VLU-QA staff participated in the National Scientific Workshop "Teacher training in the context of curriculum and textbook innovation: Policy and practice" at Dong Thap University

On the morning of September 9, 2022, the delegation of Van Lang University attended the National Scientific Workshop co-organized by the Journal of Education – Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and Dong Thap University. The workshop is co-chaired by Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi My Loc, Chairman of the Council of Education, the State Council for Professorship and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van De, Chairman of the Science and Training Council of Dong Thap University.

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Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi My Loc discussed at the Workshop.

The Workshop attracted nearly 300 educational managers, scientists, lecturers, PhD candidates, graduate students, teachers, etc. at universities, research institutes, education and training departments, and high schools to share experiences, visions and opinions on practices, policies related to teacher training and development.

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Some participants took photos at the Workshop.

This is a forum for scientists and experts to exchange and share experiences on teacher training in the context of curriculum and textbook innovation.

The research team of Van Lang University attended the Workshop and presented research results on the quality of university-level teacher training programs in the country from the perspective of quality accreditation results. The abstract of this research work (below) was published in the Proceedings of the Workshop.

Accreditation in Vietnamese higher education has been officially implemented for 20 years with obligatory regulation for all institutions and programs. This study focuses on investigating the quality of undergraduate teacher training programs from accreditation results. The results show that among 76 accredited undergraduate teacher training programs, only one program met 96% and seven programs met 94% of the accreditation criteria. While three programs met 80% of the criteria – the minimum requirement. Among 50 criteria, 27 criteria received an average score under 4.0. Four criteria receiving the lowest average scores are the clarity in the contribution of each course to achieve the learning outcomes, the availability of the library and learning materials, the clear definitions of learning outcomes, and the diversity, validity and reliability of the methods measuring the learning outcomes. Consequently, to ensure quality, higher education institutions offering teacher training programs need to focus on determining clearly the contribution of each course to achieve the program learning outcomes, defining clearly the program learning outcomes, ensuring the validity, reliability, and fairness of learning outcomes measurement methods and ensuring the relevant and up-to-date learning resources”.

This research’s results will contribute to the theoretical basis for further innovations in teacher training and retraining practices, in order to make recommendations to the MOET on policy issues related to teacher training and retraining.

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Dr. Nguyen Huu Cuong, Manager of Department of Quality Assurance presented at the Workshop

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tien Trung, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Education and Dr. Ho Van Thong, Rector of Dong Thap University awarded certificates to keynote speakers

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tien Trung, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Education and the research team of Van Lang University at Workshop

 

 

Developing a Strong VLU Alumni Community

On August 13th, 2022, Van Lang University (VLU) held a meeting between the University Board members and VLU alumni to connect and develop the alumni community. This is a special opportunity for nearly 500 Van Lang alumni to listen to the sharing and orientation from the University and dialogue with the alumni of the previous generations. VLU accompanies the career paths of alumni and expects alumni’s collaborative connections in new roles.

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Dr. Nguyen Cao Tri, Chairman of the Board of Van Lang University sent a meaningful message to alumni: "With the mission of elevating Vietnam's value to the world, Van Lang Education Group builds an innovative education ecosystem. Each VLU alumnus represents the image of the University and brings it to the community and society. VLU wishes to create a strong alumni community (VLU Alumni), so that you yourself will bring the quintessence you have studied back to the University to connect, help and develop together through practical activities.”

02Dr. Nguyen Cao Tri, Chairman of the Board of Van Lang University

 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Thi My Dieu (President) shared: "Alumni are an important force contributing to the development of the University. I appreciate the contributions of VLU alumni throughout the past years through community projects, career counseling and job recruitment. I hope that after today's meeting, you will understand more about VLU's orientations for the alumni community in the near future and realize your responsibility as a VLU alumnus, who inspires the next generations."

03Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Thi My Dieu - President

 

VLU Alumni Association is a place to build and connect the alumni and student community through events, academic seminars, community seminars, Clubs / Teams / Groups. The University maintains an information channel through the Alumni Liaison Committee to help students stay informed in a timely manner and seek employment opportunities at the University. The Postgraduate Institute may be the next home for you to access Master and Doctoral programs with many scholarship policies for alumni.

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Dr. Nguyen Quynh Mai – Director of the Postgraduate Institute.

