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TRA VINH, 25.7.2014 – Ms. Jennifer Katherine Mowbray, WUSC volunteer came to Tra Vinh University (TVU) for her voluntarily affairs on gender equality.



From left to right: (3) Ms. Thach Thi Dan, TVU Vice Rector (4)

Ms. Jenifer Katherine Mowbray

Ms. Jennifer Katherine Mowbray is planning to offer her voluntary work at Gender Community Department, TVU for several months, from July 2014 to March 2015. She is going to co-operate with Faculty of Southern Khmer Language- Culture-Arts to hold seminars on gender equality and soft skills to TVU students.


Ms. Thach Thi Dan, TVU Vice Rector said: “Gender equality is special characteristics of North America and TVU is applying and developing the appropriate model effectively because there is large number of Khmer population living in Tra Vinh province.”


TVU is one of beneficiaries from Vietnam Canada Community College Project funded by Canadian government. On this occasion, the Vice Rector, on behalf of TVU Rector Board, expressed her sincere gratitude to Canadian government and WUSC for their great contribution to the university since its establishment.

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TRA VINH, July 16th, 2014 – In the afternoon of July 15th, Dr. Nguyen Van Son, Research Staff Member, IBM at Abany Nanotech University of Albany,CNSE,USA was warmly welcomed by Dr. Pham Tiet Khanh, TVU Rector.


 Dr. Nguyen Van Son received the acknowledgment for his great contribution from TVU

Dr. Nguyen Van Son is one of overseas Vietnamese who offers great contribution to TVU development.


From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Nguyen Van Son sponsored TVU for its projects such as safe vegetables project and school project for holding seminars on chemistry to students co-operated by IMB company,Vietnam.


Dr. Pham Tiet Khanh said: “Dr. Nguyen Van Son has contributed to TVU remarkably, specially in research, curriculum development and competence development to TVU lecturers and students.” 


On this occasion, Dr. Nguyen Thanh Son, on behalf of Prof. Vinh Phat, Dr. Bui Van Dao, Ms. Tran Khanh Tuyet and Mr. Nguyen Thanh Chim, donated scholarships to the students.


Dr. Nguyen Van Son honorably received the acknowledgement of Tra Vinh Provincial People’s Committee for his contribution to the educational development

Dr. Pham Tiet Khanh respectfully acknowledged the kind contribution. He strongly hopes that Vietnam education in general and the provincial education in particular will receive more contributions for its development.


The four individuals were also received the acknowledgments.  


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TRA VINH, June 23, 2014 – “Changing Life and Encouraging Ability through Soccer (C.L.E.A.T.S)” is the camp’s theme this year with participation of 130 students from the School of Practical Education, TVU.



A volunteer conducted children football skills

It is the second year when this program was taken place from June 23 to June 28, 2014 held by TVU and Volunteers in Asia (VIA).


Mr. Wesley Hedden, Southeast Asia Program Director said: “It is very necessary to encourage soccer ability and the camp is an appropriate venue for developing the ability.”


Mr. Wesley Hedden and 21 volunteers who are active students coming from USA, Cambodia and Vietnam enthusiastically conducted children on football skills.


The children are aged from five to 12 and number of these participants is double comparing to those last year.


Mr. Tran Van Trong, TVU Vice Rector said he was strongly impressed to see the children participating C.L.E.A.T.S as it was useful entertainment, not only encouraged soccer ability but also trained living skills to the children.


A representative of the children’s parents expressed that it was great opportunity for them to do physical exercises and he was so grateful to the Organization Board for holding this wonderful activity.


C.L.E.A.T.S was closed on June 29 at TVU and it was continuing to happen from July 1 to July 11, 2014 in Kandal province, Cambodia.


From right to left: Mr. Wesley Hedden (1) and Mr. Tran Van Trong (2) were blowing their whistles for the opening ceremony


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TRA VINH, June 4, 2014 – on June 2, the delegation of Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) was warmly welcomed by Mr. Nguyen Tien Dung and Mr. Le Van Don, TVU Vice-Rectors. 


On the side of ITC, Mr. Soy Ty, Director for Undergraduate Programs, Mr. Moeung Noi, Chief of Foundation Year Dept and Mr. An Bunéng, Chief Bureau of Academic Affairs came to select the two TVU eligible students.


