Case Study

International Benchmarking of Viet Nam

Northern Ireland Colleges

In October and November 2018, as part of the EU-funded VET Toolbox project, four vocational colleges in Vietnam were assessed and benchmarked to UK quality standards by two NI College experts.

The project was designed to inform and support Vietnam’s Vocational Training Development Strategy (2011-2020). The inspection drew on UK guidelines to benchmark the quality of teaching and learning in the four selected colleges to UK standards and assess the robustness of the quality assurance mechanisms in place.

The selected colleges were Can Tho Vocational College, Nha Trang College of Technology, Dalat Vocational College and Thu Duc College of Technology.

Viet Nam, Global
Quality Assurance

Northern Ireland (NI) Colleges is an alliance of six regional Further and Higher Education Colleges, located in Northern Ireland (UK), specialising in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Collectively, NI Colleges operate across 40 campuses, resourced by 3,500 professional and technical staff who service some 154,000 annual enrolments. Working alongside a network of 10,000 employers, NI Colleges provides a highly innovative curriculum that ensures learners develop professional and technical skills, increasingly at higher levels, to meet employer needs.

NI Colleges has a successful track record of delivering TVET training and capacity building projects across the globe with 250 international partnerships and over 60 “live” annual projects. It sends 600 students and 220 staff on mobility each year and welcome over 420 visitors to learn, share best practices and explore the cultural aspects of life in Northern Ireland, UK.

The 6 colleges that make up Northern Ireland Colleges are:

The challenge was to support Viet Nam improve the quality of vocational education and encourage them to gain more confidence to develop innovative approaches and sustainable solutions to move towards achieving international quality standards in line with Viet Nam’s vocational education development strategy.

To support the initiative and in response to a request from the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training, the team were tasked with conducting a review based on UK inspection frameworks and approaches and evaluate the quality of teaching and learning operations in four selected Colleges in Vietnam.

Subsequently, key findings and recommendations for improvement were to be presented to an audience of colleges, the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training and The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

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