Through the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP), the Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (ASU), Portland State University Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (PSU) and an expanding industry consortia are collaborating to transform and modernize top engineering and technical vocational universities in Vietnam. This includes university leadership development, faculty development, curriculum innovation, and university engagement. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Intel Corporation are the founding HEEAP partners. In addition, Siemens Corporation, Cadence Inc., and Danaher Corporation (Fluke, Tektronix, Keithley companies) recently joined as industry alliance partners. HEEAP will focus on transforming the existing theory-based engineering and technical vocational programs through higher education enterprise modernization and robust applied and hands-on instructional approaches. These new instructional and pedagogical approaches will graduate students who are work-ready with both project and applied skills and technical communication competencies required by multinational corporations. Global engineers need the skills, knowledge, and leadership qualities that cultivate: self-reliance, social and cultural capital, appreciation for lifelong learning, creativity, conflict-resolution and team-building skills, ethics, understanding of economics and business, and more.