The internationally-funded Higher Engineering Education Alliance Programme (Heeap) is to have its budget strengthened by 2 million USD to improve technical education and vocational training in Vietnam.

Under a commitment released in Ho Chi Minh City on April 18, the US Agency for International Development will join with the Arizona State University (ASU), Siemens and the Intel Group in providing financial and technical assistance for eight leading technical universities and vocational colleges to work out innovations to improve their performances.

Quality in teachers’ training and students’ internships is another priority in the programme, which will also offer scholarships for Vietnamese teachers and students for higher education at the ASU.

The Heeap is a joint scheme among USAID, Intel, ASU, the Ministry of Education and Training, and the General Department for Vocational Training./.