Let me start by setting the scene. 42 fellows. Ten ASEAN countries. Five weeks. Mix that with a robust program schedule, community service projects, road trips and an affinity for karaoke, and you get the ASU YSEALI program.
From February 9–12, 2017, Arizona State University successfully hosted the 13th Annual Vietnam Education Foundation Fellows and Scholar Conference. The Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) is an independent U.S. Federal Government agency created with the mission of strengthening the U.S.-Vietnam bilateral relationship through educational exchanges in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).
Twenty students and two professors from the School of Mechanical Engineering’s (SME) Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT), flew to Hanoi from Japan in late February to participate in a global project-based learning (PBL) collaboration with Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) and SME. The challenge of the project was to design and create a vehicle that was able to store and use its own energy and was capable of running a distance of exactly five meters.
In January, 71 teams from Cao Thang Technical College (CTTC) competed in Robot Sumo 2017, sponsored by Han My Viet Automation Co., Ltd. Inspired by Japanese Sumo wrestling, this is the third year of Robot Sumo where students apply their engineering knowledge to solve real-world problems.
The Intel Grand Master Challenge Fellowship offers 19 graduate students a scholarship to attend Arizona State University for a year-long graduate program, as well as a living stipend. University visits throughout Vietnam were conducted by the Fellowship program staff in the last two weeks of March in order to promote the scholarship to senior year undergraduate students.
Together with the Secondary Education Department of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and Arizona State University, Thai Nguyen University of Education hosted a half-day workshop titled “Integrated Education: Experience and Emerging Issues in Vietnam.” The workshop took place on March 7, 2017 with 70 participants, including leaders and experts from the Department of Secondary Education, MOET, administrators and lecturers from Thai Nguyen University of Education, STEM education specialists, secondary school principals and STEM teachers, and representatives from ASU, Microsoft Vie
On March 13 and 15, 2017, BUILD-IT and the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Educate program co-organized two one-day workshops in Ho Chi Minh City and Danang respectively with the participation of 87 faculty members from seven higher education institutions in Vietnam.
On February 13, 2017 an AUN-QA Certification Ceremony was held at Danang University of Science and Technology (DUT) for two advanced programs in Electronic and Communication Engineering, and Embedded Systems.
The two programs have been successfully assessed by ASEAN University Network – Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) and received the highest score to date in Vietnam. This is also the second highest assessment result throughout ASEAN region based on AUN-QA standards.
On March 7–8 2017, Mitch Kirby, Senior Academic Advisor from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and his colleagues in Vietnam visited two of ASU’s academic partners with HEEAP, VULII and BUILD-IT: Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education (HCMUTE) and Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT). The ASU Vietnam team also attended the meetings.
The Building University-Industry Learning and Development through Innovation and Technology (BUILD-IT) marked the completion of its first project year with a retrospective look at progress to date and a look forward to our upcoming initiatives and opportunities during the annual solutions council meeting, held on February 28, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam.