The aims of MOMA project are two-fold: (i) to reinforce the staff and lab capacity, thereby enhancing quality of the education and training programmes in MMS at the four VPU and (ii) to increase the number of students enrolling in science disciplines yearly. To achieve these aims, specific objectives are set for this project.
The first objective is to improve the education programmes in MMS at the four VPU. Accordingly, the current curricula, which are heavily academic and theory-based, are upgraded to the next level by including state-of-the-art research-based education modules. Particularly, a total number of 24 courses in the fields of MMS will be designed by experts and professors from EPU and VPU based on the gaps in the current education programmes, staff capacity, student level and the feasibility of integration into the current curricula. These courses will be taught to students in the related disciplines at the four VPU by EPU professors. By following these courses, students are expected to strengthen their foundational learning methods, acquire new knowledge, improve their English level and therefore increase the interest and quality of learning, whereas staff are expected to enhance their knowledge, teaching experiences and skills that are needed to take over the courses in the following years. The latter is strengthened by sending young staff of the four VPU to attend academic and soft-skills training courses at the EPU each year. These staff plays the key role in the design and implementation of the courses during the project time, and the sustainability of the project after its lifetime.
The second objective is to improve the academic English proficiency and scientific writing skills for both staff and students at the four VPU. Two intensive academic English courses, one for staff and one for students, will be given by European experts at each VPU. Apart from training scientific writing and editing skills, the English courses for staff will also focus on developing staff’s skills in teaching the science courses in English.
The current curricula are heavily theory-based, which is partially due to the shortage of appropriate lab facilities. Therefore, in order to implement research-based curricula, lab facilities need to be upgraded. This is the third objective of this project, which is to ensure that students have access to well equipped and safe laboratories to complement education modules.
The fourth objective is to raise public awareness about the pivotal role of science disciplines toward the socio-economic development and to attract high school students, especially students from remote areas in Vietnam, to start science education at university level. This will be done by carrying out a series of activities described in the WP6.
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