Monday 15 September 2014

Fourteen leaders and potential leaders from across Vietnam today joined a training course on higher education leadership and university management.

The event, in Ho Chi Minh City, runs until 26 September and is hosted by the Institute off Education International, Vietnam National University. The programme builds on the success of the first event of the same kind that took place last year.  The delegates are drawn from nine higher education organisations and universities.

Among the 14 participants, four of the most outstanding applicants have been selected for Tate & Lyle fellowships worth £4,000 each. The fellowships will cover their one-week visit to the University of Reading in the UK to meet with UK higher education and industry leaders.

Apart from UK study visits for the four outstanding participants, the course includes two modules focussing on influential presenting and higher education leadership. Delivered by Andreas Pohl, a British Council trainer, the module on influential presenting gives participants a range of presenting techniques including how to structure information, how to use visual aids and how to engage with an audience. They will also have a chance to show what they have learned in a mini-conference that is designed based on the popular TED Talks format.

The Higher Education Leadership and University Management section will be delivered by Dr Alan Floyd, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Management, Institute of Education of the University of Reading. The University of Reading is one of the ten most research intensive universities in the UK and ranked in the top 1 per cent of universities in the world by THE. This module aims to equip Vietnamese leaders and potential leaders with theories and tools by studying ethical and moral dimensions of higher education leadership as well as management, culture and identity in relation to higher education leadership. Other areas for study include management, strategy and development planning, leading teams and managing change.

The Higher Education Leadership and University Management programme was developed to support the national Higher Education Reform Agenda (HERA) and the internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Vietnam. The programme aims to build capacity for higher education leaders – specifically the Vice Dean, Dean and above – from Vietnamese institutions. This is also to prepare them for the increasingly challenging roles of the universities.

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