'Social Enterprise in Vietnam: The Roles of Higher Education and Research Institutions” was the focus of discussion during a conference jointly organised by the British Council Vietnam and the Vietnam National Economic University (NEU) on Mar 16 and 17, 2015 within a longer term commitment of promoting Social Enterprises in Vietnam of the two partner organisations.
The conference attracted more than 130 participants including academics, researchers, policy makers, social entrepreneurs and students. Through the keynote speeches from national and international speakers (Dr Pathik Pathak, University of Southampton; Dr Do Manh Quan, National Economics University and Dr Chandra Yanto, City University of Hongkong) and two panel discussions namely “Embedding Social Enterprise into Higher Education: experience and the way forward” and “Stakeholders Collaboration in Developing Social Enterprise”, participants were inspired with the increased important role that universities play in promoting social innovation, social business and the development of Social enterprises in the UK, Hong Kong and Vietnam. The event also witnessed the establishment of the Vietnam’s Scholars Network on Social Enterprise with strong commitment to undertake more research on and initiatives to embed d social entrepreneurship, social enterprises into higher education trainings. It is expected that with this initiative, Vietnamese students will be equipped with better understanding of social entrepreneurship, social enterprises and be ready to contribute sustainably to national social and economic development no matter what career paths they would follow.
Click on the links below to read thoughts of Dr Pathik Pathak, University of Southampton and Dr Chandra Yanto, City University of Hong Kong.