HEEAP works closely with its partners to innovatively and meaningfully engage them in the advancement of engineering education in Vietnam through strategic discussions and creative program advisement. By collaborating with industry and academic peers, the program provides ideas, technologies and paradigms that prepare Vietnamese engineering students for lifelong learning.



Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) members are requested to serve as active participants in the Champions Leadership Committee, which supports the goals and strategic outcomes of HEEAP. Members are acknowledged with special distinction, including name and/or logo in annual reports, materials for faculty workshops, faculty and student projects, newsletters, the program web site and materials prepared for public relations. Members will participate in project selection and advise on the impact of HEEAP in advancing undergraduate engineering curriculum.

Knowledge Transfer

Sponsors become members of the program’s Champions Leadership Committee (CLC), which provides a platform to bring academic, government and industry leaders together to collectively focus on advancing internationally accredited undergraduate engineering curriculum. Through creative idea sharing and discussion, the CLC aligns resources with meaningful and “high-impact” instructional and curriculum projects that are directly linked to HEEAP’s strategic objectives and outcomes. The CLC meets twice annually in Vietnam.

Business Connections

HEEAP provides a neutral meeting place for collaboration. Many sponsors leverage the alliance to build business connections and to collaborate with faculty and universities on advancing instructional approaches and pedagogy that impact workforce development in Vietnam. Sponsors will meet with other sponsors, opening the possibility for collaboration, or even for leveraging the program to organize partnerships or projects with multiple divisions within their own companies.

Student Engagement

One of HEEAP’s greatest strengths is its impact on the lives, performance and success of engineering students. Sponsors engage with students through project sponsorship, which provides applied “real-world” experiences in the classroom and opportunities for industry to identify interns and graduates for hire.

Innovative Project Brainstorming and Project Development Forums

Sponsors see the impact of projects firsthand through annual reports, participation in project proposal reviews and outcomes and formal research papers authored by faculty of participating institutions implementing change projects. HEEAP hosts an annual symposium in Vietnam where faculty, university leadership and participating students share project outcomes, challenges and successes with CLC members. This includes an annual report from the Measurement and Evaluation team to discuss the impact of HEEAP on the advancement of undergraduate engineering education at each of the Vietnamese institutional partner campuses.

Some examples of successful sponsorship include:

One of the HEEAP program goals is to launch binational senior design courses between Arizona State University (ASU), Vietnamese partner schools, and industry sponsored projects. For each senior design course, we seek sponsorship to support a binational team of ASU and Vietnamese engineering seniors to complete an industry-defined problem. ASU and Vietnamese engineering faculty will have an opportunity to collaborate with students and industry on “real” global design projects. HEEAP partners are committed to helping students develop critical and transdisciplinary thinking, global awareness, communication, teamwork, and cross cultural competencies before graduation. Through their involvement, industry partners will contribute to the modernization of the Vietnamese curriculum, provide ASU and Vietnamese engineering students with applied experiences on a value-added industry project, and evaluate students for future positions in their company.
Since its inception in 2010, one of HEEAP’s core objectives has been the modernization of instructional approaches modeling the U.S. engineering accreditation learning outcomes, or ABET Accreditation. To redesign syllabi and instructional approaches to ABET, faculty participate in a rigorous four or six week training institute at ASU. An outcome of this training is the redesign of their coursework with the goal to transform a large percentage of all engineering undergraduate instruction to ABET outcomes by 2018. Sponsorship opportunities are available to provide short-term training scholarships for groups of university or vocational faculty, as well as sponsorship of follow-on Faculty Engineering Education workshops in Vietnam.
HEEAP has always included a Curriculum Design & Instructional Lab component to continue growing the Industry alliance so that additional donations of software, hardware, and faculty training can be made to support the move to applied and active learning instructional methods. Academic partners play a key role in making infrastructural modifications to foster a positive learning environment. Sponsorship opportunities might include building or improving labs and classrooms, hardware, software tools and learning management technologies to expand student and faculty services.
The goal of this sponsorship opportunity is to advance the use of technology to reach larger numbers of students and improve the effectiveness of large classes. Instruction combining digital and multi-media provides personalized learning assets for students and creates efficiencies for faculty to support large classes while focusing on the highest quality of outcome based curriculum. Distance Education is also central to being able to offer lifelong learning to nontraditional students, such as those who work full-time yet want to continue their educational endeavors. This component is one of the reasons many companies join the HEEAP Alliance, because it provides a win-win outcome where existing employees have an outlet for extended education. Across the network of HEEAP partners, we seek both technology and grant donations to support the development of media-based classrooms on each HEEAP partner campus.
A central theme running through HEEAP is the need to increase the proportion of female student enrollments in Engineering and Applied Technologies. One of the ways to achieve this goal is to improve the representation of females in faculty positions and other positions of leadership within academia. In addition, faculty training scholarships will increase the number of woman in HEEAP Faculty Innovation Development Programs. We also seek opportunities for student scholarships. This sponsorship opportunity helps build the pipeline of female students in technical and engineering programs, as well as professors and instructional experts.