Around 70 policy makers, education experts and university representatives met to discuss the topical issue of university rankings and governance and the important role of education providers in preparing students for jobs of the future.

 Autralian Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick OAM in a joint photo with delegates
This workshop is especially timely as university autonomy is a top priority for the Government and universities strive to improve quality, employment outcomes and global recognition.

In opening the workshop, H.E. Mr Craig Chittick OAM, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, said “competition and collaboration, including international partnerships, are key to the success of Australian universities”.

According to the latest QS (Quacquareli Symonds) Rankings, Australia has seven universities in the world’s top 100 universities. Australian institutions are active knowledge and skills partners with Vietnam as it develops its expertise and world-class universities.

 “In an era of globalisation, university rankings is a world trend for higher education. Quality and governance are interrelated pillars that lead to improved university rankings”, said Prof Tran Cong Phong, Director General of VNIES.

 Overview of the workshop
Mr. John Molony, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) of Deakin University and keynote workshop speaker, is also on the QS World University Rankings Advisory Board. Mr Molony provided an overview of World Ranking Systems, the criteria that systems use to assess institutions, and how Vietnam universities can improve their rankings’.

According to Mr Molony, student to faculty ratio, publication rate, and the quality of graduates are among the criteria that universities should prioritise to improve their positions in the world rankings.

Australian and Vietnamese governments and universities are committed to continuing our outstanding cooperation to enhance education quality for both countries.

Reported by Binh Chau-Hoang Bac