 

In the discussion section, the graduates of 2022 also had the opportunity to have a conversation with other alumni who have achieved many successes in their careers:

  • Mr. Ly Quang Thang – Co-founder of Koina Agricultural Ecosystem, Alumnus of the Cohort 9, Faculty of Business Administration;
  • MC Thanh Phuong – Producer/Editor/TV MC, Alumnus of the Cohort 11, Faculty of Business Administration;
  • Mr. Ngo Manh Dong – Designer/Founder of 3 brands: NMDD, JEWELRY, Le Beau, Lecturer in Fashion Design at Van Lang University; Alumnus of the Cohort 17, Faculty of Arts and

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Mr. Ngo Manh Dong (first left), MC Thanh Phuong (2nd from left), Mr. Lee Quang Thang (first right)

 

Mr. Lee Quang Thang confided: "When we first graduate, we will have many difficulties in our career, my advice to you is to always improve and train your capacity so as not to be left behind. When facing difficulties, don't give up, think that we can break limits, break barriers, and make a difference. Finally, always be proud to be a VLU student, no matter how far you go, this place will always be your home."

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We wish the VLU Alumni community would develop strongly, accompany the University to create good values for VLU community and the society.

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Source: FaceBook Van Lang Uni

 

 

 

 

Workshop on Program Accreditation According to the National Standards

On the morning of February 23rd, 2022, Van Lang University organized an online workshop on program accreditation according to the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) assessment standards (Circular No. 04/2016/TT-BGDDT dated 14/3/2016). Attending the workshop were the University Board members, deans of faculties, managers of functional units and lecturers of the University.

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Delivering the opening remarks, Prof. Dr. Tran Thi My Dieu (President) clearly stated the meaning and importance of quality assurance and accreditation for the development of Van Lang University, as well as the University's commitment to quality to learners and society. Accreditation of programs reflects the quality of the programs and related to faculties, departments of the University.

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Dr. Nguyen Huu Cuong, Manager of the Quality Assurance Department presented the results of the programs accreditation of Van Lang University according to the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) standards. Up until the present, 12 undergraduate programs and 2 master's programs have completed self-assessment, of which 10 programs have undertaken external assessments. Specifically, 3 external assessments were undertaken:

  • Phase 1 in September 2020: English Language, Accounting, Hospitality Management
  • Phase 2 in March 2021: Banking and Finance, Civil Engineering, Tourism Management
  • Phase 3 in January 2022: Biotechnology, Architecture, Commerce, Business Administration

All the programs achieved high quality with a fairly high percentage of criteria (from 86% to 90%). Comparison with the related programs of other universities throughout the country shows that the proportion of criteria achieved in the programs of Van Lang University is in the top or middle group. The criteria are well evaluated by expert delegations such as publishing the description of the program and course outline; learners have easy access to the learning outcomes complaints process; capacity of lecturers; management according to the work results of lecturers and staff; criteria and methods of learner selection. However, there are also some criteria that need improvement such as diverse methods of assessing learning outcomes, orientation of scientific research activities of students, additional learning resources.

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The participants of the workshop contributed many ideas for the University to promote its strengths and overcome its weaknesses. From the recommendations of external assessment teams, plans for quality improvement should be specified into activities and assigned to units with specific timeframes.

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At the conclusion of the workshop, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Thi My Dieu emphasized that the accreditation results of 10 programs have confirmed the quality of training programs of Van Lang University. The University has a specific plan for program accreditation and institutional accreditation. Specifically, 7 programs have been undertaken self-assessment according to the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) standards, 4 other programs have been carried out self-assessment according to AUN-QA standards and the University is in the process of carrying out the accreditation of educational institutions for the 3rd time.

Training on Program Accreditation Based on MOET Standards for Lecturers of 4 Faculties at Van Lang University

On the afternoon of August 5th, 2022, the Quality Assurance Department organized a workshop on program accreditation according to the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) standards (Circular No. 04/2016/TT-BGDDT dated 14/3/2016). Attending the workshop were 34 lecturers from 4 faculties (Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Nursing and Medical Technology, Faculty of Theatre and Cinema Arts) and staff members of the Quality Assurance Department

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Dr. Nguyen Huu Cuong, Manager of the Quality Assurance Department presented the requirements and notes when the Faculty proceeded to write the self-assessment report. In addition, Dr. Nguyen Huu Cuong highlighted what content should be included in the report.

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The lecturers attending the workshop discussed the difficulties that the University need to pay attention to support the faculties during the process of undertaking the self-assessment.

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At the end of the training session, the lecturers were aware of the self-assessment process and the assessment standards and criteria. However, the faculties still need support from the Department of Quality Assurance and other relating units during the process of preparing the self-assessment report.

