnamese higher education.

MOET Minister Nguyen Kim Son and USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Aler Grubbs signed the MoU Sept. 9 at a ceremony hosted by MOET.

The MOU builds on USAID’s decade-long cooperation with Vietnam on higher education partnership programs. The MoU extends USAID support to MOET to advance Vietnamese higher education to be even more innovative and competitive.

“We commend the government of Vietnam for its reforms aimed at building a globally competitive higher education system,” Mission Director Grubbs said during a speech at the ceremony. “This first-ever Memorandum of Understanding between USAID and the Ministry of Education and Training marks our continued commitment to collaborate on a wide range of higher education partnership programs that will directly support the ambitious reform goals of higher education from MOET.

Education Minister Son thanked the US government for its support to Vietnam, especially its extensive cooperation with Vietnam in terms of education-training and scientific research.

Sharing that Vietnamese higher education is standing in the face of a “major revolution”, Son said that in this process, internal efforts play a key role, but external support will also be important, and asked for assistance. continuing US government and education. establishments.

Vietnam’s 2018 revised higher education law brings significant changes to move the country towards a more open higher education system.

The law defines the details allowing public universities to have new authorities in terms of curricula, recruitment, registrations, mobilization and management of resources.

USAID said it supports Vietnam’s efforts to modernize its higher education system.

In partnership with American higher education institutions and the private sector, USAID was helping Vietnamese universities improve academic quality and strengthen institutional governance to serve as modern models of higher education and stimulate the socioeconomic development of the country. Vietnam. Many of these programs had linked Vietnamese universities with leading American higher education institutions and private sector companies to develop innovations in teaching and learning, accreditation, curriculum reform , research and university-industry links.

With the signature of PEUSAID would support MOET with a new project that would provide direct technical assistance to review and improve higher education policies.

Improved policies would advance university autonomy, quality assurance, digital transformation and innovations in key sectors that are critical to Vietnam’s continued economic growth and development.