Wednesday 22 November 2023


Viet Nam Vice Minister of Education and Training leads a higher education mission to attend Going Global in Edinburgh and meet with UK government officials and universities to promote bilateral higher education.

Going Global, organised by the British Council, will focus on the increasing demand across the world for higher and further education. 

The event will address how the sector can better tackle global and national challenges and help empower lower socio-economic groups, women, disabled learners and students from certain ethnic groups or communities into education.

The annual event provides opportunities for leaders in international education to connect, share knowledge, find solutions to global issues and foster the future of further and higher education.

The conference, taking place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre from Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 November, consists of a series of sessions based around a theme. This year’s focus is ‘Towards sustainable, scalable and equitable partnerships in tertiary education.’ This year, a delegation from Viet Nam will be participating in the Going Global event and will also take part in a Higher Education (HE) Mission in the UK. Led by the Vice Minister of Education and Training, Assoc Prof Hoang Minh Son, thirty-six HE leaders from the Ministry of Education and Training and eight universities in Viet Nam will be expected to engage in various meetings, visits and networking events, including a bilateral meeting with the Department of Education in the UK and Prof Sir Steve Smith, UK Government's International Education Champion.

Viet Nam’s HE Mission this year is significant as 2023 marks 50 years of UK–Viet Nam diplomatic relations, and 30 years of the British Council in Viet Nam. Under a signed Memorandum of Collaboration between the Ministry of Education and Training and the British Council in Viet Nam, the Mission will provide further opportunity to enhance UK–Viet Nam HE partnership in both breadth and depth, concurrently increasing collaboration opportunities with UK universities, sectorial and professional bodies in teaching, learning and research.

Assoc Prof Hoang Minh Son, Vice Minister of Education and Training, Viet Nam said: ‘There is increasing partnership between Viet Nam and the UK higher education institutions on transnational education, training, teaching, research and academic exchange. We appreciate the UK's support through the British Council in coordinating activities to improve the quality of higher education in Viet Nam; building connections for Viet Nam and the UK higher education, particularly in the areas of innovation, digital transformation, energy transformation, development of high-quality human resources, quality assurance, and improvement of the quality of English teaching and learning in Viet Nam's education system.’.

Secretary of State for Education, Gillian Keegan MP, will take part in the opening talk from 2pm on Monday 20 November alongside British Council Chief Executive Scott McDonald; Maddalaine Ansell, Director Education, British Council; Professor Dame Sally Mapstone, President, Universities UK; Olanike Adeyemo, Professor of Health and Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; and Simon Marginson, Professor of Higher Education Department of Education, University of Oxford.

Maddalaine Ansell, Director Education, British Council, said: “Going Global aims to shape the future of further and higher education. It provides a strategic forum for leaders in international education to connect and share the latest thinking on the most important issues in international education.

“Across the world, students and their families want to fulfil their potential, education providers want to internationalise and raise standards, and governments need access to higher-level skills to grow their economies and play their part in achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Going Global aims to provide solutions to these issues.”

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said: “British universities are among the best in the world, and it’s a privilege to speak to so many of our education leaders and international counterparts at this conference.

“International collaboration plays such a vital role in helping unlock opportunities for learners, giving businesses the skills they need to grow, and tackling global challenges like sustainability and discrimination.”


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About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide. We do this through our work in arts and culture, education and the English language. We work with people in over 200 countries and territories and are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2022–23 we reached 600 million people.

About British Council in Viet Nam

The British Council has an established presence in Viet Nam, with a dynamic portfolio spanning the arts and creative industries, education (higher, vocational and non-formal), and English teaching, learning and assessment, delivering a range of academic and professional UK qualifications. We have 370 staff in Hanoi and in Ho Chi Minh City across nine offices and teaching centres. Four new young learner language centres were open in 2023, with more planned in the coming two years. We have built extensive networks, connections and partnerships between UK and Vietnamese individuals, organisations and institutions across all areas of our work, and with ambitions to further expand these networks.