Intel Vietnam and industry partners have announced a $US2 million expansion to a higher education program promoting a highly-skilled technical workforce. The funding commitment will help to combat declining enrolments in the country’s vocational colleges.
The Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEAAP) is a partnership between government, universities and industry that began in 2010. It aims to improve the quality of Vietnam’s higher education ICT curriculum and support the country’s growing high-tech sector.
The program’s major partners are the Government of Vietnam (Ministry of Education and Training), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Arizona State University (ASU) and Intel. Eight Vietnamese technical universities and colleges are also taking part.
Supplementary funding for HEAAP means the program will continue through 2014 and will extend to vocational colleges where enrolments have recently declined.
Vocational scholarships will also be made available to women who show academic promise, in a bid to improve the perception of vocational careers. Currently, only four percent of students enrolled in applied technology programs at Vietnamese vocational colleges are women.
Rick Howarth, General Manager of Intel Products Vietnam, said: “Further investment in this program means Intel, with its industry and government partners, will continue to foster the development of a workforce that can help support the rapidly growing high-tech sector. This is vital when considering the critical role ICT plays in economic growth.”
“The additional commitment is in line with our pledge to work closely with Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training to support the educational needs of Vietnamese communities,” he said.