A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the US’s higher education programme for leading Vietnamese engineering universities was signed in Ho Chi Minh City on August 24.

Under the MoU, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will work together with the Intel group, the Arizona State University (ASU) and the Portland State University (PSU) to carry out the programme.

The five pilot Vietnamese beneficiaries are the Hanoi University of Technology, the HCM City University of Technology, Can Tho University, the HCM City Technical Teaching University and Da Nang University of Technology.

The three-year programme has a total investment of 2.5 million USD, of which Intel is contributing 1.5 million USD. It will focus on training lecturers, helping them to compile curricula, draw up lesson plans and apply advanced teaching methods in Vietnam.

As part of the programme, 25 Vietnamese lecturers from engineering universities will be provided with summer training courses every year at the ASU and PSU. They will continue to receive further help on how to apply new teaching methods from US specialists after finishing their training courses.

The programme will help to train a pool of skilled lecturers for Vietnam’s engineering universities, said US Ambassador to Vietnam Michael Michalak.

Meanwhile Deputy Minister of Education and Training Bui Van Ga affirmed that the move is in line with Vietnam’s human recourses development strategy as well as the training goals of individual engineering universities in Vietnam.

It is also expected to partially meet Intel Vietnam’s demand for human resources, he added./.