In the morning of October 7, 2019, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Vu – President of the University of Danang (UD) had a meeting with Ms. Francesca Woodward – CEO the Cambridge Assessment English (CEA), the University of Cambridge, the UK. Attendees at the meeting were Ms. Lim Cheng Pier - Regional Director (Southeast Asia and Pacific), Ms. Pham Hong Uyen - Head of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia region; Ms. Luu Minh Hien - Director of Vietnam Office and representative leader of authorized Cambridge Assessment English in Danang.
Overview of the meeting
On the side of UD, there was the participation of Dr. Phan Minh Duc - Vice Rector of the University of Science and Technology - UD, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Long - Vice Rector of University of Foreign Language Studies - UD, Dr. Nguyen Thi My Huong – Interim Rector of VN-UK Institution for Research and Executive Education (VN-UK), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phan Van Hoa - Director of the Cambridge Assessment English in Danang and other leaders of UD’s related departments. At the meeting, Ms. Francesca Woodward introduced the highlights of the international testing activities of the Council in Vietnam, thereby expressed her desire to lay the foundations for the long-term cooperation between UD and University of Cambridge in general, between Cambridge Assessment English and UD and its members in particular.
President of UD offered souvenir to CEO of CEA
Talking at the meeting, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Vu - President of UD has introduced the highlights of UD as one of the three major centers of education, training and scientific research in Vietnam, consisting 12 member universities and affiliations with nearly 2500 staff, lecturers and more than 55,000 students, having adequate and modern facilities and its advantage of being based in Da Nang city, a nucleus acting as a driving force for the development of key economic region of the Central region and Western Highlands. In the context of deeper international integration, UD always attaches great importance to and has a strategy to continuously improve foreign language skills and other international standards for lecturers and students to meet all requirement in fields of training, scientific research, international cooperation as well as to help students be ready to adapt to the requirements of the domestic and foreign labor markets. The UD’s President has affirmed that the potential for cooperation between the two sides is huge and wishes this will be a good start for the cooperation of the two sides as well as with the English Testing Council.
Group photo of all delegates
At the meeting, the leaders of the two sides and the participants discussed, learnt about opportunities and proposed contents of cooperation in the following areas: to improve the capacity of the teaching staff and coordinate in the testing activities; To improve the methodology of teaching, learning and testing English to enhance the quality of training in international standards in university members and affiliations of UD; To coordinate in training courses, examinations of Cambridge International certificate as well as workshops, professional development training programs; To implement tests according to standard of Cambridge English exams for students and study on improvement of standard of English requirement for undergraduate and graduate students’ output following the international standards.
UD has adequate resources for investment in order to enhance the quality of English language training following international standards
Cambridge English Assessment is the world's leading English-language testing organisation with a history and tradition of nearly 100 years of operation, and has been recognized by more than 100 prestigious universities and multinational corporations as a "measure" of competency for people and employees. The organisation contributed to the development of the European Common Language Reference framework (CEFR) used worldwide to assess language skills. In the atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect, leaders of two sides have acknowledge and agreed on all proposals for cooperation and assigned related functional departments to follow up in order to sign the Memorandum of Understanding to create the foundation as well as facilitate the UD’s university members to implement effective and sustainable cooperation agreements contributing to the development of a model of learning and testing standards for staff and students in the trend of regional and international education integration.