Educational Renovation in Vietnam and the Asian Region – Sharing Lessons and Experiences

Educational Renovation in Vietnam and the Asian Region – Sharing Lessons and Experiences

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The Education Renovation in Vietnam and the Asian Region conference was organized by a team of partners which includes the British Council, Vietnam; University of Glasgow (UoG), Vietnam National University (VNU), Education and Vietnam Institute of Educational Science (VNIES). Prof Gopi and Dr Uma Natarajan represented THF in the Conference. The conference was held on 29 June 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam. THF has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Glasgow which leads the work on education reform implementation in Vietnam. The joint study will explore a potential Phase II to support capacity building and sustainable models for training and development in the Vietnamese context. Prof Gopi presented on the education reform experience in Singapore and chaired a panel on comparative experiences (eg. Lessons from Singapore, Shanghai and Glasgow in education reform).

Vietnam has introduced multiple reforms in all K-12 disciplines simultaneously and named it a radical and comprehensive renovation. The reforms target the areas of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, management and leadership. The aim is to improve schools and student outcomes. The conference was organized by government and Ministry of Education partners in Vietnam as they were keen to learn and understand from experiences of nation-wide reform from other Asian nations like Singapore and also the UK and Scottish experience from UoG. Professor Clive Dimmock, a THF Fellow, Professor of Leadership from UoG , was Vietnam government’s partner in the reform initiatives.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.