Coleg y Cymoedd have recently visited Vietnam to pass on expertise in Teaching and Quality to vocational colleges in Hanoi. Â
In partnership with the British Council â€˜Foundation Project Vietnamâ€™, representatives from Coleg y Cymoedd undertook the trip to demonstrate good practice in Teaching and Learning and Quality Assurance to Vietnamese colleges.
Coleg y Cymoedd is partnered with three colleges in Vietnam – Hanoi Electrical Mechanical College, Hanoi Industrial College and Vietnam Korean College with the British Council and General Department of Vocational Training (GDVT) to enrich learning experiences in both Vietnam and Wales.
The aims of the 13 day visit in March were to share UK College Self-Assessment Process and Quality Management Systems, Share UK teaching strategies and resources with a particular focus on the development and integration of social and employability skills and Share UK assessment strategies.
On the visit Coleg y Cymoedd staff were tasked with benchmarking current Quality Assurance and Teaching and Learning practices and undertake training needs analysis in these areas. The college delivered â€˜Train the trainerâ€™ in country so that the Vietnamese colleges could implement new practices and training within the institutions.
UK College staff undertook action planning to ensure that Vietnamese colleges would commit to improvements and took part in an evaluation seminar to determine impact of training and distance travelled. All colleges involved also had the opportunity to discuss the potential for future collaboration and sustainability to the partnership.
Head of Business and International Services at Coleg y Cymoedd Elaine Rees said â€œThis is a fascinating project to be part of and it is brilliant to see the first stages of cultural and ethos change following this visit. In the long term the colleges involved will improve teaching tools and methods, assess students skills more accurately, improve student and staff motivation and inevitably enhance student employability skills.
We are proud to be part of this visit, which feeds into wider international plans for Coleg y Cymoedd and along with previous cultural exchanges, is helping to create stronger relationships with colleges overseas.â€
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