Vietnam - Singapore Vocational College Providing High-quality Human Resources

11:40:50 AM | 8/8/2019

Vietnam - Singapore Vocational College has long played an important role providing technical human resources with high professional expertise and qualifications for enterprises in Binh Duong province and in the region.

Education integration

Established under the Training Cooperation Project between the Government of Vietnam and the Government of Singapore in 1997, Vietnam - Singapore Vocational College provides college, intermediate and primary level training; level-crossing training; thematic training; advanced training; continuation training and foreign language training. The college is staffed by qualified personnel, most of whom have intensive training in Singapore, South Korea or some other countries. In addition, the school has teaching contracts with experienced teachers working for prestigious Vietnamese and international schools.

Rector Tran Hung Phong said, “The school always tries to create a healthy learning environment furnished with sufficient facilities for students to study research and entertain. At the same time, it has continued to implement key occupational investment projects to serve the future development of smart Binh Duong City.”

In order to strengthen vocational education integration, Vietnam - Singapore Vocational College has carried out a number of new international cooperation activities in three key areas: International cooperation in training, research and teaching; academic exchange; and lecturer and student exchange.

Recently, especially since 2017, enrollment and training has changed a lot. The sector has issued a series of policies and circulars guiding the Law on Vocational Education with a lot of specific changes like empowering schools to construct training programs. Accordingly, Vietnam - Singapore Vocational College also raised teacher requirements: Compulsory engagement in business operations in addition to current information technology and foreign language qualifications. Reportedly, the college has gradually completed its projects to add some majors like refrigeration and air conditioning, mold engineering, graphic designing and cooperated with other schools to train tourism, restaurant and hotel services. Vietnam - Singapore Vocational College is striving to have a minimum training size of 3,500 students by 2021, including primary, intermediate and college levels. It will develop flexible module/credit-based training programs and base on contractual training orders from enterprises.

Developing startup ecosystem

Currently, Binh Duong province is eyeing to be a smart city and the school is also a member of the Executive Board of this project. To realize this project, the school is also focusing on building FabLab mechanical and electrical manufacturing labs in Binh Duong province to facilitate local startup ecosystem development. Then, it inspires everyone in the community from children to adults, from pupils to students, from individuals to communities, including businesses, to promote creativity and development of new initiatives and products for the community. The school expected to complete the FabLab Electromechanical Laboratory by the end of 2019 and start its operation in 2020.

In particular, Vietnam - Singapore Vocational College proactively contacted companies inside and outside the Vietnam - Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) to inform them of graduated students with their majors for their easier recruitment. Rector Tran Hung Phong said, in order to have good human resources, businesses should support cooperation with the school, from enrollment through the training process. They can participate in building and adjusting training programs, raise opinions about curriculla, provide practice sites for students. In the near future, the school will also cooperate with enterprises to open practical workshops in the latter’s facilities. But, they need to make sure that workshops have dedicated space for training and specific training plans. This is a dual benefit because it not only frees the school’s pressures on practical facilities, but also helps enterprises with young and skilled human resources.

The “business - government - school” cooperation model has brought practical benefits in vocational training, improved professional skills for students, and met the requirements of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.