University – Enterprise Center (UEC-TLU) and the First Enterprise Gathering

On the occasion of the 29th anniversary of TLU’s establishment (1988 – 2017), UEC-TLU held a meeting between the institution and enterprises representatives at the library conference room on Dec 15th, 2017.

Joining the session with the partnership companies, there were Dr. Phan Huy Phu – TLU rector, Dr. Vu Do Quynh – Vice rector, Director and members of UEC as well as student members from BOSS club.

The meeting is to facilitate the existing relationship so as to benefit education quality by by providing students with necessary working skills, knowledge as well as employers’ information and job opportunities.

During the meeting, after speeches from TLU and partners representatives, Ms Ngo Thi Thao Trinh – chairman of BOSS club gave her presentation on planning the 2018 Job Fair for students. At the end of the meeting, all the guests were invited to join a celebrating music show – “Xuan”.

The meeting was a highlight promising the fruitful cooperation and partnership between TLU and its enterprises in the future.

AUF provides funding for improving the employability of TLU students

The French speaking universities’s Association (Agence universitaire de la Francophonie or AUF) has launched a call for projects aiming to increase the dialog between universities and enterprises among its members in the Asia-Pacific region.  This is the first time that AUF is accompanying its member institutions, allowing them to set-up mechanisms aiming at improving the employability of graduated students. The call for project (in French) which was closed since November 5th, 2017 can be consulted here.

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International Conference “University – Enterprise Cooperation: Trends and Challenges” The University of Danang 06-07, October 2017

Continuing the successful training workshops in the framework of the Hub4Growth project, the conference aimed to bring together participants from academia, business, and other stakeholders who are interested in the interplay between education and economic development to develop solutions for new challenges in university-business cooperation between Asian universities.

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WEF 2016’s report on the future of jobs

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has produced a report titled “The future of jobs” in January 2016 which emphasizes the evolution in the labor market following the so-called Fourth Industrial revolution.  In its introduction to this report WEF wrote:

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, which includes developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, and genetics and biotechnology, will cause widespread disruption not only to business models but also to labour markets over the next five years, with enormous change predicted in the skill sets needed to thrive in the new landscape.

Access the report.

How employability has been addressed at Thang Long University

During the last meeting of the 12th CONFRASIE (Regional Conference of the Rectors of establishments members of the French-speaking university Agency (AUF) in Asia-Pacific) meeting, held at the Rangsit University, Bangkok (Thailand) on April 4, 2017, Thang Long University joined a round-table on the theme of employability, among others (see the Programme in English version: University in Asia-Pacific : today and tomorrow).

At that occasion I was asked to give a short contribution to the round-table and I came up with a brief assessment of how I’ve seen employability been intuitively addressed at Thang Long University. You can consult that contribution in French or in Vietnamese, below:

The importance of foreign language skills

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I have come across an interesting article published on the E27 web site by Thai entrepreneur Vikram Upadhyaya on October 3rd, 2017, which title is “Foreign language skill sets are important to an entrepreneur, as it lets you think across cultures and worldviews“.  His writing stresses about the importance for an entrepreneur to know several foreign language skills and, for him, the reason is that talking even an elementary level of a nation’s native language goes a long way to breaking down barriers. I’d like to reproduce here some excerpts of this article:

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Hub4Growth: Thang Long University attended the ‘Korinthos’ workshop

From July 3rd to July 5th, 2017 in Corinth, Greece, the second workshop within the framework of HUB4GROWTH project has been organized at the School of Social Sciences, University of Peloponnese. The workshop has witnessed the attendance of 29 participants from 11 Universities of which the lecturers are from 2 European Universities: University of Peloponnese and London Metropolitan University.

The aims of the training workshop are:

  • To understand how the wider context (government policy, economic conditions, labor market trends, institutional factors) affects strategies on enterprise and employability
  • To understand the importance of tracking graduates paths for the development of an employability strategy
  • To understanding the importance of networks for the development of an employability strategy

To fulfill those aims, the workshop has focused the following objectives:

  • To present and discuss data on the employability strategies of partner Universities
  • To produce an implementation plan to complement the strategic plan for enterprise and employability

Lectures and presentations by EU lecturers:

  • The importance of tracking graduate paths and collecting data on employability of graduates (Mr. John Gabriel, London Met University): Data collecting

Thang Long University has also sent a team of 4 members from International Relations Department, Economics and Management Faculty and PR Department to attend the training workshop. The team have presented:

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The Hub4Growth project

General Information

HUB4GROWTH project (Heightening University-Business partnership for smart and sustainable GROWTH in Asia) is an EU project launched with the purpose of building capacity for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Asia.

The importance of relations between HEIs and their socio-economic environment has become a topical issue in the last 20 years, being stressed in Europe within the current ‘Europe 2020 Strategy’. Employability of university graduates and ensuring stronger relevance of universities’ activities within their economic environment has moved high on the political agenda. Whereas in European countries relations between universities and enterprises have been developed and intensified during the past decade, PC (Partner country) HEIs need support and transfer of good practices for the creation of strategies and instruments in this domain; integrating lessons learned in Europe in the experiences and needs from the different target PCs constitutes an essential pillar of the project.

Taking into account initial need analysis, the project globally aims at contributing to the socio-economic development in the PCs by strengthening linkages between universities and enterprises in terms of cooperation and partnerships.

Project Partners

The project consists of 12 universities (4 European and 8 Asian universities).  The project’s coordinators are the University of Da Nang (Vietnam) and the Agora Institute for Knowledge Management (Spain).  The universities of the partner countries participating in this project are:

Institutions Country
University of Da Nang (Coordinator) Vietnam
Agora Institute for Knowledge Management (Coordinator) Spain
University of Da Nang Vietnam
Royal University of Phnom Penh Cambodia
Svay Rieng University Cambodia
Tribhuvan University Nepal
Purbanchal University Nepal
Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences Mongolia
CITI University Mongolia
London Metropolitan University England
University of the Peloponnese Greece
Mykolas Romeris University Lithuania

Objectives of the Projects

Within the above-mentioned target, specific objectives of Hub4Growth are:

  1. Strengthening managerial, strategic and administrative capacities of personnel of the 8 PC HEIs for the implementation of university-wide collaboration with local enterprises.
  2. Establishment and pilot implementation of interface structures (University-Enterprise Centres, UECs) and services for the development and maintenance of universities-enterprises cooperation at the 8 PC HEIs.

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