Toward “Knowledge Diplomacy” in higher education

In the period of 12th to 16th May 2019, Going Global 2019 was organized by the British Council in Germany. Vietnamese delegates include members of Ministry of Education and Training and Assoc. Prof. Ngo Thi Phuong Lan - Rector of University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City.

  Prof. Dr. Ngo Thi Phuong Lan made a speech at the conference

At the discussion session: “Unversity links for industry engagement: New flexible partnership models for 4th IR and beyond”, Assoc. Prof. Ngo Phuong Lan shared the model for knowledge transfer in USSH, VNU-HCM through several activies such as the role of consultants in implementing projects with enterprises in different fields (tourism, community development, social work, psychology, urban studies…), cooperation with businesses in a number of internship programs, establishment Van Khoa Scientific Services and Tourism Company Limited, and promotion alumni network to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit of students.


Assoc. Prof. Ngo Thi Phuong Lan and members of the Ministry of Education and Training (Vietnam) in the British Council’s conference

Coming to the Going Global 2019,   Prof. Dr. Ngo Thi Phuong Lan is very interested in a new concept called "Knowledge Diplomacy". This is considered a new approach to understanding about IHERI (The relationship between international higher education, research and innovations with national relations). Besides, "Knowledge Diplomacy" is a comprehensive concept including scientific diplomacy. It is also not soft power. Indeed, "Knowledge Diplomacy" differs from soft power in terms of motivation, strategy, value and benefits. Unlike educational diplomacy, "Knowledge Diplomacy" includes research and application of research and new knowledge to innovate. While educational diplomacy is toward human development, "Knowledge Diplomacy" focuses on identifying and solving social issues in all parts of the world. Therefore, according to Prof. Dr. Ngo Thi Phuong Lan, "Knowledge Diplomacy" is a new trend on the world that Vietnam needs to focus on in the future in higher education.



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