On 19-21 May, 2022, the International Symposium: ‘Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education – Yesterday and Tomorrow” was organized at the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE) Quy Nhon. Ms. Nguyen Thi Cuc Phuong – PURSEA Project Coordinator, Ms. Nguyen Thai Huyen representative of Hanoi University of Architecture, and Mr. Le Van Hinh, representative of University of Economics - Law - Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, member universities of the PURSEA project, have participated in the symposium.
The symposium was organized with the support of the Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, the French Embassy and the Italian Embassy in Vietnam represented Team Europe, in collaboration with Rencontres du Vietnam and EURAXESS ASEAN. This event has gathered some 200 participants, including representatives of Vietnamese universities, the Ministry of Education and Training, Binh Dinh province's leaders and representatives of the diplomatic missions. With a combination of virtual and physical event, international experts and representatives of European universities also attended and presented at the symposium.
The symposium was organized with the aim of supporting universities in Vietnam to prepare proposals for the Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education for the period of 2021 - 2027, based on the experiences and feedbacks from previously participating universities. Furthermore, the symposium also created an opportunity to evaluate the quality of projects with the participation of Vietnam in the period 2015-2020, as well as to share information and experiences with other Vietnamese universities who want to participate in the project but have not applied yet. This has created great motivation and encouragement for the preparation of new proposals from 2023 with the cooperation of the EU, its member states, partners in Southeast Asia and especially Vietnam.
Ms Nguyen Thi Cuc Phuong, PURSEA Project Coordinator, Vice – Rectrice of Hanoi University, gave a brief introduction to 8 Erasmus+ KA2 projects that the University participates in, especially the PURSEA project "Renovated university pilotage in Southeast Asia”, coordinated by the University. Ms Phuong's sharing of the preparation stage of the project, the advantages and difficulties of project management in many aspects such as expertise, administration, finance, communication... have attracted attention from universities participating in the symposium. Some universities wish to share more about their project management experience within the project management manual, as well as to participate in the project’s results dissemination activity that the PURSEA project is planning to organize for Vietnamese universities in March 2023.