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Closing Session of the 425th AUN-QA Programme Assessment

On May 30th, 2024, Can Tho University (CTU) held the Closing Session of the 425th AUN-QA Programme Assessment. Attending the session, on the AUN-QA Assessment Team side, were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sharul Tazrajiman Hj Tajuddin, Head of the Evaluation Team, Lead Assessors including Prof. Dr. Suzeini Binti Abd Halim, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nuanthip Kamolvarin, Prof. Dr. Riza Atiq Abdullah bin O.K. Rahmat, along with other members of the External Evaluation Team. On CTU’s side, there were the Vice Rectors: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hieu Trung, Prof. Dr. Tran Ngoc Hai; Dr. Phan Huy Hung, Director of the Quality Management Center, and representatives from relevant units and those with training programs being assessed.

 Overview of the Closing Session

During the three days of evaluating the four training programs: Tourism and Hospitality Management, Aquatic Products Processing Technology, Information Systems (undergraduate level), and Computer Science (master’s level), the AUN-QA Assessment Team worked with the leaders of the units with the evaluated training programs, representatives of stakeholders, visited the facilities, and inspected the evidence from self-assessment reports to summarize and make objective conclusions aligned with the actual situation and in accordance with quality assessment guidelines. As a result, the AUN-QA Assessment Team proposed useful recommendations to help CTU continue to improve and enhance the quality of service to learners, contributing to the training of high-quality human resources to meet societal needs.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hieu Trung’s speech at the Closing Session

At the Closing Session, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Hieu Trung expressed his sincere thanks to all members of the AUN-QA Assessment Team for their contributions to CTU’s quality accreditation efforts over time. The observations and recommendations from the team are not only useful for building better training programs but also significantly contribute to the overall development of the university. This foundation allows CTU to continuously improve and better fulfill its mission of education, research, and community service.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sharul Tazrajiman Hj Tajuddin’s speech at the Closing Session

On behalf of the AUN-QA Assessment Team, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sharul Tazrajiman Hj Tajuddin expressed joy at the continuous development of CTU and the units with evaluated training programs over the years. He believed that with the experience gained in educational quality accreditation, the university will increasingly enhance its position as a leading multidisciplinary university in the region and the world. Additionally, through the evaluations, experts from the AUN-QA and 190 member universities in the region will have the valuable opportunity to learn and develop together.

During the session, the Lead Assessors of the AUN-QA Assessment Team presented preliminary results from three days of work, sharing very positive information. They specifically pointed out the strengths and also highlighted the aspects that need to be supplemented and improved in the training programs. The AUN-QA Assessment Team was particularly impressed with the facilities and modern equipment supporting learning and research, as well as the spacious environment at the university, which encourages students to be more active in extracurricular activities. Support units and services for students, such as the Health Station, the Center for Student Consultation, Assistance and Start-up, and the Youth Union-Students’ Association, always operate effectively, helping students to build a solid foundation of knowledge and essential skills for comprehensive development in the future.

AUN-QA Assessors present preliminary evaluation results

Over more than 58 years of establishment and development, CTU has become a key national higher education and postgraduate institution in the Mekong Delta region, approaching the quality of education and training found in the region and the world. Currently, CTU has 18 training programs that have achieved education accreditation certification according to the standards of the Ministry of Education and Training, and 26 training programs that have achieved certification in education quality accreditation according to AUN-QA standards. The percentage of teaching staff with doctoral degrees has risen to nearly 55% (the national average for universities is over 30%). Additionally, the University has appointed four more professors and 21 more associate professors, bringing the total number of professors and associate professors to 196, accounting for 17% of the total number of staff members.

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