In 2014, the seven candidates in the competition are the students who are in majors of Information Technology, Philology and etc… 


Mr. An Bunéng said: “Successful candidates are the students who pass mathematics, physics and the face to face interview. The two most excellent students are sponsored 200 USD per student per month by ITC”



The candidate was confident in the interview

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TRA VINH, 25.4.2014 – On April 25, Tra Vinh University (TVU) received leaders of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) who came to examine the success model of TVU after the University was upgraded to its current university status from a community college.



CIDA delegation and TVU

Ms. Suzanne Taschereau, Project Director Canada, Ms. Brenda Cooke, Project Director Vietnam and Mr. Brent Howell,  Dean of School of Engineering, Canada also took part in the delegation.


On the side of TVU, Mr. Tran Hoan Kim, Chairman of Advisory Council, Mr. Nguyen Tien Dung and Mr. Le Van Don, TVU Vice Rectors were very pleased to work with the delegation.


Ms. Suzanne Taschereau said: “We are very glad about the success of this community college model. It is considered to be a typical college- university model.”


She applauded efforts of the university for this model which has left impressive outcomes, especially co-operative program among students, TVU and enterprises.


Mr. Brent Howell mentioned that TVU’s investment in human resources plays a key role for this success. He said: “Although TVU admits that this model is fromCanada, I believe it should be called the Tra Vinh model.”


Vice Rector Nguyen Tien Dung made it clear that a focus on staff training is an integral part of the University’s strategies to be sustainable.


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TRA VINH – How accurately and how fluently students speak English was the first speaking activity Stuart Vinnie, the Senior ELT Training Consultant for Cambridge University Press, began the workshop on March 26, 2014 at TVU Campus One.

 The 4-hour workshop focuses on developing speaking skills for TVU English language teachers with the goal of providing all teacher-participants an internationally benchmarked English teaching.


 The workshop was attended by 40 teachers, the majority of them are lecturers from the Faculty of Foreign Languages, who enjoyed hands-on activities and participated in collaborative discussions throughout the workshop to further explore new and more dynamic ways to teach English speaking skills to their own students at the Faculty.

 ‘It is not the language, but what you want your students to do with the language should be the target of a speaking class,’ said Stuart Winnie,  the English training expert in Southeast Asia.

 Under Stuart’s enjoyable and practical guide, participants explored strategies to increase fluency, comprehension, and acquisition of vocabulary designed to motivate reluctant student-speakers.


‘There are many ways to facilitate speaking instruction for English language learners. Classroom management, learners’ mixed abilities, and peer pressure are part of the issues considered during the workshop,’ Stuart said.

‘Be collaborative. Enjoyable. Practical. Predictable. These are all good goals for English language classrooms.’


He reflected his teaching of English in South East Asia, demonstrated how teachers can quickly adapt a speaking activity to suit students’ linguistic abilities and capture their attention.

His instruction was so inspiring that participants can do the same for their students majoring in English at TVU.

Thao Nhung, a young lecturer at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, described her participation in the workshop as both educational and inspiring. ‘I wanted to build teaching skills,’ she said. “This training is a great opportunity for me to refresh myself with the energy I need to teach my students.”


This workshop is among the collaborative activities between Cambridge University Press and Tra Vinh University since the University officially became a Cambridge English Language Assessment center in September 2013.




News by Nguyễn Ngọc Thảo Nhung, Huỳnh Ngọc Tài

Photo by Huynh Sang

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TRA VINH, 12.3.2014 – Tra Vinh University (TVU) recently announced the establishment of the Faculty of Foreign Languages effective March 1. The Faculty, which is currently housed within the TVU School of Medicine and Pharmacy, was detached from the Faculty of Economics, Law and Foreign Languages to establish itself as an independent faculty.


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Mr Le Van Don (left), Vice Rector and Dr Nguyen Thi Phuong Nam

 “The establishment of the Faculty of Foreign Languages reflects the growth in the professionally qualified faculty members,’ said TVU Vice-Rector Le Van Don.


“The new Faculty also reflects the University’s commitment to foreign languages education, especially the English language, which today has become a global language,” added Mr Le Van Don.


TVU Management Board also announced the appointment of Dr Nguyen Thi Phuong Nam as the new Dean, and Dr Ho Dac Tuc as new Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, effective immediately.


The announcement was made by Vice Rector Le Van Don and Deputy Head of Administration Department Ms Tran Kim Anh.


Dr Nguyen Thi Phuong Nam has authored book and co-authored several scholarly articles. She obtained a Master of Arts in TESOL from the University of Canberra followed by a Ph.D. in the English Language and Literature from the University of Amsterdam.


Her research interests include language acquisition, writing across cultures, and literary engagement.


