Australia helps Vietnam enhance quality of online education

Thursday, 2017-03-16 06:03:00
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The signing ceremony for the MoU on ensuring the quality of online education between Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training and the TEQSA (Credit: dantri.com.vn)
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NDO – Representatives from the Australian Government, in collaboration with the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training, held a seminar in Hanoi on March 16 to discuss measures to enhance the quality of online education in Vietnam.

Addressing the seminar, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Pham Manh Hung said that Australia is one of the leading countries providing scholarships to Vietnam, with over 400 scholarships granted per year.

Currently, Vietnam has nearly 24,000 overseas students studying and researching at universities and research institutes in Australia, added the Deputy Minister.

He emphasised that the impacts of the fourth industrial revolution have created challenges for higher education in Vietnam and the world in innovating training models and programmes as well as enrolment methods. Therefore, online education will become an indispensable trend.

In Vietnam, 23 educational institutions have opened online education programmes drawing the participation of more than 87,000 students, hence, it is essential to promptly set out regulations to ensure the quality of this advanced training model, said Deputy Minister Hung.

For his part, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick said that Australia is committed to supporting educational reforms in Vietnam and online education will provide great opportunities for universities in Vietnam and Australia.

The online education quality assurance tool was first considered by 13 APEC member economies in October 2016 and is currently under trial before it receives approval by APEC in late 2017.

The tool establishes a series of criteria to help educational organisations evaluate the quality of online and semi-online educational programmes. Vietnam is one of three countries receiving support from the project.

At the seminar, experts from Australia and Vietnam discussed directions and challenges for Vietnam in verifying online education in order to set out measures to improve the support provided by the tool.

On the occasion, Ministry of Education and Training and the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on ensuring the quality of online education.