Datuk Dr Paul Chan and Dr Dr Dinh Phuong Duy exchanging mementos of appreciation during the MOU signing ceremony at HELP University.
– By Lim Vin Tsen – 17 August 2017
HELP University recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreement with Ho Chi Minh City Cadre Academy (HCA) as part of an exchange agreement between the two institutions to kick-start several initiatives. One of the main initiatives is to promote an academic and student exchange programme between the universities’ professors, lecturers, researchers, as well as undergraduate and graduate students.
The purpose of the MOU signing ceremony was also to further galvanise HELP University’s forte of offering their English Competency programme, executive education, professional development, pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at HCA. Both parties also agreed to exchange academic information, materials, and periodical academic publications as well as start joint research programmes between the two institutions.
At the MOU signing ceremony, HELP University was jointly represented by Mr Stephen Wu Ghee Kean, Vice President of HELP University and Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting; Fiona Woo Yoke Fong, Vice President of HELP University and Datin Dr Wendy Liow Guat Eng, Vice President (Corporate & Operational Performance) and Dean of the ELM Graduate School. The HCA team was led by Dr Dinh Phuong Duy and his eight academic staff.
Some of the other initiatives discussed included a flexible study tour for working adults in Vietnam to visit Kuala Lumpur. Participants who join this study tour will have the opportunity to attend workshops and visit selected companies and tourist spots. Other initiatives include proposing English competency courses, especially spoken English, with selected Master’s programmes from the HELP Master’s programme series being offered as Vietnamese government officer training. HELP University also proposed to provide Masters and PhD/DBA programmes to the HCA lecturers, allowing them to further their studies and upgrade their academic qualifications. This is in line with HCA plans to offer Masters programmes in the future.
As a show of support and consideration, HCA is also considering franchising HELP’S undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at its academy. The discussion ended with Datuk Dr Paul Chan, Vice-Chancellor and President of HELP University, signing the MOU Agreement with Dr Dinh Phuong Duy.
Ho Chi Minh Cadre Academy (HCA) was honourably named after the former General Secretary Nguyen Van Cu. Since then, the Nguyen Van Cu Party School has rapidly grown and developed into what is currently known as HCA. The academy was upgraded from Ho Chi Minh Cadre College to Ho Chi Minh Cadre Academy – a modern education institution equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. In its 50 consecutive years of establishment and development, HCA has actively trained and created a large number of leaders and officials, many of which went on to serve various political, social and economic organisations in Ho Chi Minh City as well as for the central-level organisations, and other cities and provinces across the Southern region of Vietnam.
Together with the key purpose of offering political theories training for HCMC’s public servants and leaders, HCA also offers supplementary courses on various skills – including leadership, State management, business administration, foreign languages and informatics, Party’s work, government’s work and unions’ work – for grassroots-level cadres. HCA has also partnered up with other academies and universities to offer Advanced levels and bachelor’s degrees in Politics, Public Administration, Economics, English and International Relations among others.