With the aim of providing soft skills for engineering students, a workshop named ‘Training Soft Skills and Assessment Tools’ was held by the School of Electronics and Telecommunications (SET) in collaboration with the British Council in Vietnam at the Ta Quang Buu Library Building on 27 June 2014.
This activity was part of a joint project between SET, Danang University of Technology (DUT) and Ho Chi Minh City University of Technical Education (UTE) to design a ‘capstone project’ course for last year engineering students in Vietnam’ funded by the British Council.
The workshop was honoured to have the presence of Chris Brown, Country Director, British Council in Vietnam, Associate Professor Dr Nguyen Huu Thanh, Dean of SET, and Associate Professor Pham Ngoc Nam, Vice Dean of SET. This event attracted 26 young researchers, lecturers from SET and representatives of other universities including the DUT, UTE and the University of Transport and Communications.
During the workshop, assessment tools, report writing, roles of team members, teamwork skills and presentation skills were discussed by all participants. Professor Pham Ngoc Nam also shared his experiences and gave advice to participants. Soft skills can effectively facilitate knowledge exchange among team members. In addition, students with good soft skills can maximise the capabilities of their research team and enhance the quality of their research products.
Professor Nguyen Huu Thanh told those present: ‘Young lecturers of the School of Electronics and Telecommunications should pay special attention so they can assist students in gaining the necessary skills required for them to be a high quality future workforce that will benefit Vietnam.’
The workshop brought up a lot of useful information for young lecturers who make up the core of SET and will help it to achieve its education mission.