Dr. Phuong Nam received the The Netherlands Nuffic Fellowship in 2008 and as a senior scholar in 2012. She also received the Mekong 1000 Project Scholarship for the period of 2008-2012, and the Vietnam Young Academics Award for 2003-2004.


Prior to taking the new position, Dr Nguyen Thi Phuong Nam was Deputy Dean of Faculty of Economics, Law and Foreign Languages, and Head of Foreign Languages Department.


Over the past years the Department has steadily risen in its significance at TVU as the University pursues its national standing as a qualified English testing center recognised by international language testing body Cambridge Assessment.


“While still relatively small in size, the percentage of our internationally qualified faculty members would rank TVU among the nation’s top English faculties,” Dr Phuong Nam said. “Our new faculty remains committed to quality teaching and scholarship with the pursuit of knowledge and real-life skills as its primary mission.”


Dr Ho Dac Tuc comes to TVU after more than 20 years serving both in the public and private sectors in Australia and Southeast Asian Nations.


“TVU is fortunate to welcome such an impressive deputy dean,” said Dr Nguyen Thi Phuong Nam. “Dr Ho Dac Tuc has distinguished himself throughout his academic career not only as distinguished author but also as a teacher and mentor committed to educational excellence.”


Dr Ho Dac Tuc has published widely both in English and Vietnamese. Prior to joining the University in early 2013, he held leadership positions in academic relations and development at The International School Ho Chi Minh City and British International School. He had previously served as team leader of the World Bank’s Vietnam Higher Education Project in Ha Noi. Over the past two decades he has served in the Australia’s Victorian Government, taught language-related subjects at Deakin University (Australia), and a research associate at Monash University Department of Linguistics.


“The establishment of the Faculty underscores how the University has expanded its faculty members over the years to include internationally recognised experts in their fields,” said Dr Ho Dac Tuc. “The faculty now has over 20 full-time faculty members who bring together expertise from many English speaking countries.”


“We are young and creative, like our students. But our faculty members are diverse,” Dr Ho Dac Tuc added.


Along with these changes, a new Student Career Center is also established in the University to help students determine and fulfill their career goals.


Tra Vinh University (often referred to as TVU) is a public university located in the city of Tra Vinh, a beautiful green city of trees, parks, rice fields, and rivers in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. TVU has grown from Tra Vinh Community College and earned the university status in 2006. More than 20,000 students are currently enrolled in TVU’s 12 faculties. The newly established Faculty of Foreign Languages currently offers accredited English undergraduate degrees as well as minor in English to over 8,000 students from around the Mekong Delta.

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TRA VINH, 27.2.2014 – Dr. Pham Tiet Khanh, TVU Rector and President of Vietnam Association of Community Colleges attended the CCID 38th Annual Conference from February 21 to 24, 2014 in Las Vegas.

The Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) Annual Conference is the only international conference dedicated fully to the advancement of global engagement at the community college level.

Almost 500 representatives of higher education institutions and governmental agencies from 16 nations attended, all of whom made commitments to the development of the community college model that expands access to knowledge sharing among students, faculty and staff.


Mr. Dato’ Amir Bin Md. Noor, Director General,

Ministry of Education Malaysia (left)

Dr. Carol Stax Brown, CCID President (middle) and

Dr. Pham Tiet Khanh, TVU Rector (right)

This year’s theme was “Crossing Canyons.” The conference featured keynote addresses, professional development sessions on sustainable international partnerships and international education.


The TVU Rector highlighted the need for leveraging education and industry partnerships through his presentation with multimedia on “Partnership development between institutions in Vietnamand the U.S.”


His presentation touched the hearts of participants who also very much enjoyed watching the eye-catching video clip showing the hidden charm of Vietnam.


International participants joined Dr. Pham Tiet Khanh after his talk, revealing their passionate for the prospects of partnerships between the two countries, and their keen to visit “a friendly and peaceful country.”



Dr. Walter G. Bumphus and Dr. Pham Tiet Khanh (left)


Following the working sessions in the conference, Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, AACC President and CEO received the TVU Rector to propose programs for faculty exchange, shared curriculum development and teaching capacity building.

“AACC and VACC have established relationships since 2006 when Dr. George R. Boggs was President and CEO. In your current capacity as the President of AACC, I strongly hope that you will continue to develop the productive relationship with our institutions to facilitate the academic achievement, personal growth and quality of life of our students,” Dr. Pham Tiet Khanh told the AACC President.

