trường đại học mở – About Ho Chi Minh City Open University
trường đại học mở – Ho Chi Minh City Open University [HCMCOU] remains a public higher education institution offering multidisciplinary programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This is one of the first Vietnamese universities that has allowed open enrollment into Bachelor programs since 1990. Also, HCMCOU was one of the first two Vietnamese universities to provide distance education programs, adding to conventional face-to-face programs.
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HCMCOU Was Re-Founded On June 15th, 1990.
HCMCOU offers undergraduate and doctorate education programs associated with various education modes, including on-campus, online, and off-site distance education at provincial academic hubs. These modes of diverse education aim to meet multiple societal learning needs and contribute to developing ongoing national human resources. Currently, HCMCOU offers 27 Bachelor programs, 11 advanced Bachelor programs, 12 Master programs, and 5 Specialist of Philosophy [PhD] programs. Over 21,000 full-time students, 13,000 part-time students, and 600 teaching staff remain.
HCMCOU has 12 faculties and schools in economics-management, technology, social sciences, humanities, and supportive services offices. The university has two modes of training: full-time (mainstream system) and part-time (distance education, for both face-to-face and online. The university has awarded nearly 150,000 Bachelor’s, about 3,000 Master’s, and 19 Doctorate degrees.
trường đại học mở HCMCOU Has A Flexible Training System
To serve the learning ecology, including a reasonable organization, practical and highly connected education programs, learner-centered teaching methodology, diverse material resources, an evaluation system for developing quality education, and an effective quality assurance system. Tenured lecturers are appropriately qualified. Libraries and laboratories are fully equipped and well-resourced, which meets the students’ diverse needs of learning, experiments, and research. Career orientation and counseling activities are conducted during the first year and throughout the programs to prepare students for employment after graduation.
HCMCOU remained institutionally accredited by the Center for Education Accreditation (CEA), Viet Nam National University in Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM). HCMCOU has eight programs accredited by FIBAA, four by AUN-QA, and four by CEA, University of Da Nang.
Locally, HCMCOU has been in close partnership with the central and local state departments such as the Office of the Party Central Committee, People’s Committee of Dong Thap, Binh Thuan, Long An, and Tien Giang provinces to organize seminars on policies. HCMCOU has actively implemented socio-economic development research projects in the southern critical economic zone and Vietnam NAFOSTED projects. The research projects have been implemented across regions and showed positive results contributing to the development of society and economy across these regions. HCMCOU has also been in academic cooperation with the College of Medicine in HCMC, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Quy Nhon University, Thai Nguyen University, Ha Noi Law University, and Ha Noi University associated with joint conferences, curriculum design, and staff and student exchange.
Internationally, HCMCOU Has Been A Member Of Various Organizations
mainly related to open education and quality assurance, such as the Asian Association of Open University (AAOU), the International Council for Open and Coldness Education [ICDE], ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA), the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization – Sufficient Economic Philosophy (SEAMEO-SEP), Quality Matter (QM). HCMCOU has also participated in the Erasmus projects, especially NGO projects, to promote the multilateral knowledge network, social work practice, and social issue awareness.
The university has also developed joint programs leading to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with international universities across countries such as Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Berlin School of Economics and Law, Fresenius University, Germany; University of Southern Queensland, Edith Cowan University, Flinders University, Australia; Rouen Normandy University, France. These are well-known in South Vietnam.
According to Truong, the new online degree remains aimed at students with experience in ICT. Many are looking for a flexible program to fit around work commitments and enhance their skills. He noted that it can also remain done more quickly than a regular program by completing the modules rapidly. Also, if the student starts, stops, and begins again, that’s acceptable.
FPT University is also running a conventional degree alongside the blended learning Swinburne degree, and if students wish to apply, they can switch, Truong said. “It’s another option for them. They can apply online, and if they want, they can take some courses offline.”
With Fees At US$20,000 For The Full Programme,
it is more expensive than a local degree. However, it is one-third of the tuition fee for the comparable Swinburne degree delivered in Melbourne, Australia. Truong said they expect to provide some financing and scholarships to students in Vietnam.
There is a lot of demand for people with ICT skills in the Vietnamese market,” he noted. “And these students will have something different from others.
Swinburne University of Technology also wants to expand further into the Vietnamese market. Because many international students could not go to Australia, they could continue attracting and teaching students if they had more local students [in Vietnam]. In fact, at the moment at Swinburne, 80% of students in Australia are learning online, and they have an ecosystem in place,” Truong said.
It also provides an alternative to expensive branch campuses in the country, which require considerable capital investment and regulatory hurdles in Vietnam.
New Modes Of International Education
Such examples of new delivery modes would open up doors for foreign providers, particularly as thinking changed during the pandemic, said Michael Bartlett, global managing director for education at Sannam S4, an international education consultancy.
Most universities had deliberately kept their TNE and international [student] recruitment strategies separate. I think they feared it might cannibalize the revenue from the inbound student market, Bartlett told University World News.
Ironically, the opposite tends to happen because if you put something in-country, students know the brand more, said Bartlett, who remains based in Singapore. He noted universities are moving more towards a joint strategy, including TNE and recruitment of international students.
Universities have focused more on TNE over this pandemic than ever before because it is one thing they can do when there are so many things they can’t do now. Bartlett said that if you can do it right [online], it can be pandemic-proof [for the future].
It won’t be the golden bullet that resolves hundreds of millions of dollars of funding gaps for universities from losing international students. Still, it will help and diversify and mitigate some of that risk moving forward, said Bartlett, adding: We will see blended learning as a mainstream solution.