Implementation of the project "Renovating university governance in Southeast Asia" (Pilotage Universitaire Rénové dans le Sud-Est Asiatique - PURSEA)

The kick-off conference for the project "Renovating university governance in Southeast Asia" (Pilotage Universitaire Rénové dans le Sud-Est Asiatique - PURSEA) was held on February 26, 2020 at the Hanoi University. The project is hosted by French-language universities - Asia-Pacific Regional Office (AUF-DRAP) and 15 universities in Europe and Asia and built in early 2019. The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission has just approved the grant for the project for three years (2020-2023). The main purpose of the project is to strengthen university governance capacity eight higher education institutions in Southeast Asia through supporting the development and implementation of appropriate development strategy for each unit, with different context and characteristics.

The universities in the Southeast Asia which are directly beneficiaries include 06 Vietnamese universities and 2 Cambodian universities, namely: Hanoi University, University of Transport and Communications, Hanoi Architectural University, University of Science and Technology - Danang University, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Economics - Law (National University of Ho Chi Minh City), Cambodian Institute of Technology, Cambodian University of Health Sciences.

European partners include the National Center for Scientific Research, the University of Lorraine, the University of Bordeaux Montaigne, the University of Bretagne Occidentale, the University of Toulon, the University of Duisburg-Essen, and the Free University Brussels. These are the resources of experts with experience in university administration, change management, risk management, capacity building training for universities in Southeast Asia. AUF plays the role of co-ordinator, administrative and financial manager of the project.

Delegates attending the kick-off conference of the project "Reforming university governance in Southeast Asia" took photos.

The three objectives of the PURSEA project include: developing the necessary methods and tools to improve the quality of strategic planning of each member university; to implement an action plan as well as governance mechanisms and support for change in each university; to build a toolkit to gather, share and advise, support strategic planning of universities in the region.

In order to achieve the above goals, the participating universities will exchange experiences and support each other in implementing activities through training courses in Vietnam and abroad.

Project activities are divided into 10 groups:

Activity 1: Kich-off meeting for the project;

Activity 2: Self-assessment of the degree and characteristics of autonomy in each university;

Activity 3: Analysis of the environment outside the university;

Activity 4: Self-evaluation of university development strategies, internal analysis;

Activity 5: Develop a plan and strategic planning toolkit;

Activity 6: Deploy and monitor implementation of action plan in several years.

Activity 7: Strengthen the university leadership to adapt to change;

Activity 8: Quality assurance, response to risks and internal assessment;

Activity 9: Organizing and transfering project results;

Activity 10: General management, administrative and financial management of the project.

The University of Transport and Communications and the Free University of Brussels are assigned to be in charge of Activity Group 6.

UTC representatives took photos with representatives of the project coordinating units: AUF and Hanoi University

Within the project's activities chain, in the afternoon of February 27, 2020, the external evaluation team of the project visited and worked with the University of Transport and Communications. During the discussion with the delegation, Prof.Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Long - UTC's Rector shared the challenges, difficulties and future orientations of the university and expressed the commitment and efforts of the UTC when participating in the project with the desire to renovate the governance capacity. The expert team highly appreciated the current achievements of the university with efforts to upgrade modern equipment and facilities for teaching and research.