Based on the pillars of institutional policy, quality, curriculum, faculty innovation and technology, BUILD-IT was established at ASU in 2015 with funding support from USAID. In partnerships with a growing industry alliance, this program leverages diverse government-industry-academic partners whose shared goal is to produce highly qualified STEM graduates who can lead inclusive, technology-based growth in Vietnam.
BUILD-IT strengthens higher education policy, embedding world-class institutional policy practices within rectors and senior leadership in Vietnamese universities. BUILD-IT enables university-private sector collaboration, developing curricular partnerships, mentorships, and industry sponsored experiential opportunities in innovation spaces, and builds students’ professional and technical competencies through applied project and problem based learning in preparation for STEM careers. BUILD-IT also facilitates student-industry engagement events, launches campus based-programs providing female mentors in STEM careers; and hosts Women in STEM Leadership forums supporting academic initiatives and scholarships for females in STEM degrees.
The program enables universities to improve academic programs and outcomes through the Certified Facilitator and Master Teacher programs to create sustainable long-term faculty development and wide-scale implementation of innovation and modern methodologies. BUILD-IT also partners with Vietnamese National Accreditation Institutes in developing quality assessor training for national impact. Partner institutions also participate in university, academic program, and course quality training, establishing robust assessment and evaluation systems to support continuous program improvement and international recognition and accreditation.