The third annual Vietnam Engineering Education (VEEC) officially took place in March 16th and 17th, 2015 in Danang. The topic of VEEC-2015: "Engineering Education as a Catalyst for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Vietnam". The Conference, this year, was co-organized and co-hosted by University of Science and Technology – the University of Danang (UD) - a partnership of HEEAP, in coordination with Arizona State University (ASU). The partners attending the Conference were USAID, National Instruments, SHTP, Siemens, Cadence, Pearson, Intel, Danaher, Mekong Technologies and Mediasite.
After theopening session, the Conference went into the first session with the facilitation of Mr. Hawking Pham (Head of Consulting, Indochina Capital) and speakers: Dr. Mitzi Montoya (Arizona State University); Tony Wu (Chairman and co-founder of Everest Education); Mr. Chandran Nair (CEO, National Instruments ASEAN); Ms. Phan Hoang Anh (co-founder, Fablab Saigon).
*Fablabis the abbreviation of Fabrication Laboratory, a relatively new model in Vietnam but has been developed in 30 countries in the world. Being the fabrication laboratory, Fablab can also be a mini factory packed in a small room
Reportedly, the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP)is co-operated among the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Arizona State University and Intel Corporation. HEEAP has been launched in June 2010 with the aim to improve the quality of higher education, especially in the field of mechanical and electronics engineering.
So far, VEEC has been a major annual event bringing together global industry, government and academic professionals to discuss transformative ideas and solutions to engineering and technical education programs in Vietnam
The annual conference VEEC includes interactive plenary sessions, panel discussions, technical sessions and seminars with emphasis on partnerships between education, industry and government to innovate and build capacity in engineering and technology innovation in teaching, research and discovery.
Opening remarks by Assoc.Prof. Doan Quang Vinh – Vice President of the University of Danang -Photo: T.Ngoc
The speakers and honored delegates attending VEEC were: Ms. Rena Bitter – U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City; Assoc.Prof.Dr. Pham Quang Hung, Director of Vietnam International Education Development (VIED), Ministry of Education and Training (assigned by Prof. Bui Van Ga, Vice-Minister of Education and Training); Dr. Sonia Ortega – Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF); Mr.Joakim Parker – Director of USAID; Dr. Le Manh Ha – Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City’s People Committee; Mr.Kenny Sng – Director of Solutions Architect at Intel Corporation in Asia and Japan; Prof.Dr. Tran Van Nam – President of the University of Danang and Prof.Dr. Le Kim Hung – Rector of University of Science and Technology – the University of Danang.
Prof.Dr. Le Kim Hung - Rector of University of Science and Technology – the University of Danang and other leaders, staff of the University were attending VEEC 2015.
University of Science and Technology – the University of Danang were one of the key organizers of VEEC 2015, firstly hosted in Danang. - Photo: T. Ngoc
Thepresentations at the conference focused on issue: "How to change the activity of Science - Technology - Engineering - Mathematics and Higher Education in the field of Engineeringby invention movement". In parallel, there were interactive panel discussions between industry/education partners on encouragement of innovative thinking and entrepreneurship in the undergraduate engineering: ideas and models for Vietnam. The other main presentations stressed on "Building bilateral partnerships for the development of Economic and Engineering, the development of Vietnam in the Vision to 2030: How can Higher Education in Engineering be a factor in development promotion."
“Cooperation in education is the steady foundation for bilateral relations between our two countries and HEEAP is a pioneer example of the great results that we can achieve through dynamic public – private relationship.”
* Ms. Rena Bitter, U.S. General Consulate in Viet Nam. Photo: T. Ngoc
The Conference saved space for technology exhibition from HEEAP technology partners and sponsors of VEEC 2015.
Assoc.Prof. Pham Quang Hung, Director of Vietnam International Education Development, Ministry of Education and Training: “Partnersof HEEAP have made important support in innovation, update of program content, teaching and research method at Engineering Universities of Vietnam, contributing to the goal of basic renovation and comprehensive education and training.
VEEC 2015 was the effective bridge promoting public - private partnership, collaboration between government, industry and education - training to enhance innovation and creation in teaching and research in the field of technology engineering.
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