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Faculty of Environment and Biotechnology: Building the training program passed AUN – QA standard

  • 06 December 2018 |

(Admission Office – Van Lang, December  6th, 2018 ) – Since 1991, this was the greatest opportunity for the transformation of tertiary education in Vietnam. Due to the pressure of integration and social development, Vietnam education, especially tertiary education has had to transform not only the infrastructure but also the superstructure. In the last 2 years, model and autonomy for university were the issues that raised the public concern. Thanks to the advantages of the private university, Van Lang University, especially the Faculty of Environment and Biotechnology has long accumulated the sustainable internal capacity to prepare for this departure of the voyage to The Great Sea: Building the training program passed AUN – QA standard.

AUN – QA standard Assessment: The absolute choice!

In 1995, Vietnam became ASEAN member. In the same year, Southeast Asian universities together started to create a network leading to the establishment of AUN. However, it was not until 1999 AUN founding member began constructing the AUN Quality Assessment (AUN-QA) model which was expected to use as the tool to preserve, improve and upgrade teaching and research quality for AUN member universities; to set a standard quality for AUN’s member universities and to motivate the recognition of standard quality for AUN member universities. For unexpected reasons, Vietnam was 10-year late to implement AUN system’s standard and thus far Vietnam’s universities had 70 educational programs qualified for AUN standard.

Global integration is the absolute trend for tertiary education. However, you have started walking from your neighborhood before you reach the highway. ASEAN is an active region and is defining its political position globally. Despite the limited development of ASEAN education, AUN with honor and pride to have a member (NUS) that have been claim a position in “Top 20” of the best universities worldwide for the last 15 years.

Vietnam’s universities have fast adapted to design their training program following the standard of AUN-QA standard; especially, the Faculty of Environment and Biotechnology of Van Lang University has the advantages. The code of standard does not specifically examine criteria of each program but the success factors of a curriculum, so it reassures the quality. Thus, it qualified key criteria that a tertiary training program requires such as the outcome standard, lecturers and students, program framework, infrastructure, and educational quality managing activities,…

The integration of AUN-QA is an appropriate move that helps the Faculty of Environment and Biotechnology of Van Lang University to evaluate the training program based on the code of standard. Thus, the Faculty examines and catches up on the backlog to reassure the quality of training program at the ASEAN standard.
Students have the great advantages from the evaluation because they are learning in the latest advanced educational environment with quality guaranteed.
According to commitment of AUN, students will be able transfer their academic credits points between the educational and training program of AUN member universities in the future. In addition, being a part of a common standard which motivates knowledge exchange between students and students, lecturers and lecturers within AUN member universities.
The AUN’s testing result is the affirmation of the training program to the society for the outcomes, so students is going to have better career opportunity. Employers have the credible human resources that are significant correlate with the international quality standard.


Van Lang University achieves the national education quality standard, Faculty of environment & Biotechnology is determined to advances to international level with AUN-QA. 

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On 31st of May 2018, a historic event of Van Lang University’s Development: The ceremony for recognition of National education quality.

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On 15th of May 2018, Faculty of Environment & Biotechnology celebrated the 1st anniversary with the participation of more than 200 lecturers, students and alumni, to mark the beginning of faculty after the integration, new team had been growing stronger and ready to encounter with challenges and opportunities.

 

Building the AUN standard training program: The flash moves!

The program is adapted and implemented between the distinct advantages of the Wageningen University’s program and the exclusiveness of the Faculty of Environment and Biotechnology. In addition, the strong link between Faculty and students, alumni, and employers; thus, the Faculty had essential preparation for the standard quality assessment of AUN-QA within 6 months. 

Due to the supportive efforts from the University management board, lecturers, and the Faculty of Environment and Biotechnology’s officers day and night put their efforts to create the program that serves learners and society at top quality. There were countless memorable events during the voyage.

05/05/2018: The Conference “Employers and the skilled analysts of human capability for the tertiary education training”. (DACUM*)

From beginning of the DACUM conference for the Faculty of Environment and Biotechnology, employers and skilled workers have tried their best to share opinions to the Faculty about the vital employability skills for the graduated students.

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(Empolyers and skilled workers enthusiastically share opinion on the employability skills to the employee)

With the appreciation for all the valuable opinions of employers and skilled workers, and lecturers – The Faculty of Environment and Biotechnology’s officers train the employability skills by setting as a part of the learning outcomes of the training program.

18/5/2018: Conference “Building an Expected Learning Outcomes – ELOs”

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Acknowledging the foundation of ELOs, Faculty of Environment & Biotechnology actively takes part in the conference with proper preparation and received the consolidation from expert.


25/5/2018: Conference “The Guide to examination of system and content of training program”

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The innovatinve way of thinking from young people that motivate the Faculty of Environment & Biotechnology examine and build the specific training for some applied research majors.

