Open Call: ESAA Projects

Bạn nào là thành viên của Erasmus (vd: từng được hoặc đang nhận học bổng Erasmus Mundus của EU…) thì nhanh nhanh apply nha! Deadline: 12/12/2018

For those who are members of various Erasmus organisations, please consider to apply! 

Minh Châu

Open Call: ESAA Projects

The ESAA is excited to launch its first call for projects for 2018-2019.

The ESAA Projects scheme aims at encouraging collaboration across ESAA Member Organisations and advance ESAA’s mission.

  • Launch of application call: November 23, 2018
  • Application deadline: December 12, 2018 (23:59 CET)
  • Plan to implement all activities in your project no earlier than 1st of February 2019 and no later than 31 May 2019.

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Higher Education in Vietnam

Enrollment at the tertiary level has grown dramatically in Vietnam over the last decade, with the national gross enrollment ratio (college enrollment as a percentage of the total college-age population) rising from 10 percent in 2000 to 16 percent in 2005, and 25 percent last year, according to data from the UNESCO Institute of Statistics. However, the system faces a raft of challenges in responding to the employment needs of Vietnam’s growing economy, especially as it seeks to climb the value chain away from a focus on low-wage manufacturing towards modern industry and innovation.

In this article, we offer an overview of the Vietnamese higher education system, the challenges it faces, and the reforms needed to improve. In addition, we touch on the current mobility trends of Vietnamese students abroad, finishing with a look at some of the most commonly seen academic credentials, including a file of sample documents and advice on what credentials to request when evaluating Vietnamese files and how best to convert grades.
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STEAM not STEM: Why scientists need arts training

From biotech to climate change, advances in technology raise significant moral questions. To engage responsibly, our next generation of scientists need training in the arts and ethics. 

In 1959, the British physicist and novelist C.P. Snow delivered a famously controversial lecture at Cambridge University. He described a post-war schism between two groups — scientists and the literary world.

Snow identified this as a newly emergent divide, across which each party was more than happy to sneer at the other: Scientists proudly unable to quote a phrase of Shakespeare, and literary types untroubled by the second law of thermodynamics. Tiếp tục đọc “STEAM not STEM: Why scientists need arts training”

Why Developing Countries Should Not Neglect Liberal Education


By: David E. Bloom and Henry Rosovsky

Worth and genius would thus have been sought out from every condition of life, and completely prepared by education for defeating the competition of wealth and birth for public trusts….
(Thomas Jefferson, addressing the benefits to society of a liberal education, in an 1813 letter to John Adams)


Western civilization is home to a long tradition of liberal education, defined as an emphasis on the whole development of an individual apart from (narrower) occupational training. The beginnings of this philosophy can perhaps be traced back as far as ancient Greece and more clearly to the trivium (grammar, rhetoric, and logic) and quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music) of medieval times. That tradition has continued, and today liberal education is an important segment of higher education in all developed countries. Its role in nurturing leaders and informed citizens is recognized in both the public and private sectors. Global statistics are difficult to obtain, but our impression is that interest in liberal education is growing in many parts of the West. Tiếp tục đọc “Why Developing Countries Should Not Neglect Liberal Education”

Germany claims success for elite universities drive

Report praises US$5-billion scheme for making leading universities more competitive — but some smaller institutions have done just as well.

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Heike Zappe/ Humboldt University

Humboldt University in Berlin, one of the ‘elite’ institutions favoured by Germany’s Excellence Initiative.

Nature – For a decade, Germany’s government has tried to explode the myth that all the country’s universities are equal. In 2006, it launched an 11-year, €4.6-billion (US$5-billion) programme that aimed to make the best German universities more competitive with the likes of Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard. The campaign, called the Excellence Initiative, led to 14 institutions gaining the common — although unofficial — label of ‘elite’. Tiếp tục đọc “Germany claims success for elite universities drive”