From February 25th to March 12th, Mr. Hoang Ha, a lecturer at the DTU International School, went to St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa on a lecturer exchange program, the second since an agreement was signed to improve education and research one year ago.
St. Ambrose University is becoming an attractive educational option and was just ranked one of the top institutions in the Midwest of 2017, having already jumped 10 positions in 2013. St. Ambrose now offers sixty majors, from a Bachelor’s degree to a PhD, in Economics, Science, Pedagogy, Management, Health Sciences, Arts and others. Class size is usually around twenty and the university focuses on educational quality, including intensive lesson planning, which challenges teachers visiting from DTU and other universities.
At St. Ambrose, Mr. Hoang Ha delivered high-quality specialized courses on the Principles of Finance and Financial Investment and also provided practical advice to his students. “In the US, to ensure high-quality lectures, lecturers often require students to meticulously study the content of lectures before they are given,” explained Mr. Hoang Ha. “With their educational philosophy, ‘Bring out that which is from within’, rather than cramming students by rote learning, American universities elicit students’ interest and passion. Lectures are very open and friendly, bringing lecturers and students closer. It was easy to notice from the lectures I gave that the ambiance was lively and effective, because students always tried to explain their personal opinions.”
Mr. Hoang Ha, in white shirt, with the faculty of St. Ambrose University
Mr. Ha also gave a 45-minute talk on “The Shared Economy and its Impact on Finance” at a conference at St. Ambrose. He affirmed that the rise of the “Shared Economy” is bringing huge profits to service providers and users and is a business model which is fast becoming prevalent worldwide.
In Vietnam, the “Shared Economy” business model is trending rapidly and being broadly adopted. It has, however, posed some significant challenges because of its impact on many sectors, especially Finance. In addition, introducing the “Shared Economy” requires strict new laws to govern such issues as taxation, to avoid abuse and to guarantee the continuing stability of traditional businesses. Research on the “Shared Economy” has set universities new training objectives. They must now graduate an educated workforce ready to adapt quickly to continuous economic change, in order to confidently establish viable startup companies in the future.
Mr. Ha’s talk generated a lively debate amongst the St. Ambrose University lecturers. Many interesting questions were raised, such as how cultural differences might impact the “Shared Economy” model and whether governments should encourage or restrict it. The talk was highly appreciated by the St. Ambrose Science Council, who then discussed collaborating with DTU on future research projects.
DTU lecturer exchanges with advanced foreign universities allow participants to learn about new educational techniques and share their ideas, and DTU is focusing on improving the quality of education to bring it up to an international level.