Dr Pham Tiet Khanh called the conference "a wonderful opportunity. We're delighted to be a part of the global community colleges."

Community Colleges for International Development, Inc (CCID)

CCID is a purpose driven non-profit international membership organization committed to expanding local access to global opportunities through relationship building, education, and development. For nearly 40 years, CCID has provided an international network for community colleges to further their internationalization initiatives and to enhance the development of a globally competent workforce for the communities they serve.


American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

 In service since 1920, the American Association of Community Colleges has aptly been called the "voice of America's community colleges." The Association represents and advocates for nearly 1,200 associate-degree granting institutions enrolling more than 13 million students – almost half of all U.S. undergraduates.



VietnamAssociation of Community Colleges (VACC)

Vietnam Association of Community Colleges is a social- professional organization, representing a common voice of universities, colleges and other training institutions following the community college model in Viet Nam. Number of its member is 52 so far.


Tra Vinh University(TVU)

Tra Vinh University (referred to as TVU) is a public university located in the city of Tra Vinh, a beautiful green city of trees, parks, rice fields, and rivers in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. TVU has grown from Tra Vinh Community College and earned the university status in 2006. More than 20,000 students are currently enrolled in TVU’s 12 faculties.


Contact: Center for Communication and Community Engagement, Tel: 074 3855 246 (ext 237)

TRA VINH, 23.2.2014 – Tra Vinh University (TVU) conducted a regional workshop on environmental sanitation on its Campus One from February 20 to 21, 2014, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET).



More than 120 delegates attended, including 107 representatives of teaching and managerial staff from 50 community colleges of the 13 provinces in the Mekong Delta.


The workshop is a sequel to the national target program on water safety and unified school sanitation for the period 2012-2015 instructed by the Vietnamese central government.


The TVU workshop is part of the follow-up of the Green Campus Joint Activities of Swinburne and Tra Vinh Universities, which, in January 2014, brought 18 students and three academics from Swinburne University, Australia, to Tra Vinh University for a 2-week program to jointly boost environmental awareness.


‘The Senior Management of TVU is fully committed to environmental sustainability, and very much welcomes today's workshop which should help us continue to find ways for improved green campus action plans in our university and the local community,’ TVU’s Vice-Rector Nguyen Tien Dung noted at the opening of the workshop.


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Dr Ho-Dac Tuc explaining basic environmental concepts

Dr Ho-Dac Tuc, Deputy Dean of TVU’s Faculty of Foreign Languages, led the discussions on ‘education about and for the environment’ with a focus on integrating environmental education across the curriculum to complement awareness and environmental actions.


‘Understanding the environment together with a thorough knowledge of basic environmental concepts such as ecological footprint and biodiversity are essential prerequisites for students to actively participate and engage in managing the environment,’ he said.


‘Teachers, supported by Senior Management, play a crucial role in environmental education which means, not only learning about the environment, but also about changing behaviors and lifestyle in ways that help promote green activities and sustain the environment,’ Dr Ho Dac Tuc added.


To this end the actual working example of Swinburne and Tra Vinh Universities’ joint students activities on environmental sustainability and management during a 2-week period in January 2014 was introduced to the participants.


The exemplar suggests a framework for integrating environmental education across key learning subjects and introduces positive environmental changes.


Dr Do Manh Cuong from Ministry of Health provided a long list of sanitation problems that are related to poor hygiene.

He said unhygienic toilet conditions were related to diseases such as diarrhea and parasitic worm infections that cause many people to fall ill or even die.


He went on talking about strategies to reduce the prevalence of diseases that include construction of safe toilets at local schools, and expanding access to improved water and sanitation facilities.


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Mr-Nguyen Tien Dung-promoting TVU green campus project

Ms Thach Thu Trang of TVU’s Center for Climate Change and Community Development provided the participants with a briefing note on sanitation and environmental problems in Tra Vinh province. She suggested that to improve the sanitation environment of schools, education and awareness-raising campaigns for better hygienic practices are needed.


Mr Nguyen Tien Dung told participants that one of the biggest challenges to implementing environmental education is having international experts to train local teachers.


The Swinburne academics visiting TUV last month are expected to establish annual activities with TVU leadership to further develop and reinforce the concepts of Green Campus.



Tra Vinh University (referred to as TVU) is a public university located in the city of Tra Vinh, a beautiful green city of trees, parks, rice fields, and rivers in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. TVU has grown from Tra Vinh Community College and earned the university status in 2006. More than 20,000 students are currently enrolled in TVU’s 12 faculties.

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