Soft Skills Training for Senior IT Students at Can Tho University

Can Tho University (CTU) teamed up with the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) this March to hold a Soft Skills Training Workshop for CTU’s senior IT students. The workshop, held at CTU on March 27, equipped more than 60 senior IT students with the necessary knowledge, experience and skills to land a job after graduation.

HEEAP funded the soft-skills workshop to thank CTU’s senior IT students for their volunteer work at the March 19-20 Vietnam Engineering Education Conference.

Mr. Le Van Khoi, HEEAP In-Country Director, served as the workshop’s lead trainer. Throughout the day, he taught students how to write CVs, search for jobs, prepare for interviews and succeed in new organizations, emphasizing skills and qualities required to successfully complete workplace tasks.

Students learned these skills through a wide range of methodologies, including role-playing, partner work, group activities, exercises, games, case studies, discussions, presentations, break-out sessions, problem-solving and sharing.

"After the workshop, we feel more confident and know how to prepare ourselves before graduation," a student representative said after completing the workshop.

Khoi has over ten years of international work experience and served as a professional trainer with Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), where he trained more than 6000 university students from over 30 universities across Indochina.

Because of impressive student testimonies and requests, HEEAP and Can Tho University will continue hosting Soft Skills Training Workshops in the future.

Photo captions:

1. After cooperating to build catapults and learn about teamwork, students gather excitedly to view their results. 
2. Once students complete the team-building exercises, they receive professor feedback about their projects and the skills they learned. 
3. Here, students learn the soft skills associated with teamwork by working together to build catapults.

Story by Alex Gregory