Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Vietnamese delegation impressed with CPUT operations


CPUT recently played host to a high level Vietnamese delegation, which included Prof Dr Pham Vu Luan, the country’s Vice Minister of Education and Training (MOET)

The visit to the institution formed part of a study trip to South Africa.

During March, the delegation visited several education institutions and bodies in a bid to learn more about the South African higher education system.

Currently MOET is in the process of revamping the curriculum at eight Vietnamese universities in order to ensure they develop graduates who have the right skills to be employed in industry.

They are looking at developing a profession oriented policy framework, which will see their universities opt for a teaching and operational environment similar to University of Technologies.

During the visit to the Bellville campus on 6 March 2009, the delegation met with members of the Executive Management, Deans as well as with directors of various units.

They also attended a two-hour information session, where Deans and faculty representatives briefed the Vietnamese delegation on operations at CPUT.

This included the curriculum, programmes, policies, governing structures, teaching methods and experiential training.

MOET Vice Minister, Prof Dr Pham Vu Luan said the information was “very valuable.”

“We want to get our rectors to come to South African and see what is happening at the institution,” he said.

The delegation also visited the Department of Education, South African Qualifications Authority, University of South Africa and the University of Western Cape.

Director of the International Office, Merle Hodges, said the delegation is looking at inviting CPUT to act as “advisors” to MOET, during the rollout of a new higher education framework.

She said they were very impressed with CPUT and would like to implement similar curriculums and structures at their institutions.

DVC Academic, Prof Anthony Staak, said they are looking forward to further collaboration with MOET.

“We must look for opportunities to work together and take this relationship a step further,” he said.

By Candes Keating

Photo: DVC Academic Prof Anthony Staak accepts a gift from Vietnamese Vice Minister of Education and Training (MOET) Prof Dr Pham Vu Luan.

Written by CPUT News

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