The project

Building University-Industry Learning and Development through Innovation and Technology (BUILD-IT)

Sponsored by USAID and led by Arizona State University, BUILD-IT leverages deep and diverse government-industry-academic partners that share a goal of tightly linking science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instruction in Vietnamese higher education institutions to the needs and capabilities of industry partners to produce graduates who can lead inclusive, technology-based growth.

The rapid adoption of educational innovation will be driven by the input of key stakeholders through their participation in semi-annual solutions councils. A network of maker innovation labs will support curricular innovation, providing students and faculty with a venue to implement the applied-problem and project based curriculums being developed. The Higher Education Learning and Innovation Exchange (HELIX) will serve as a web-based repository for educational assets, resources, and faculty training and development tools.

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Our priorities

1 Strengthen Higher Education Policy

We work with institutions and policymakers to develop and formalize new practices and higher education governance systems accepted institutionally and by MOET. Executive Leadership training in collaboration with Portland State University (PSU) will embed world-class institutional policy practices within Rectors and senior leadership in Vietnamese Universities.

2 Enables University-Private Sector Collaboration

We develop curricular partnerships, mentorships, and industry sponsored experiential opportunities in innovation spaces, building students’ professional and technical competencies in preparation for STEM careers. We facilitate semi-annual student-industry engagement events, launches campus based-programs providing female mentors in STEM careers; and hosts Women in STEM Leadership forums supporting academic initiatives and scholarships for females in STEM degrees.

3 Improving Academic Programs and Outcomes

We partner with Vietnam National University (VNU) and University of Danang (UDN) Accreditation Institutes in developing quality assessor training for national impact. Partner institutions will also participate in university, academic program, and course quality training, designed in collaboration with Catholic University of America (CUA), and will establish robust assessment and evaluation systems to support continuous program improvement and international recognition and accreditation