ASEAN Pathway: Vietnamese Students Take Their First Steps on a Journey from Ton Duc Thang University to Taylor’s University

Typically study pathways take students outside the region and to countries such as Australia, UK or USA. Taylor’s University has been working to offer students an ASEAN pathway that allows students to complete their studies within this region.


Prof Perry Hobson meeting with enthusiastic students at TDTU in Vietnam
 
Taylor’s University has signed a 2.5+1.5 degree pathway in hospitality management with Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) in Vietnam. Professor Perry Hobson, the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement at TU, recently met with the first group of students who have opted for this pathway.
 
TDTU is based in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). It is a progressive, internationally-minded and relatively young university who have just celebrated their 20th anniversary. They were the first university in Vietnam to achieve a rating of QS 3-Stars in 2015, and they were also recently ranked #4 in Vietnam for both their research output in Scopus and for total publications in ISI journals.
 
Undergraduate degrees in Vietnam are 4-years in length, and the first group of students has already enrolled in at TDTU. They will spend the first 2.5 years of their studies in Vietnam, and they will then articulate to the Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus to complete their studies – which will take another 1.5-years. They will then graduate with a degree from Taylor’s University, and through being able to transfer their TU credits back to Vietnam they will also get a degree from TDTU too.
 
While many Vietnamese study overseas, such articulation pathways typically take these students from Asia to countries outside the region (such as to central Europe or to Australia, the UK, and the USA), Taylor’s University has been working to offer students a more cost-effective pathway that allows students to complete their studies within ASEAN.
 
Professor Perry Hobson said, “given that such an ASEAN arrangement with Vietnam is relatively newit has taken us sometime to progress this arrangement. So, it was wonderful to finally meet such an enthusiastic first group of students”. He added that, “The rise in the rankings of Taylor’s University to QS Asia #150, with us also achieving a global ranking in the QS World Subject ranking of #29 for Hospitality & Leisure, means we are now recognised on the world stage. Coming to study hospitality at Taylor’s means that they are choosing a programme that is now ranked more highly ranked than at many European or North American universities”.
 
TU looks forward to deepening the relationship with TDTU, and has already supported and co-operated with them on the hosting of its annual International Conference on Finance and Economics (ICFE). To find out more about the courses offered under the Faculty of Hospitality, Food and Leisure at TU click here - (Global Matters 2017)