The University of Da Nang (UD) held the international conference "University-Enterprise Cooperation in Asia: Trends and Challenges" in the morning of October 06th, 2017. The Conference is part of the European Commission-funded Project Hub4Growth. In which, UD is the coordinator of the project.
Currently, in the trend of international integration, promoting cooperation between the university and domestic and foreign enterprises plays a fundamental role in building an education system that best supports the needs of a society. Many studies show that university and business relationships bring direct benefits to both parties and to society. However, in Vietnam and some Asian countries, cooperation between universities and businesses is still limited
“Continuing the successful training workshops of this project, the conference aimed to bring together participants from academia, business, and other stakeholders who are interested in the interplay between education and economic developmentto develop solutions for new challenges in university-business cooperation between Asian universities” – shared Prof. Tran Van Nam
Prof. Tran Van Nam delivered opening speech.
Reportedly, UD has been selected as the Coordinator Institution of HUB4GROWTH which has been granted by European Community with the funding of 742,129 Euros (Seven hundred forty two thousand and one hundred twenty nine Euros). This is the first time that the Vietnamese university has been selected as a Coordinator of Erasmus + Programme. The duration of the Project is from 2016 to 2018 with 04 participating European universities (London Metropolitan University – the UK, University of the Peloponnese - Greece, Mykolas Romeris University – Lithuania and Agora Institute for Knowledge Management – Spain), 08 Asian Universities (Royal University of Phnom Penh – Cambodia, Svay Rieng University – Cambodia, Tribhuvan University – Nepal, Purbanchal University – Nepal, Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences – Mongolia, CITI Institute of Mongolia – Mongolia, Thang Long University - Vietnam and the University of Danang) and 04 Chamber of Commerce and Industry of 04 Asian countries. Assoc.Prof.Dr. Vo Trung Hung – Director of the R&D Department, UD has been appointed as the coordinator of the Project.
The Project’s aim is towards support to Asian universities in heightening universities-business partnership in which the main two tasks will focus on providing staff of Asian universities with short-term training courses in Europe on knowledge and skills of collaboration with businesses (at least 20 staff of each university in Asia will be trained and fostered) and establishment of University - Enterprise Centers at Asian universities. The European universities will develop training programs, resources (books, guidance documentation, online training website) and organize study tours and practical training courses, ect.. to help strengthen the cooperation capacity of university – business for Asian universities.
Mr. Nizar Ayadi – Agora Institute for Knowledge Management and Development (photo on the right-hand side) introduced about Hub4Growth project
With more than 19 presentations by domestic and international experts and scientists, the conference allowed meaningful exchange and discussion among universities and businesses regarding useful and practical solutions for the university-enterprise cooperation development in the face of new trends and challenges.
“This international conference will be the first step in a long-term, sustainable partnership from partner universities and the business community. It will provide domestic and international opportunities for collaborative development in research and technology transfer, training program evaluation, joint research projects, and employment for graduates” - expressed Prof. Tran Van Nam