HELUM2015, Modules in Danang


I. Introduction

British Council Vietnam, with strong support from Tate & Lyle Plc. (*), has successfully run the Higher Education Leadership and University Management (HELUM) programme to support Vietnam Higher Education Reform Agenda (HERA) and the Internationalisation of Higher Education (IHE) in Vietnam for the past two years. 

The programme aims at building capacity for HE leaders who are Vice Dean, Dean and above from Vietnamese HE institutions. This is also to prepare them for the increasingly challenging roles of the universities and to ensure that they have the skills to lead, and the best may become the sector’s effective senior leaders of tomorrow.     

The British Council Vietnam is opening the third course in 2015, and would like to call for applications from interested Vietnamese higher education leaders.

II. Course structure

The course is conducted entirely in English, and will comprise three modules:

1. Module 1 (one week): Influential presenting 

  • The course is built around a project and will culminate in a mini-conference at which participants will present a ten minute lecture. 
  • Workshops focus on the preparation for the conference that will alternate with interactive input sessions on a range of presenting techniques, such as effectively structuring information, using visual aids and engaging with an audience. 
  • The mini-conference will emulate the well-known TED Talk format

2. Module 2 (one week): Senior leadership training 

This programme is about how to build sustained performance, how to understand, implement and contribute to university strategy. The programme will enable participants to understand their roles as leaders, building and contributing to the university culture and the choices made to lead. It will focus on analysing national and international case study examples. 

Programme goals

  • Develop participants’ self-awareness and appreciation of the impact of their own behaviours on those around them
  • Provide a framework against which participants can plan their own, and their teams’ development
  • Explore issues relevant to Higher Education Leadership in the context of general leadership best practice
  • Understand the key relevant aspects of organisational behaviour which impact upon their roles
  • Build a shared understanding of wider environmental/stakeholder issues at play, and their roles (individual and collective) in managing them
  • Develop teamwork and a culture of mutual support among participants which effectively transcends organisational boundaries

3. Module 3 (one week): Shadowing in the UK

  • Group discussions, presentations and reflective activities are part of the design.
  • The five days programme will feature several leaders at the front to provide a change of pace and a sense of "relevant" expertise.
  • There will be three delivery personnel: one with a deep knowledge of the research environment, another to look at student experience, another on technology.
  • There will be interspersion with webinars or slide casts in some instances. Mentors will be focused on the practice of leadership in a complex environment, and one or more additional to cover off HE-specific inputs and issues.
  • Trainees will receive 1 to 1 feedback from Module 2 in preparation for Module 3. 
  • Each day, they will implement half day action learning sets based on days 1-5 of module 2 and optional 1:1 coaching will be provided for participants who require it.

III. Time, venue and trainers





Module 1 19 to 23 October 2015 Vietnam UK Institute of Research for Executive Education (VN UK IREE), University of Danang British Council trainer
Module 2 26 to 30 October 2015 VN UK IREE, University of Danang

Prof. Helen Griffiths, Pro-Vice Chancellor

Terry Hodgett, Director of the Centre for Executive Education, Aston University

Module 3 30 November to 4 December 2015 Aston University Aston University senior leaders

IV. Course fee

  • Module 1: £250 per person
  • Module 2 and 3: fully supported by British Council Vietnam and Tate & Lyle

Course participants are required to attend both Modules 1 and 2, and strongly encouraged to also attend Module 3.

V. British Council – Tate & Lyle Fellowship

 1. Partial fellowship

The training course provides limited number of partial fellowships to course participants who may want to apply either or both of the options below:

  • Option 1: Module 1 and 2 in Vietnam – 1 returned air/train ticket from their city to Danang
  • Option 2: Module 3 in the UK - one-way ticket Vietnam UK, shared accommodation and meals

Interested course participants need to meet the requirements in the application form and confirm their full attendance at the relevant modules of the training course.

 2. Full fellowship

The training course will offer six full fellowships which include:

  • Course fee for all three modules
  • Domestic travel allowance (one returned domestic economic air/train ticket, shared accommodation, meals and subsistence) if required for Module 1 and Module 2 in Danang
  • International travel allowance (returned international economic air ticket, shared accommodation, meals and subsistence) for Module 3 shadowing at Aston University. 

(Please note that participants are encouraged to purchase an adequate travel and medical insurance. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur.)

Interested course participants need to meet the requirements in the application form, and confirm their full attendance at all three modules of the training course.

Applications will be assessed through an open and transparent selection process by a judging panel.

VI. Application for the course

Interested participants are required to complete the application form below, and return to Phi.Phan@britishcouncil.org.vn by 28 August 2015.

VII. Background information

British Council is the UK’s cultural relations agency. We aim to create and provide international education opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. 

In internationalising higher education we:  

  • promote and support the exchange and mobility of students, scholars and academics around the world
  • promote and support higher education partnerships between UK and international universities, industries and governments
  • shape and drive international collaboration of higher education through policy dialogues and research

(*) Tate & Lyle (http://www.tateandlyle.com) is a UK company who provide distinctive, high quality ingredients and solutions to the food, beverage and other industries. Tate & Lyle is keen to support and contribute to enhancing the development of education in Vietnam. It believes that the fellowship will directly assist Vietnam higher education leaders in learning about institutional management and university governance from UK higher education institutions and share with their UK fellows the HE governance issues that Vietnam is to tackle as part of its 2020 targets. Tate & Lyle has been supporting the Higher Education Leadership and University Management course managed by British Council Vietnam for three years now.

Previous course can be referenced at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOOo2iFB46Y 

VIII. Equality, Diversity, Inclusion Policy

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our cultural relations ambitions. They contribute to the mutual trust, respect and understanding we strive for on behalf of the UK. Our equality policy commits us to ensure that there is no unjustified discrimination in people and applications on the basis of age, gender, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and work-life balance.

IX. Contact point

Phi Phan
Higher Education Manager (Partnerships)
British Council
84 8 3823 2862 (ext. 2500)