Certification AUN-QA

1. Bachelor in Accounting - Cử nhân Kế toán

BAcc up

2. Bachelor in Graphic Design - Cử nhân Thiết kế đồ họa

BGD up

3. Bachelor of Arts in Hotel Management - Cử nhân Quản lý khách sạn

BHM up

4. Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering Technology - Kỹ sư Công nghệ Kỹ thuật Môi trường

EET up

Chứng nhận AUN-QA

1. Bachelor in Accounting - Cử nhân Kế toán

BAcc up

2. Bachelor in Graphic Design - Cử nhân Thiết kế đồ họa

BGD up

3. Bachelor of Arts in Hotel Management - Cử nhân Quản lý khách sạn

BHM up

4. Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering Technology - Kỹ sư Công nghệ Kỹ thuật Môi trường

EET up

Training on Design and Implementation of Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) Framework at VLU

From June 7 to June 10, 2022, Van Lang University organized a training course on Applied Approach to Designing and Implementing OBE Framework, which was facilitated by Mr. Johnson Ong Chee Bin (Founding member of AUN-QA Council and Technical Team AUN-QA Expert) and Dr. Nguyen Thi My Ngoc (Deputy Director of the Center for Educational Testing and Quality Assessment, VNU-HCM; AUN-QA assessor).

The training course provides important content on Outcomes-Based Education (OBE), including: (1) Applying the integrated OBE framework in programme design, implementation and evaluation; (2) Selecting appropriate strategies to engage stakeholders in programme design; (3) Applying the principle of constructive alignment to align with the higher education ecosystem including stakeholders’ needs, curriculum, learning outcomes, teaching and learning, and student assessment; (4) Applying the integrated revised Bloom’s and Fink’s Taxonomies in measuring learning outcomes; (5) Selecting appropriate instructional and assessment methods to achieve learning outcomes; (6) Designing student assessment rubrics and marking schemes to achieve learning outcomes; and (7) Evaluating the OBE programme for quality enhancement.

During the training sessions, the lecturers of VLU actively participated in individual assignments and group assignments; joining in discussions and giving suggestions between groups; joining in games that illustrated the lesson content; discussing directly with Mr. Johnson Ong Chee and Dr. Nguyen Thi My Ngoc.

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2During one of the section

 

3An activity during the training

 

4Teachers in one group discussion

 

5One teacher is presenting the group assignment

 

6Mr. Johnson Ong Chee Bin

 

7Dr. Nguyen Thi My Ngoc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training on program improvement

From July 1 to July 7, 2022, four undergraduate programs of the Van Lang University including Software Engineering, Interior Design, Fashion Design, and Public Relation had training sessions on the course design, teaching and assessment according to OBE (Outcome-Based Education) and AUN-QA (ASEAN University Network – Quality Assurance). These training sections aim to improve the programs for the quality assessment according to the AUN-QA assessment standard at the program level version 4.0.

The training sessions focused on supporting the programs to improve their quality to meet the requirements of the AUN-QA standard; guiding the course design, teaching and assessment according to the OBE model. The consultants analyzed the program contents that need further improvement. Prior to these training sections, to prepare to work with the consultants, the teachers reviewed all the programs and detailed subject outlines.

The improvement of the programs is of particular interest to leaders of Van Lang University. In addition, it needs the efforts of the faculties, departments and related units to help the programs be reviewed, revised and improved in quality. This improvement process will help the programs meet the needs of learners, the requirements of employers, as well as compatible with those of countries in the region and around the world.

These training sections were organized by the Department of Quality Assurance in collaboration with four programs registering for AUN-QA quality assessment.

 

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Lecturers of the Interior Design program are working with the consultants

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Lecturers of the Interior Design program are discussing with the consultants

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Lecturers of the Public Relations program are working with the consultants

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Lecturers of the Software Engineering program are working with the consultants

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Lecturers of the Fashion Design program are discussing with each other during a training session

 

 

Workshop FIBAA Institutional Accreditation at Van Lang University

On 5-6 July 2022, Van Lang University in collaboration with FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation), a prestigious international accrediting organization with its headquarter in Germany and a representative office in Switzerland organized a training workshop on the process and standards for institutional accreditation according to FIBAA standards. FIBAA has been recognized by the Ministry of Education and Training to operate in Vietnam under Decision No. 1940/QD-BGDDT dated June 16, 2021.

