An innovative model bringing UK PhD programmes to ASEAN

The doctoral training ‘hub’ – a cost efficient model of high quality, transnational doctoral training leading to the award of a UK PhD – has been proposed to bring UK doctoral training opportunities closer to ASEAN students.

The model will allow PhD students to undertake their research project partly in the UK and partly in Vietnam through a doctoral training ‘hub’. The ‘hub’ will be based at a UK doctoral training centre with sustainable and appropriate research links in Vietnam so that students on multi-disciplinary projects can address projects of relevance to national and international priority research areas.

The advantages to this model are many and include:

  • UK doctoral awards will be available to more Vietnamese students 
  • Reduced overall costs (fees and living costs) as around 50 per cent of the research will be undertaken at the partnering Vietnamese research institution or university.
  • Deepening of collaborative research activity between Vietnam and the UK, addressing projects of value to Vietnam and elsewhere.
  • Increased number of joint publications in international journals for the Vietnamese and UK research supervisors, 
  • Maximising value for those funding scholarships for doctoral training.

The proposal has been developed by Aston University in partnership with Vietnam UK Institute of Research and Executive Education (VNUK IREE), University of Danang, from research about doctoral training models and governance, under the Higher Education Partnerships project, funded by the British Council. 

Please click the link below for the full paper about the proposal.