Kick-off meeting of “Strategic Human Resources Management for Southeast Asian Universities-HR4ASIA” project in the framework of Eramus+ programme



In the morning of March 23rd, 2017, the University ofDanang (UD), in collaboration with partner institutions, successfully organized the kick-off meeting of the HR4Asia project (Strategic Human Resources Management for Southeast Asian Universities). The two-day sessionsattracted 25 delegates from 12 organizations and universities of 8 countries around the world.

UD has been selected as the Coordinator Institution of HR4Asia which has been granted by European Community with the funding of 810,985 EUR. The duration of the project is expected to be implemented in 3 years from 2017 to 2019. There are 12 universities/ organizations participating in HR4Asia. The purpose of the project is to improve the quality of human resource management for Southeast Asian universitiesby organizing short-term training courses on the construction and implementation of human resource management strategy as well as building the connection network among universities to share experiences ad information relating to human resources management among members under the support of European universities.                Speaking at the opening session, Prof.Dr. Tran Van Nam – President of UD emphasized that this is an excellent opportunity for UD to establish a close relationship with other institutions and discuss about activities towards the success of the project in the upcoming time. With the experience accumulated in participating in European Community projects such as EMMA, EMMA EAST, EMMAsia, HUB4GROWTH ...,President Tran Van Nam believed that UD would cooperate well with other partners as well as implement this project successfully. In addition, Prof. Dr. Tran Van Nam also hoped that together with HR4Asia, there would be more and more significant achievements in bilateral and multilateral cooperation between universities and organizations.

Prof. Dr. Tran Van Nam delivered the opening remark

Prof. Le Trong Hung – Director of Science Technology and Environment Department, Ministry of Education and Training presented the presentation

It can be seen that the process of socio-economic development and globalization has been influencing the human resources management in higher education around the world. In Southeast Asian countries, the HR system has to face many challenges and mainly focuses on factors such as quality, state’s spending budgets in education, the compliance with real needs of labor market and society, the suitable management mechanism and the approach in higher education.

On this basis, the HR4Asia is implemented to support the modification in Southeast Asian higher education institutions by reforming the human resources strategy management system, the concrete content is as follows: - Improve the capacity of human resource management in Southeast Asian universities to enhance the operation efficiency of the organization; - Improve the strategic planning of human resources in Southeast Asian universities to gain more autonomy in personnel matters; - Establish the ASEAN University HR Networkas a regional forum to exchange information, experience and resources.

Assoc. Prof. VoTrung Hung – Director of R&D Department, Leader of the project disseminated implementation plan and work packages of the project


There are 12 units participating in The HR4Asia project, four of which are Agora Institute for Knowledge Management (Spain), Universidade de Évora (Portugal), Universitàdi Siena (Italy), Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania), and 8 Asian universities (Prince of Songkla University, Thammasat University (Thailand), Royal University of Phnom Penh, SvayRieng University (Cambodia), National University of Laos (Laos), Qui Nhon University, the University of Danang (Vietnam) and the Ministry of Education and Training).

The meetings took place on March 23-24, 2017. In the meeting,  delegates had chance to listened to 12 reports sharing experience and the current human resource management model of partner universities, discussing the plan, methods and tools to support the project management, ...

From the left to right and the top to bottom: Representatives of Qui Nhon University, SvayRieng University, Laos National University, and Thammasat University introduced and shared their human resource management models.