VULII holds Vocational Rector’s Seminar in San Francisco

VULII holds Vocational Rector’s Seminar in San Francisco

VULII holds Vocational Rector’s Seminar in San FranciscoFrom April 20 to April 24, threeRectors and Vice Rectors from Vietnamese vocational colleges participated in the first Vocational and University Leadership Innovation Institute (VULII) Vocational Rectors Seminar in San Francisco, California.

At the seminar, participants attended the American Associate of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention, where they were able to learn from and network with more than 2000 college presidents and senior administrators from the US and other countries. 


Participants included Rector Nguyen Thi Hang of Ho Chi Minh Vocational College of Technology, Vice Rector Le Van Tan of Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City, and Rector Dao Khanh Du of Cao Thang Technical College.   

After the seminar ended, VULII participants spent a day discussing their experiences as college presidents and attending one-on-one strategic leadership planning sessions with Dr. Dan Shunk, professor and Avnet Chair at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. In these sessions, the Rectors learned how to plan strategically within the specific context of each of their institutional environments.

“In the VULII meeting with Dan Shunk, I became aware of the important role of the leader in an organization. I got a better idea of how to build strategic plans, and I was able to understand the differences between management skills and leadership skills,” said one of the Rectors.

In the future, VULII plans to hold similar Vocational Rectors seminars.

Story by Alex Gregory

Photo: Seminar participants are pictured with Kathryn Mohrman, VULII Director, at the AACC Convention in San Francisco.