At the ceremony, participants validated a toolkit developed to assist APEC countries with quality assurance in online education. 

The toolkit was first considered by 13 APEC economies, including Vietnam, in October 2016 and is now being road tested before seeking endorsement at APEC later this year. Vietnam is one of three countries receiving in-country assistance under the project.

It aims to promote a shared understanding of good practice and provide some practical tools for evaluating aspects of online delivery, for example, around teacher skills and integrity of assessment.

The signing ceremony in Hanoi (Source: CPV)
Participants at the workshop discussed Vietnam’s directions and challenges in accrediting online education and looked at how the toolkit might assist Vietnam to strengthen its quality assurance processes. This assistance is especially timely for Vietnam which is currently developing guidelines on distance education. 

Addressing the seminar, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Pham Manh Hung said that Australia is one of the leading countries providing scholarships to Vietnam, with over 400 scholarships granted per year.

Now, nearly 24,000 Vietnamese are studying and researching at universities and research institutes in Australia.

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick said that Australia is committed to supporting educational reforms in Vietnam, and online education will provide great opportunities for universities in Vietnam and Australia./.

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