The second Vietnam Engineering Education Conference (VEEC) opened in Ho Chi Minh City on March 25 under the theme “Transformative Change: Educating Engineers to Innovate the Future of Vietnam”.

The two-day conference, organised by the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Programme (HEEAP) of the US, has attracted 300 Vietnamese and foreign experts.

Deputy Minister of Education and Training Bui Van Ga said the annual event will offer an opportunity for participants to share experiences and utilise partnerships to bring a sustainable change to Vietnam’s education.
Within the programme, participants are set to present advanced education methods such as blended and flipped classrooms and massive open online courses.

Partner groups in industry and education will also discuss ways to inspire engineers and build a partnership in education and scientific research between the State and the private sector.

HEEAP was founded in 2010 by the US Agency for International Development, the Intel group, and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering under the Arizona State University.

In Vietnam, it has helped organisations such as the Ministry of Education and Training and the Saigon High-Tech Park train high-quality workforces. As many as 178 lecturers have been trained in the US under the programme so far.-VNA