COE Prepares for Exchange with Vietnam Universities

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May 13, 2014
Pictured (L-R): Hanoi Nat'l University of Education President Nguyen Van Minh, UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple, UH Mānoa COE Dean Donald B. Young

From June 2–13, 2014, Dean Donald B. Young and a delegation of professors from the UH Mānoa College of Education (COE) will visit three universities in Vietnam to further develop international academic partnerships.

The COE will engage in a series of seminars, workshops, and meetings with Hanoi National University of Education, Hanoi Foreign Trade University, and Ho Chi Minh City University of Education. Topics will include teaching English to young children; family, school, and community partnership in early childhood education; professional English writing for educators, and technologies in education.

With a focus on related policies between the U.S. and Vietnam, COE faculty and Vietnamese institution partners and stakeholders will work together to create effective partnerships in higher education. In Hanoi, an assembly of English teachers, students, and parents will have opportunities to share their insights and invite feedback related to English training and education.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed at Ho Chi Minh City University of Education. The MoU encourages the exchange of faculty, scholars, students, academic information, and materials in the belief that the research and educational processes at both universities will be enhanced and that mutual understanding between their respective faculty members, scholars, and students will increase by the establishment of such exchanges. A similar MoU was signed with the Hanoi National University of Education in December 2013.                            

With the COE’s mission and commitment to improving education, not only in Hawai‘i but also in the Pacific region, these exchanges among faculty members who have strong educational backgrounds and professional experience will build robust partnerships between UH and Vietnam’s higher education institutions, thereby enhancing the collaboration between the U.S. and Vietnam.

For more information, please visit the COE International and Special Programs (IASP) website at, go to the COE homepage at, or contact International Programs Coordinator Loan Le at, (808) 956-4523.

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