USAID and Ministry of Education sign first MoU to improve higher education in Vietnam

Minister of Education and Training Nguyễn Kim Sơn (right) and USAID/Việt Nam Mission Director Aler Grubbs signed a first-ever Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education and Training Việt Nam Training (MOET) to improve the quality of Vietnamese. higher education on Friday. — Photo of the United States Embassy in Hà Nội

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced on Monday that it has signed its first-ever Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education and Training of Việt Nam (MOET) to improve the quality of Vietnamese higher education.

MOET Minister Nguyễn Kim Sơn and USAID/Việt Nam Mission Director Aler Grubbs signed the MOU on Friday evening, September 9, at a ceremony hosted by MOET.

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

“We commend the government of Việt Nam 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 Sơn thanked the US government for its support to Việt Nam, especially its extensive cooperation with Việt Nam in education-training and scientific research.

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

Việt Nam’s revised higher education law of 2018 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 Việt Nam’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 signing of the MoU, USAID 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 Việt Nam’s continued economic growth and development. —VNS