Research innovation focus in Vietnam

An education conference in Southeast Asia last week hosted academics from around the world including members of La Trobe University’s Faculty of Law and Management  to discuss the key topic of ‘Innovation in Teaching, Research and Management in Higher Education’.

Consultant Lecturers Mike Turner and Michael Burgess the Deputy Director General of the Ministry and Higher Education Department, Her Excellency, Dr Nguyen Thi Le Huong The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Training Center (SEMEAO RETRAC) co-organised the event alongside the British Council as part of its annual program of conferences tackling issues in education that effect Vietnam and surrounding countries. 
Consultant Lecturers Mike Turner and Michael Burgess from La Trobe University’s Graduate School of Management attended the conference giving a key note address and moderating sessions at the international SEAMEO Conference which was held in Ho Chi Minh City on 14 and 15 July.  

Presenting a paper entitled A Possible Higher Education Pedagogy for Vietnam, Turner and Burgess explored the sustained high levels of economic growth Vietnam has experienced over recent years and how the global competitiveness index has not improved in parallel

‘Previous research indicates significant differences between Vietnamese and Western styles of management. Country culture is, however, not a homogeneous phenomenon and differences appear between the management and outcomes in both the North and South of Vietnam’ explained Burgess.

‘Our paper contended that one way of addressing this disparity in methodology and subsequent outcome is for higher education business and management courses to be Vietnamised, to provide a construct by which western management techniques might be better understood.’ he said.

The two also met with the Deputy Director General of the Ministry and Higher Education Department, Her Excellency, Dr Nguyen Thi Le Huong (pictured).

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) was established in 1965 as a chartered international organisation whose purpose is to promote cooperation in education, science and culture in the Southeast Asian region of the world. Its vision is to be a dynamic, self-reliant, strategic policy-driven and internationally recognised regional organisation for strengthening regional understanding and cooperation in education, science and culture for a better quality of life 

Their annual conferences address a range of critically important issues and themes relating to innovation in research, teaching and management in the hope that it will also aim at bringing in new ideas, perspectives, practices, experiences and implications for Vietnam, the region and the world.

For more information on the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Training Center visit the website at http://www.vnseameo.org/

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