On Tuesday March 31st, 2015 the University of Technology and Education (UTE) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam inaugurated a new distance learning (DL) classroom equipped with the latest technology in videoconferencing and collaboration software and hardware. This facility will allow UTE to connect with Arizona State University (ASU) and other institutions of higher education around the world to create an interactive channel between faculty and students. These type of global interactions are aimed at increasing the competitiveness of UTE graduates by preparing them with crucial skills needed in today’s workforce, such as: team work, problem solving, project planning, presentation skills and English language training.
The DL classroom is a US $278,345 co-investment between UTE and the HEEAP Alliance partners, specifically Intel and Pearson. The classroom has a capacity for 50 people arranged in 7 workstations, each one equipped with tools that support virtual collaboration. Prior to the creation of this classroom, UTE successfully offered global engineering courses with 8 different universities and 12 companies in the disciplines of telecommunications, biomedical engineering, and information technology, among others. The DL classroom will be utilized by UTE to further expand its collaboration opportunities with Vietnamese and global partners and continue to enhance the teaching and learning experience on its campus.
The DL classroom inaugural ceremony was presided by Minister Pham Vu Luan, Ministry of Education and Training (MoET); and by the U.S. Consul General for Ho Chi Minh City, the Honorable Ms. Rena Bitter; as well as other members from UTE and local MoET leadership.
The inauguration event was part of a workshop where the Rector of UTE, Prof. Do Van Dung, presented a report to Minister Pham Vu Luan on recent achievements by the University in the areas of: Innovative teaching facilities and methods, teacher training, increased professional standards, program assessment and accreditation, international integration through innovative financing mechanisms and advances in scientific research.
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