Vietnam Association of Community Colleges - VACC
The Vietnam Association of Community Colleges (VACC) is a social-vocational organization representing the common voice of universities, colleges and other training institutes. The VACC follows the community college model in Vietnam. The association runs for the mutual interest of the whole organization and of each member. It accelerates the development of a life-learning model, contributing to the socio-economic development of Vietnam and of its communities.
The establishment of VACC is recognized as a great break-through in Vietnam’s modern educational system. It presents a new development orientation and milestones the manifest change of the global community educational system and its necessity in current educational context. To its member institutions, VACC acts as a forum in which they can learn from each other, share experience in managing community colleges as well as apply this model in the specific context of Vietnam. Besides, VACC also works as an advertising channel, promoting the image and competency of member institutions to the community to make them known and seek potential partners. One of VACC’s main responsibilities is to enhance awareness of the community about the roles of community colleges to train human resources and contribute to the nation’s socio-economic development.
Community Colleges in Vietnam
Community colleges are post-secondary institutions differing from universities as they focus on technical training and skills. They offer anywhere from short term to 3-year training programs geared towards meeting the labour market needs. These programs offer classes such as:
- Informational technology
- Foreign languages (English)
- Tourism studies
- Culinary arts
- Food processing
- Small business management
The community college system in Vietnam has learned a lot from the Canadian model following several years of support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The common philosophy behind both systems is to address the multiple needs of the public they serve, community colleges train low-income students in wide range of careers in accordance with demands of the local industry. They are geared toward local students and local needs, and help students access jobs with specific training. While universities are usually in big cities, community colleges students can attend courses while staying in their local community. Also, these types of colleges can work with local businesses to develop customized training geared toward specific needs.
Vietnam has 200 community colleges. The government promotes a “training based on society and meeting businesses’ demands”. The idea is to educate a significantly bigger segment of the population with two to three year vocational training instead of the traditional four-year universities training.
Uniterra assists the Vietnam Association of Community Colleges and certain leading community colleges directly. Through the support of Canadian volunteers, Uniterra helps building teaching and management capacities of the college’s employees, to develop better training programs more geared to the job market. The result? Better qualified graduates who can access higher paying jobs.