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Project funding

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Bonn


Landesakademie für Fortbildung und Personalentwicklung in Schulen, Esslingen site (since March 2019: Center for School Quality and Teacher Training Baden-Württemberg, Division 45, International Cooperation)

At the Esslingen branch of the ZSL (formerly Landesakademie Esslingen), there are approximately 25,000 teacher training days per year for teachers at vocational schools in Baden-Württemberg. International cooperation and educational projects have a long tradition at Esslingen and have been overseen by the International Office for many years. Since March 2019, this has been the responsibility of Department 45 (International Cooperation) at the ZSL in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, which operates numerous education projects in vocational education and training worldwide. In the FiVe project, the state academy was responsible for the project management and for the further education and preparation of the Vietnamese teaching staff for the technical school. FiVe project manager is Sigrid Roth-Berlin.

SEPT (Small Enterprise Promotion and Training), Universität Leipzig

The International SEPT Program is a training and research program of the University of Leipzig focusing on the promotion and management of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as the planning and implementation of training programs for professionals and managers from developing and emerging countries lies. As a university program, SEPT has its own experience in education export to developing and emerging countries. Since 2006 SEPT offers an MBA degree in Hanoi and since 2012 also in Ho Chi Minh City. Under the direction of Professor dr. Utz Dornberger research the colleagues of the University of Leipzig on the conditions of success in the international education transfer and assisted the partner school in Hanoi with the marketing of the new education and the creation of a business model. In order to increase the practical relevance in further education, SEPT was responsible for the connection of Vietnamese companies to the training of technicians. The contact person at SEPT is Gunnar Kaßberg.

WMU (Wirtschaft – Mensch – Umwelt) GmbH,

The WMU GmbH is an internationally active company in the conception, planning, implementation and evaluation of education and training and works on projects for the planning and implementation of action-oriented teaching for clients such as GIZ or the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg. As part of the FiVe project, WMU is developing a quality management concept for the partner school in Hanoi in close cooperation with the experts of the state academy. The WMU project leader, Christoph Lorenz, has continued to commit himself to the use of e-learning tools and prepared the Vietnamese partners for their use.

Local partner

Hanoi-IEC Co. Ltd., Hanoi, Vietnam

The company IEC, headed by Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam, is responsible for project support on the Vietnamese side. Ms. Than Quynh Phuong, IEC project leader for the FiVe project, and her colleague Le Phuong Quynh have provided logistical support, steered reconciliation processes, and, most importantly, translated both verbally and in writing. The project’s success benefited greatly from the fact that both employees, apart from German, also mastered the technical language of electrical engineering.

Cooperation partners

Hanoi Vocational College of Technology (HACTECH), Hanoi

Duration of the project (pilot phase)

1 October 2016 to 31 October 2019

Target group

Professionals with a high school diploma and completed vocational training in occupations in the field of electrical engineering.

Description of the project objective

The project FiVe has taken on the problem and tries to close a gap in the qualification requirements of the companies by establishing a technician training according to German standards. This is to supplement the vocational training system of SR Vietnam with the new training as a technician.

The goal of the FiVe project is the gradual establishment of a first technical education program in the field of electrical engineering in Vietnam, following the example of the Baden-Württemberg technical education. The Vietnamese graduates achieve a degree recognized by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports as a “state-certified technician / technician”. Furthermore, the training program should be recognized by the competent ministry in Vietnam and serve as a basis for the dissemination of the technical college.

Associated with the introduction of the technical college is the professional and didactic training of Vietnamese vocational school teachers. The establishment of a quality management system (ISO certification) as well as the development of a marketing strategy and a business plan are further goals of the project. Another goal is the recognition of the technical college degree obtained in Vietnam by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Baden-Württemberg.

The effects of the project FiVe

The graduates of the technical school are highly qualified specialists who have both practical and theoretical knowledge in their field and who acquire expertise in the areas of “personnel management” and “cost-conscious action” through the vocational school education. This holistic professional qualification allows to meet the requirements of middle management and self-employment. Technicians are an important link between engineers and skilled workers.