In the preparation for the implementation of the Mechatronics training programme based on German standards, Mr Frank Schulze and Mr Uwe Himmel, international experts from the Programme “Reform of TVET in Viet Nam” paid a visit to Ninh Thuan Vocational College (NTVC) from the 29 September to the 2 October 2020. The fact-finding trip aims at assessing the colllege’s practical training workshops, facilities, teachers’ capacities and relationships with local enterprises in the field of mechatronics.
During the first 3 days, the experts inspected 10 workshops/labs (including equipment) related to Mechatronics and Electrics- Electronics. Based on the teacher self- assessment competencies survey conducted earlier this year, they also interviewed teachers to select suitable ones responsible for each workshop and respective training module. In general, NTVC teachers have been highly evaluated for not only their capacities but also their readiness for the upcoming implementation.
Regarding cooperation with the business sector, a meeting was held between NTVC, GIZ and company representatives from Ho Chi Minh City hi-tech park to discuss cooperation opportunities in the future. An Advisory Industry Board for Mechatronics will be established with committed partner enterprises for further discussions about the implementation of the cooperative training programme. “This is the great chance for our company to cooperate with the college and help improve the trainees’s skills, especially during in-company training phases”, stated Mr Nguyen Duc Huy, Board Director of Management of Ho Chi Minh City hi-tech park.
On the last day, NTVC welcomed Dr Sebastian Paust, the First Counsellor, Head of Development Cooperation from the German Embassy in Viet Nam, together with Dr Juergen Hartwig, the Director of the Programme “Reform of TVET in Viet Nam” to share an overview of the activities within the frame of the Vietnamese-German‘s technical and financial cooperation programme. Key findings from the fact-finding trip were presented by GIZ experts to propose recommendations for an effective implementation of the training programme. The workshop is closed with a Memorandum of Understanding between NTVC and GIZ on plan for the next three years, focusing on the implementation of the Mechatronics training programme and supports for NTVC to become a Center of Excellence for Renewable Energy.