The Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, as a member of the Partnership for Higher Education Reform, is part of a five-year, $14 million project to strengthen teaching and research at three national universities in Vietnam. The effort is being funded by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development.
IU says the program will help the institutions become more sustainable, accountable and autonomous. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs professor Anh Tran is spearheading the Partnership for Higher Education Reform.
“For Vietnam, modernizing higher education will upskill its labor force, allowing Vietnam to enter more high-tech industries and achieve higher economic growth in the future,” said Tran Tran. “The U.S. government and USAID have invested significantly in Vietnam because of the U.S.-Vietnam comprehensive partnership in higher education, trade, climate change and national security.”
Tran says the program focuses on strengthening university governance and financial systems, provide faculty training in designing state-of-the-art courses, and facilitate research collaborations and expanded research capacity.
The three universities are Vietnam National University-Hanoi, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City and the University of Danang.