The seminar will offer participants from the UK–Vietnam Higher Education Network the opportunity to meet with colleagues and receive an update on opportunities for networking in the area of university industry links.

The event will run coincidentally with a visit to Vietnam by academics and industry partners of the University of Salford.

Participants will include 100–120 representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), UK Higher Education institution(s), senior leaders and academics from higher education institutions (HEI) in the Vietnam–UK Higher Education Network and those who interested in joining.

Format of the event

  • Seminar with practical sharing from HEIs in Vietnam and University of Salford combined with a panel and open forum for discussion.
  • The language of the seminar is English and Vietnamese with provision of simultaneous translation.

Objectives of the seminar

  • Support the internationalisation of higher education and the Higher Education Reform Agenda (HERA) in Vietnam
  • Share UK university industry linkage models
  • Showcase updated outcomes of UK–VN HEP projects
  • Introduce new HEIs having joined the UK–VN HEP 2019–2020 

Date/Time and Venue

  • Time: 08.00–13.30, Friday 7 June 2019
  • Venue: New World Saigon Hotel, 76 Le Lai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City


  • Representatives from MOET, the British Council and UK universities
  • President/Rector, Vice President/Vice Rector, Head/Deputy Head of international office, project coordinators, project team members of UK and Vietnam universities in UK–VN HEP projects
  • President/Rector, Vice President/Vice Rector, Head/Deputy Head of international office of Vietnamese universities
  • Academic staff from HEIs
  • Industry representatives
  • Media.


Registration now before deadline 3 June 2019 

Tentative programme 

Timing Session Note
08.00–08.30 Registration  

Opening remarks

Donna McGowan, Country Director, British Council in Vietnam

Ministry of Education and Training 

08.45–09.00 British Council's study: Opportunities, models and approaches for UK-East Asia higher education partnerships to deepen university collaboration with industry and business enterprise Hoang Van Anh, British Council 
09.00–09.20 Overview of Vietnam landscape on university industry collaboration  Ministry of Education and Training/HEIs in Vietnam 

Learning from effective UK university industry collaboration and University of Salford's models on:

  • Establishing UK professionals network to support and develop academic staff engaged in UI.
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTPs)
  • Engaging employers to enhance the curriculum and address graduate employability 
  • Capacity building to enhance UI capacity through doctoral programme, skills for enterprise, university infrastructure to support UI Link 

Professional Hisham Elkadi

Professional Zeeshan Aziz

University of Salford

09.40–10.00 Developing world class university–industry linkages at Cranfield University – Sharing of best practices

Rebecca Charles, Cranfield University 

10.00–10.20 Developing an industry driven curricula to support collaborative R&D, UI engagement and open innovation. Amina Helal, University of Salford
10.20–10.40 Break and networking   
10.40–11.20 Activities and approaches to working with industry - Vietnamese HEIs sharing case studies on their jointly developed research projects, co-location of facilities and expertise, technology transfers, and skills and knowledge development for industry employees.  Chaired by University of Salford 

Introduce Steering Committee and Chair(s) of the UK-Vietnam Higher Education Network

Introduce new HEIs joining the Network in 2019 

British Council 
11.30–13.30 Lunch and networking  Hotel Restaurant


Chi Nguyen
Education Manager
Tel: +84 (0)24 3728 1937

Phi Phan
Education Manager
Tel: +84 (0)28 38232862 (ext. 2500)