On October 8th, 2021, after five days of serious and professional working, quality assessment specialists from ASEAN University Network (AUN) completed their 237th programme assessment at programme level for four educational programs of Vietnam National University, namely: Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology, Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Management of Resources and Environment (VNU-HUS), and Master of Environmental Engineering (VNU-Vietnam Japan University).
This is the second year in a row that AUN has conducted external programme assessment online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the closing session, AUN specialists assessed the strengths and weaknesses and provided consultation on the four training programs of VNU. AUN - QA model for programme level assessment includes 11 criteria: Expected learning outcomes, Programme Structure and Content, Teaching and Learning approach, Programme specification, Student assessment, Academic staff quality, Support staff quality, Student quality & Student advice and support, Facilities & Infrastructures, and Quality assurance of teaching and learning process.
Overall, all four training programs were positively evaluated regarding the ability to update and catch up with current trends in industries. However, the AUN assessment team also recommended that staff members in charge of these programs continue to exchange with other academic institutions, domestically or internationally, in order to improve the quality.
Representing the assessors, Dr. Yu Un Oppusunggu from the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia gave his appreciation to VNU and its faculties members for having properly coordinated with AUN for the work to be progressed smoothly. He highly commended the way VNU cooperated with AUN to carry out an organized and effective assessment. He expected that accreditation of training programs according to AUN - QA standards would further enhance the academic quality of VNU.
Mr. Phạm Bảo Sơn, Vice President of VNU, gave his thanks to AUN specialists for having seriously and professionally conducted the online assessment, especially in times of difficulty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He highly appreciated the efforts of all VNU member units taking part in the assessment. VNU believes that comments and recommendations from AUN specialists will provide a guide for further improvement of the programs receiving accreditations from AUN this time, and hopefully, all educational programs within VNU.
Up until now, VNU has had 40 educational programs that are accredited according to AUN-QA standards. It is expected that in the near future, eight more programs of VNU will be accredited according to this set of standards.
Representatives from VNU - HUS