Through the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP), founding partners United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Intel Corporation partnered with 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 to collaborate on the transformation and modernization of top engineering and technical vocational universities in Vietnam. This includes university leadership development, faculty development, curriculum innovation, and university engagement. 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.
The Vietnam Electronics Industry Association reports the Vietnam Electronics Master Plan will achieve $5 billion in electronics exports by 2010. This is an increase of $1.4 billion from 2006. The Master Plan states over 300,000 jobs will be created by 2010 in the high tech electronics sector and will be the main driver for growth through 2020. Intel Corporation has invested $1 billion in an Assembly and Test Operation in Ho Chi Minh City and Foxconn announced a $5 billion investment to construct three plants in Vietnam. This illustrates a few of the many high tech electronics organizations with growing operations in Vietnam.