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British Council signs agreement to work with Hanoi in education

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British Council signs agreement to work with Hanoi in education

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Memorandum of Educational Collaboration signed on August 15.

by My Van

The British Council in Vietnam signed a Memorandum of Educational Collaboration on August 15 with the Hanoi Department of Education and Training (Hanoi DoET), witnessed by the new Ambassador of the UK to Vietnam, H.E. Gareth Ward.

Together with the Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) signed with the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) just a month ago in July, the British Council in Vietnam continues to demonstrate its commitment to education as a strategic focus in its operations in Vietnam as well as an important area in strategic cooperation between the UK and Vietnam.

The UK and Vietnam are celebrating the 45th anniversary of our Ambassadorial relationship and 25 years of the British Council in Vietnam’s operations, meaning the signing of the Memorandum of Educational Collaboration marks another important milestone.

“Over the past few years, the British Council has played a major role in promoting the cultural relationship between Vietnam and the UK, especially with its support for the quality of education in Vietnam,” said Ambassador Ward. “I am confident that today’s MOC will lay a strong foundation for continuing the fruitful collaboration between the two countries and I affirm that education has always been a pillar of the relationship between the UK and Vietnam.”

“The agreement we are signing today will create opportunities for teachers, students and educational institutions in Hanoi to develop teaching and learning skills,” Mr. Danny Whitehead, Director of the British Council in Vietnam, told the signing ceremony. “This agreement will also help drive forward the education reform that Hanoi DoET has been carrying out successfully.”

The MOC stems from the British Council’s wide-ranging efforts and contributions to education in Hanoi, including quality assurance of schools, teaching methodology, core skills training, English language development, and STEM education.

“The British Council and Hanoi DoET have had cooperative programs that we find effective and suitable for Hanoi’s education system,” said Mr. Chu Xuan Dzung, Director of Hanoi DoET. “Today’s Memorandum will be in effect for three years, not a long period, so we look forward to an immediate action plan for its fruitful implementation.”

With over 20 years of cooperation between the British Council and MoET and with the importance of education and training aligning with the Strategic Partnership between the UK and Vietnam, the British Council in Vietnam and Hanoi DoET commit to further explore mutually beneficial educational partnership opportunities. In the three-year period (from September 1, 2018 to September 1, 2021), Hanoi DoET and the British Council have agreed and committed to implement the MOC in a number of areas.

The British Council and Hanoi DoET have implemented a number of cooperative projects with very encouraging results: 1,837 English teachers have received training and 1,230 teachers attended Professional Development workshops in 2013, 2014, 2015.

In addition, the Kids Read project has been launched successfully, with 3,615 pupils in six primary schools in Hanoi directly participating in project activities, which include teacher training, reading sessions, competitions and community events. Nearly 6,800 students have been given access to over 2,000 books supplied to the six schools through the project, and 1,400 primary school teachers in Hanoi attended a one-day workshop on story telling / teaching methods.

The British Council also plays a key role in brokering partnerships between Hanoi schools, teachers, and education managers with their counterparts in the UK, building trust and understanding through cooperation and collaboration. It has been working closely with Hanoi DoET to support the city’s efforts in improving the quality of its schools and equipping students with the skills to lead, through capacity building and embedding an international dimension in teaching and learning, and, directly as a result of this, every year over 1,000 students from Hanoi go to study in the UK, or nearly half the total number of Vietnamese students in the UK. In addition, 12 universities in Hanoi have TNE programs with UK institutions.

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