In 2017, the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh city (UEH) continued to enhance international collaboration activities in order to strengthen and develop current contacts, widen relationships with more credible partners, and move forward with the globalization environment for UEH.
The international collaboration relationships of UEH are getting more and more developed deeply and widely. In 2017, the number of international guests visiting and working in developing the cooperation relationship was 112 international groups with up to 624 guests in total, increasing 40% compared with that of 2016 (77 groups with the total of 404 guests). The result was UEH broadening the cooperation and signing the 12 cooperating formal agreement (MoU and MoA) with other universities in Europe like Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Israel; in Asia like Philippines, Indonesia, and with Australia, America. The collaboration mainly focused on lecturers and students exchange, research exchange, scientific publications, conference organization, and seminars.
Our university continued to deploy the aforementioned international collaboration programs along with the development of new programs. 15 collaboration training programs with foreign countries were well-operated, adding more credentials as well as good reputation of UEH towards learners and in society. The collaboration training programs often invite lecturers from other university partners to come and teach, exchange academic methodologies and share experience. In this way, UEH received such a teaching and learning environment with high internationality, typically like the CFVG Program, The Vietnam – Netherlands Program, International School of Business – ISB Program, as well as other international programs. The number of collaboration training programs (2011-2017) is: Australia (2), Canada (1), The United Kingdom (1), Finland (1), France (4), Korea (1), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (3), America (1).
In 2017, the student exchange program gained much more development than other years, which can be seen by the increasing number of UEH students giving more attention and participating in short-term and long-term programs, especially the foreign exchange programs (see the chart). The total number of exchange students being exchanged in 2017 reached 627 students, increasing 41% compared with 2016, especially the number of students exchange credits when studying in foreign countries increased double compared to 2016. The number of international students that came to study and exchange credit also increased dramatically. This is a promising sign for the collaborating relationship of UEH in developing more and more of such internationalized strategy. UEH students were capable of embarking on foreign exchange study programs ,UEH training programs are getting standardization in an international way to attract more foreign students.
International collaboration activities for research and research support: with the purpose of increasing the capability and quantity of international publication, UEH invited Prof. Julian Ming-Sung Cheng from The University of National Central (NCU), Taiwan to work for a year in order to provide instruction on journal- writing skills and international publication for young lecturers, as well as to organize one seminar on academic research once a month.
In 2017, UEH also held Asian Law & Economics Association (AsLEA) 13th Annual Conference and in cooperation with the Swiss-ASEAN Learning and Teaching (SALT) Association to hold “The 1st Connect-Us Conference”, which attracted over 60 international scholars from 24 different countries to share their researches. This is also an opportunity for UEH to widen the collaborating relationship, sign more contracts with other credible universities and introduce UEH to new partners.
Additionally, in co-operative research relationship, UEH invited many specialists from universities like Newcastle University (The United Kingdom), Portland State University (America) and other educational organizations and universities to report on topics about international publication and sharing experience on universities internationalization.
These international co-operative activities are contributing continuousely in the success of the internationalisation progress of UEH.