The workshop welcomed the presence of FIBAA representatives: Ms. Diane Freiberger (MBA) - Managing Director, Ms. Viktoria Dermanowski - Head of International Procedures, and Ms. Anja Gleissner - Project Manager. Participants of Van Lang University include Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Thi My Dieu - President, Dr. Nguyen Huu Cuong – Manager of the Quality Assurance Department, MSc. Tran Ngoc Hanh – Deputy Manager of the Quality Assurance Department, members of the Self-Assessment Council, and nearly 300 officers, lecturers, and support staff members.

During the two-day workshop, FIBAA experts introduced FIBAA accrediting organization; presented the analysis of the accreditation standards; instructed how to write a report and submit the self-assessment report; the process and profile need to be prepared when implementing the external evaluation; topics of interviews with each target group. Through the guidance and analysis of FIBAA experts, it shows that most of Van Lang University's activities are compatible with FIBAA's accreditation criteria. This confirms the processes of quality assurance, curriculum development, scientific management; teaching and learning, testing and assessment methods; teaching staff; the facilities and equipment of the Van Lang University have approached international quality standards

The workshop helped the managerial staff, teachers, and support staff of Van Lang University understand more about FIBAA standards and procedures for institutional accreditation. This will be important preparation for VLU to conduct a self-assessment, write a self-assessment report and prepare a profile, and evidence to register and apply for FIBAA accreditation.

FIBAA has over 25 years of higher education accreditation experience. FIBAA's quality seal is recognized worldwide. FIBAA has accredited educational institutions and programs in many countries around the world such as: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Netherlands and Flanders, Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam, Indonesia. The reason FIBAA is widely recognized in the world is its strictness and high requirements of accreditation criteria such as: the quality of the teaching staff, curriculum design, facilities, quality of educational service, practical applicability, and quality of learners. Therefore, universities and programs receiving FIBAA quality seal will have more opportunities for their students and academic staff to be in academic exchange and collaborate with higher education institutions in Europe and around the world.

Pictures of the training session

 

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Thi My Dieu - President of Van Lang University

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Dr. Nguyen Huu Cuong – Manager of the Quality Assurance Department

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Ms. Diane Freiberger (MBA) - Managing Director

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Ms. Viktoria Dermanowski - Head of International Procedures

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VLU lectures and support staff attended the workshop

 

 

The Ceremony to Award Accreditation Certificates for 7 Programs of VLU Achieving National Accreditation

On the morning of June 2, 2022, Van Lang University (VLU) held a ceremony to announce the decision and award the Certificates of Accreditation of Programs in Tourism Management, Banking and Finance, Civil Engineering, Business Administration, Commerce, Biotechnology and Architecture. Van Lang is proud to have 10 programs that have achieved national quality accreditation.

VLU is pleased to welcome honored guests at the Ceremony, including: Dr. Le My Phong – Deputy Director of Viet Nam Education Quality Management Agency (VQA) – Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Phuong Nga - Director of Center for Education Accreditation - Association of Vietnam Universities and Colleges (CEA-AVU&C), Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan – Chief of Office of CEA-AVU&C

At the ceremony, Dr. Le My Phong and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Phuong Nga expressed their congratulations and encouraged the breakthrough spirit of Van Lang University in its 27-year history of establishment and development; expectations on the development and breakthrough potential of VLU in the training and incubation of talents for the country.

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Phuong Nga - Director of The Center for Education Accreditation, Association of Vietnam Universities and Colleges at the Ceremony

 

TS. Lê Mỹ Phong Phó Cục trưởng, Phụ trách Cục Quản lý Chất lượng

Dr. Le My Phong – Deputy Director of Quality Management Department at the Ceremony

 

The external assessment teams of CEA-AVU&C have completed 2 times of external assessment activities at Van Lang University to carry out the accreditation of 7 programs:

  • March 16th - 22nd, 2021: External assessment of 3 training programs: Tourism Management, Banking and Finance, Civil Engineering.
  • January 3rd - 7th, 2022: External assessment of 04 training programs: Business Administration, Commerce, Biotechnology and Architecture.

Chup chung

 

Today's achievements continue to demonstrate the values of quality in the training of Van Lang University, demonstrating the efforts of the Faculty of Tourism, Faculty of Finance and Banking, Faculty of Construction, Faculty of Commerce, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Applied Technology.

Van Lang University is strong on its way to shaping the future to become one of Asia's most admired young universities by 2030.

On the journey towards big goals, quality assessment and accreditation activities are necessary so that Van Lang University can identify its own stature. We look forward to the training programs of Van Lang University to continue the roadmap of accumulating internal resources, improving and building the curricula approaching the training trends of the region and the era of technology 4.0.

 

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