The Catalyst Project is sponsored by the European Union (ERASMUS) with the aim of developing an innovative vocational training in 3 years.
This project is comprised of 13 education institutions from the EU, Vietnam, and Laos:
- Five EU partner universities in this organization: Germany (2), Ireland, Romania, and the U.K.
- Two partner universities in Laos
- Six universities in Vietnam:
1) Vietnam National University
2) Hung Yen University of Technology and Education
3) Vinh University of Technical Education
4) National University of Laos
5) HCM University of Technology
6) HCM Universitt of Technology and Education
The concept for the Catalyst Project, the brainchild of Assoc. Prof, Gerard Cullen, was proposed in 2015. After more than 2 painstaking years of developing and submitting to the European Commission, on March 12-17, 2017 the Catalyst Project Kick-Off Meeting was held at HCMUTE with the participation of the EU, namely Elisabeth Lazarou (CBHE Project Leader), Assoc. Prof. Gerard Cullen (Dresden University of Technology Germany), Nguyen Thi Quynh Nhu (The Pyramid Group, Germany), Dr. David Allan, Dr. Fiona Hallet (Edge Hill University, U.K.), and Padraig Kirby, Jerald Cavanagh B.Sc. Econ, MSc. MA (Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland).
This project is made up of 6 packages with 11 modules, working toward the ultimate mission of transforming the conventional teaching method in the cutting-edge Interactive one, zeroing in on improve the teaching staff and students. Also, the project will urge digital teaching, IoT application, making full use of Library, and create an official foreign language conversion framework, which is expected to take education in participating to the next level.
The trial period of this project is slated to commence in November, 2017.
In collaboration with international institutions toward the betterment of vocational training, Vietnam at large and HCMUTE in particular will benefits greatly and advance further thanks to the concerted effort for this significant project.
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