For years, international cooperation has been an important resource for professional schools in Hai Duong province to quickly access modern education to improve the quality of training.
Hai Duong Central College of Pharmacy often sends lecturers and students to international schools for learning and exchanges
For the last five years, Sao Do University has cooperated with 23 international universities and organizations strong in vocational training, science, and technology in many countries like Japan, South Korea, France, Russia, and Germany.
"International cooperation is one of criteria to meet the quality standards set by the Ministry of Education and Training. This is an inevitable direction of domestic professional schools as well as Sao Do University. Apart from some traditional relations, our university has proactively selected schools with similarities for cooperation invitation," Vice Rector of Sao Do University Vu Quang Thap affirmed.
Over the past time, Hai Duong Medical Technical University has become a leading training unit in some medical technical and nursing specialties in the country.
To incessantly improve the quality of education and gradually access advanced curricula, the university is interested in expanding cooperation with many international universities.
Since being upgraded to university in 2007, the school has cooperated with dozens of international universities and organizations.
Not only universities, colleges in the province are also aware of the importance of international cooperation, thus paying attention to implementation.
"Our college has signed memoranda of understanding on cooperation with two foreign universities. In the time to come, we will invite schools providing pharmaceutical training in Southeast Asia for cooperation," said Vice President of Hai Duong Central College of Pharmacy Tran Ba Kien.
There are sections in charge of international cooperation at all professional schools. Officials and lecturers at the sections are good at foreign languages and actively look for information of schools, especially those having similar curricula, for connection and cooperation.
At present, professional schools' international cooperation is mainly in the fields of training and scientific research. Following cooperation programs, two sides exchange lecturers, students, and syllabi and share training experience and technology with each other.
From international cooperation, Sao Do University has actively sent lecturers abroad as postgraduates. Currently, more than 50 lecturers of the university are attending postgraduate courses in foreign countries
International schools are willing to assist the university in sending students there for practical experiences.
For years, students with relatively good learning aptitude or better have been prioritized to go to Japan, South Korea, Singapore, etc. for experience in 3 - 6 months.
In the foreign countries, apart from learning to improve technical skills, students are given suitable jobs to reduce costs. They have favorable conditions to improve their English listening and speaking skills.
International schools have also supported the university with scholarships and teaching equipment, such as electronic and mechanical circuit board models of Kao Yuan University (Taiwan), sewing lines of a school in Hong Kong, etc.
Through international cooperation, Hai Duong Medical Technical University has also approached training methods for some new and modern majors.
"Through exchanges and cooperation with some international schools, our university has worked out a new physiotherapy syllabus. In the coming time, we will have a new rehabilitation subject on phonic training to treat children suffering from autism or language delay," said Dinh Thi Xuyen, Deputy Head of the International Cooperation Department of Hai Duong Medical Technical University.
Since starting international cooperation, Hai Duong Central College of Pharmacy has no longer taught students in the traditional way. Instead, lecturers use e-lesson plans, let students work in groups, hold discussions, and study by themselves, etc.
However, international cooperation at some schools has not been fully effective. Because of limited funds, some schools cannot frequently send lecturers and students abroad for learning, re-training, and experiences. Material facilities and training equipment of many schools remain limited and asynchronous, making it difficult to apply advanced curricula of foreign countries.