Dr. Alastair Morrison, the Head of International Partnerships at Bournemouth University (UK), visited Nam Can Tho University on May 19, 2023 and had a meeting with the school representative.
Bournemouth University is a public university in Bournemouth (England) with two main campuses: Talbot and Lansdowne. It was established in 1992 and has a diverse student body of about 19,000 students, of which over 2,600 are international students from 120 different countries.
Bournemouth University. (Photo 1: Internet)
Various prestigious organizations that assess universities globally with strict standards have recognized Bournemouth University as a top-tier university. It is in the top 300 in world university rankings, which reflect the academic quality and reputation of universities around the world. It is also in the top 70 in The Young University Rankings 2022, which highlight the best universities that are 50 years old or younger and have achieved excellence in teaching and research. Furthermore, it is in the top 50 in The Impact Rankings 2022, which evaluate the social and environmental impact of universities based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The university excels in media, communication, business and current technology sectors, which are highly relevant and in-demand in today’s society.
Facilities at Bournemouth University. (Photo 2: Internet)
At the meeting, Nam Can Tho University’s representatives, including Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dao Duy Huan, the Vice Rector in charge of International Cooperation (IC); Assoc. Prof. Dr. Do Van Xe, the Dean of Department of Science and Technology - IC; and Dr. Nguyen Thi My Linh, the Assoc. Dean of Department of Science and Technology - IC, discussed with Dr. Alastair Morrison the plan of cooperation and international training linkage between the two universities. Those proposed fields for collaboration were English Language, Multimedia Communication, Public Relations and Information Technology.
Dr. Alastair Morrison – Head of International Partnerships at Bournemouth University. (Photo 3: DNC Studio)
According to Dr. Alastair Morrison, the admission requirements would vary depending on the major, but all majors would require students to have an IELTS certificate. For example, students who wished to study Public Relations would need to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in writing and speaking skills. He explained that this was because Public Relations involved a lot of communication and presentation skills, which required a high level of English proficiency.
The representatives of the two universities also searched for ways to lower tuition and costs for students in the joint training program. They explored offering scholarships, and tuition deduction of Bournemouth’s policies for joint program or partner universities.
The meeting between representatives of the two schools (Photo 4: DNC Studio)
The two universities have also decided to align the curriculum of four majors at both schools to develop a common training roadmap for the international joint program. The program will ensure that students acquire knowledge from both education systems.
The proposed joint training programs are 2+2 and 3+1. Students will study at DNC for the first two years and at Bournemouth for the last two years for the 2+2 program, and three years at DNC and one year at Bournemouth for the 3+1 program. The programs will offer students the opportunity to experience different cultures and learning environments, as well as to enhance their career prospects.
A memorable moment with Dr. Morrison at Nam Can Tho University. (Photo 5: DNC Studio)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dao Duy Huan thanked Bournemouth University for the cooperation proposal at the end of the meeting. He also stated that the school leaders would coordinate with the representatives of the faculties to find the most suitable and convenient solution for students, considering their academic interests and financial needs. He assured to send a response to Bournemouth University soon with the feedback and suggestions from the faculties.
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