British University Vietnam awarded QAA accreditation

February 23, 2023 | 16:13
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British University Vietnam (BUV) has officially become the only university in Vietnam awarded QAA university-wide accreditation.
British University Vietnam awarded QAA accreditation
BUV’s campus in Ecopark Township in the northern province of Hung Yen

Following their success in securing the internationally recognised QS 5-star quality rating in 2022, BUV has achieved another internationally recognised quality classification: attaining university-wide accreditation from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

BUV has now set records in Vietnam and the international education sector, including being the only university in Vietnam awarded QAA university-wide accreditation, one of only 22 universities outside the UK to achieve this, and the first in ASEAN.

The heritage and quality of the UK’s education system is acknowledged throughout the world, with the UK hosting many of the highest quality and historically universities (Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Imperial College London, etc.).

The QAA regulates the performance of all universities in the UK, as well as those delivering British higher degree programmes elsewhere in the world. In short, QAA guards the heritage and maintains the high level of quality that makes the UK education system one of the very best.

To earn the recognition of being QAA quality assured, BUV completed the International Quality Review, a rigorous procedure which benchmarks global higher education institutions against the UK’s international quality assurance standards, with the University achieving the highest level of performance in all 10 categories.

This result is an extension of BUV’s existing position of holding QAA accreditation for its programmes and training quality, to now being fully accredited at a university-wide level. The latest QAA assessment of BUV recognised outstanding accomplishments in all academic aspects.

The QAA offered special commendation to BUV for operations in three specific areas of best practice. Firstly, significant employer engagement and connections with civic society are actively facilitated by all internal stakeholders, including students. This is fundamental to enabling BUV to deliver its mission.

Secondly, there opportunities and support for students in preparing for, identifying, and participating in work placements and internships, as formal components of programmes and as extracurricular activities, which greatly enhances job readiness and employability.

Thirdl, the Certified and comprehensive Personal Development Programme of activities and modules enhance students' broader knowledge and personal development, helping to define graduate attributes.

Sharing his appraisal and congratulations with BUV, Chris Bland, the QAA’s Head of Accreditation and Consultancy said, “It is with great pleasure we announce that the British University Vietnam has successfully completed our International Quality Review. It is to their credit that they become the first university in Vietnam to achieve this recognition. I hope this is the beginning of a deep relationship with BUV and that we can work together on other activities.”

Professor Raymond Gordon, BUV president said, "2023 marks the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations between Vietnam and the United Kingdom. Since its inception, BUV has contributed to the relationship between the two nations, and it will continue to do so. BUV will continue to contribute resources to the Vietnamese government’s education priorities. Receiving the highest level of accreditation from both QS and QAA is a result of the University’s goal to invest in a world-class higher education learning environment.”

In the immediate future, BUV will focus on activities ranging from continuing to align its academic curriculum to the practical needs of the Vietnam labour market; continuing to provide students with internship opportunities in a wide range of industries and positions; and strive to maintain its record 100 per cent of students attaining employment or moving on to higher studies within three months of graduation.

The school also plans to complete the third phase of its campus construction by 2028 with a planned total investment of more than $165 million; expand its market reach and services throughout Vietnam; facilitate high-quality research on Vietnam’s economic and social priorities; and, increasing access to British degree programmes through a scholarship and financial aid fund worth billions of VND.

BUV’s mission is to develop highly employable graduates who are foremost good human beings with an ethic of kindness and caring. Graduates will also be cross-disciplinary in skills and language; innovative, imaginative, respectfully confident; and committed to continuous learning and development.

BUV expects all its staff, students, and stakeholders to be courteous and care about the wellbeing of other people; to respect their environment; and be socially and culturally inclusive.

In short, BUV is committed to the bilateral relations between Vietnam and the UK and will continue to turn young Vietnamese students into talented and respectful adults that are confident and caring, but most importantly, are prepared to lead the way and thrive in a challenging and exciting future in which the jobs and roles they will play are yet to be invented.

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