Despite the prompt preparation, it is quality and PhD. Nguyen Thanh Thuy, Vice-director of Training Centre for Advanced Management, National University of Ho Chi Minh city, head of consultant – acceptably commented: Faculty of Environment and Biotechnology was  the unit that had the best adaptation, the fastest preparation and to be ready for the voyage to great sea.

 

Achievement of Standard AUN-QA Quality: The beginning…

When there was no measurement and restructure of training program following AUN-QA standard, the Faculty of Environment and Biotechnology had successfully built reputable brand in the society. In fact, The Faculty of Environment and Biotechnology has trained skilled workforce which was a remarkable contribution for the South Vietnam area for 20 years. Faculty of Environment and Biotechnology alumni made important positions in the political organization, society and others. In the other edge, Van Lang University has twice successfully passed the Quality Assessment at institutional level in 2009 and May 2018 certified by the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training.

Due to flat world, the global integration of educational training, the faculty of Environment and Biotechnology is looking forward to further achievement that approved not only in ASEAN but also international community, like NUS’s achievement.

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Modern Infrastructure, convenient learning environment are the essential element for the futher development of Faculty of Environment and Biotechnology. (Picture: the perspective drawing of 3rd branch, Vang Lang University)

Before the Faculty of Environment and Biotechnology could pass complicated assessing criteria of the advanced standard from European and USA, AUN Quality Assessment was the initial efforts of Van Lang University. This is not the arrival destination but the beginning of the long, difficult and challenging voyage; however, the Faculty is so proud to carry this mission of education.

Due to the approval of Educational Council of ASEAN and society, employers have confidence to choose the Faculty of Environment and Biotechnology which is building the sustainable educational services and training programs. Our mission is to hold the belief of parents and students…

Mr. Duong Pham Hung
The Faculty of Environment and Biotechnology’s Lecturer

AUN-QA Accreditation: DACUM Workshop for Hotel Management at Van Lang University

  • 02 June 2020 |

(Van Lang, 02/6/2020) - On the morning of May, 30th, the Quality Assurance Department and the Tourism Faculty of Van Lang University successfully organized the workshop included employers and skilled analytic people to improve the quality of training programs.

The workshop was led by Dr. Nguyen Thanh Thuy - Deputy Director of the Training Centre for Advanced Management at the Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City and Dr. Le Minh Thanh - Dean of Faculty of Tourism (Van Lang University), with 21 recruiters from luxurious hotels and resorts in Ho Chi Minh City, managers, educators and trainers from 5-star international standard hotel - restaurant, and all experts and lecturers of the Tourism Faculty of Van Lang University. The workshop focused on discussing and describing requirements for attitudes, skills, knowledge and competencies of learners in hotel management sector.

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Dr. Le Minh Thanh - Dean of Tourism Faculty gave the opening speech, presented the goal of the DACUM Workshop which aims to accredit the quality of education in Hotel Management at Van Lang University in accordance with AUN-QA standards.

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Dr. Nguyen Thanh Thuy - Deputy Director of TCA chaired the workshop and commented: “The core value of the workshop was to understand the needs and career requirements in practice, research the market share and development trends in the next 3-5 years, then design and improve the training program to meet the requirements of employers."

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Ideas from 21 participants attending the DACUM workshop in Hotel Management in order to analyze learners' competencies and develop training programs.

Based on the analysis of the current training program and actual needs, businesses and employers analyzed strengths of Van Lang University's Hotel Management sector and suggested that the Faculty need to invest in developing 03 new skills for students: change management, marketing and sales management, hotel product management to create students' dynamism and high adaptability to the pace of social development.

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Enterprises and employers fill out the evaluation form to build a curriculum framework for students of Hotel Management major at Van Lang University in accordance with AUN-QA standards.

DACUM is the very first and important step to develop a training program according to AUN - QA accreditation standards. From the results of the survey and consultation with employers and experts, Hospitality Management Major's leaders has the basis to determine the output for the major, determine the job opportunities for students after graduation, review and adjust training programs to in accordance with student needs and recruitment needs of businesses.

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For many years, the quality assurance system of Van Lang University has developed synchronously between internal quality assurance and external quality accreditation. Since 2016, AUN-QA quality accreditation standards has been one of the key goals that VLU aims to achieve. The Hospitality Management as well as other majors of Van Lang University are trying to achieve the quality of AUN - QA education in the new period and more than that, to gradually develop curriculum which are appropriate with the training trend of the region and the technology era 4.0.

At the end of the workshop, Dr. Le Minh Thanh - Dean of Tourism Faculty of Van Lang University showed his gratitude to the enterprises and employers for their profound and enthusiastic comments and experiences which has motivated the faculty to develop a new curriculum framework to meet quality assurance standards.

Source: Trung Nghia
Photo: Thịnh Tran
Translated by: Hoai Pham

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