The University of New England’s Professor Victor Minichiello is one of seven international experts invited by the Vietnamese Government to deliver a two-week training program for leaders of higher education institutions in Vietnam.
The seven international scholars travelled from the United States, Japan, Singapore and Australia to Vietnam, where Professor Minichiello, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of UNE’s Faculty of The Professions, spoke on their behalf at the program’s opening ceremony.
Professor Minichiello congratulated the Government of Vietnam for investing in its academic institutions and supporting the leaders of those institutions. He spoke about the opportunities and challenges facing higher education – including those associated with new technologies to support the changes occurring in teaching and learning, and those associated with the preparation of graduates for the workforce of the future.
The program, which began on Monday 30 November and continues till Monday 14 December, was funded by Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training and organised by Dr Le Phuoc Minh from Vietnam’s National Institute of Educational Management. Attended by 170 Rectors and Vice Rectors, this year’s program follows the success of the inaugural program last year.
In welcoming the participants, the Vice Minister of Education and Training, Tran Quang Quy, said that the training program was designed to update and supplement knowledge and skills about managing, leading and administering universities and colleges, and help Rectors lead and support their staff in promoting change and following the direction of the modernisation, globalisation and standardisation of higher education.
Professor Minichiello delivered a course on staff development, using some of UNE’s training programs for staff as examples of current best practice. He said that staff development recognised the importance of staff competence, commitment, and capacity to change for the successful achievement of a university’s current and future goals, and that it was an important investment for the future of the organisation.
“The fact that Professor Minichiello and UNE were invited to participate in this training program represents recognition of our expertise and the commitment of our staff to assisting colleagues and governments in Asia to further develop their higher education systems,” said UNE’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Webb.
“The reform of higher education in Asia presents an enormous challenge to governments,” Professor Webb said, “but it’s one that Asian countries are taking up with enthusiasm.”