Innovation or employability: University – Industry partnership for sustainable economic development

In partnership with the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam and UK Higher Education International Unit

Date: 16 and 17 June 2016

Venue: Novotel hotel, 167 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City


The British Council education policy dialogue brings together key policy-makers and influencers to reflect on, and debate the challenges and opportunities facing international higher education domestically, regionally and globally. In June 2016, the British Council Vietnam was working with the Ministry of Education and Training and UK Higher Education International Unit to organise a forum to debate how to promote bolder and more effective university industry partnerships able to respond to the growth of the knowledge economy.

This forum facilitated dialogue between government organisations, universities and industry with contributions and perspectives from a network of leading thinkers. Participants considered the role, responsibility and expectation of higher education institutions in creating innovative industry solutions and an employable workforce. 

As major producers of research and innovation universities are significant contributors to economic growth. As governments seek to maximise this, universities are under pressure to increase both research output and its relevance to business. How are countries’ research and innovation strategies addressing this? How are university-industry links developed? Can international networks contribute? 

Universities are critical players in developing highly skilled and talented workforces – from graduates to young researchers. How are they doing this in different countries? What constitutes an employable graduate? How universal are the knowledge, skills and attributes needed – and how do university programmes, curricula and student experience develop these? 

At this event senior representatives from the UK, Vietnam and across the region shared their practical experience of working to meet these challenges and seek to address the above questions.

Who should participate

Nearly 200 policy makers, university leaders, business, entrepreneurs and researchers from the UK, East Asia and Vietnam.


Best practices, pilot models and issues being viewed from university and industry perspectives was presented through the plenary session, panel discussion and parallel workshops.


The Dialogue was conducted in English.

Intended Outcomes


For UK:

  • Institutional links at the strategic level
  • Collaboration & partnership
  • Deeper understanding of national Higher Education (HE) systems
  • Examples of good practice and innovation in university employer/industry collaboration

For Vietnam: models for innovative teaching and learning, engagement with industry and international collaboration


Vietnam: relevant policy development to consider and raising Vietnam HE competitiveness

UK: (mutual benefit) competiveness and productivity


  • Understanding their position and role to support Higher Education Institutions (HEI) development thus making it contribute back to society and industry development
  • Opportunities for collaboration and partnership
  • New models of collaboration


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Please click here to view the programme of Global Education Dialogue 2016. 


Phi Phan
Higher Education Manager, Partnerships
British Council 
25 Le Duan, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 (0)8 3823 2862 (ex. 2500)

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