18-20th March Workshop at Can Tho University

The workshop “Research-based Curriculum Development in Molecular and Materials Sciences” was held on 18-20th March 2019 at Can Tho University, Vietnam.

The workshop brought together beneficiaries and stakeholders to review the findings of the survey reports previously conducted at Vietnamese partner universities (VPU) concerning gaps in current education programmes of the VPU and to determine 24 courses to be upgraded or newly built up.

The workshop was attended by representatives of stakeholders including Vietnamese partner universities (VPU), European partner universities (EPU), local companies such as Korea Vietnam Incubator Park, Kangaroo Group, Warrantek, school teachers from Can Tho, Hau Giang, Soc Trang cities and an invited speaker, Dr. Nguyen Duc Chinh, Director of Center for Educational Testing & Quality Assessment, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City.

The workshop started with the welcome speech of Prof. Ha Khanh Toan, Rector of Can Tho University. He presented the importance of developing curriculum of programs in the field of molecular and materials sciences and wish the workshop successfull. He also confirmed the commitments of CTU in the implementation of the MOMA projects.

Prof. Vu Thi Ngan gave a brief introduction to the MOMA project about how the consortium was form, the main contents of the project, impact of the project and some initial activities has been done at VPUs.

Prof. Luc Van Meervelt presented a short introduction about the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and its application in chemistry programs in KU Leuven. The ECTS key features including ECTS credits, learning outcomes and workload are discussed.

Then the workshop was followed by presentations of representatives on survey results conducted at the four VPU: Dr,. Pham Vu Nhat (CTU), Dr. Nguyen Thi Bich Viet (HNUE), Dr. Nguyen Van Thang (QNU), Dr. Nguyen Tran Nguyen (UD-Ued).

Next, the invited speaker, Dr. Nguyen Duc Chinh gave an interesting and comprehensive presentation on “Curriculum Development in Vietnamese University” and proposed some precious suggestions for the MOMA project. This talk was followed by a presentation of Prof. Dirk Hollman entitled “Curriculum development in European universities”.

At the end of Day 1, a Skype meeting chaired by Prof. Luc van Meervelt was held with representatives of University of Twente to exchange information between VPUs and EPUs regarding to their curricula, syllabi and courses.

On the Day 2, the workshop continued with group work for each VPU to discuss their needs and build up the ECTS files for courses.

Finally, workshop participants had a nice time on a trip to Vam Xang orchard.