STEM Career Academies in Central Vietnam Project A Regional Approach for Raising Social Awareness and Building STEM Education and Human Resource Capacity

On April 17, 2022, The University of Danang – University of Science and Technology (UD-DUT) partnered with Chevron, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization – STEM Education Centre (SEAMEO STEM-ED), and other public agencies to launch a program called,” STEM Career Academies in Central Vietnam Project – A Regional Approach for Raising Social Awareness and Building STEM Education and Human Resource Capacity”.

Overview of conference attendees

With its partners, DUT initiated this collaborative project to raise awareness and to pilot a STEM career education program in the Central region of Vietnam. This 18-month project aims to strengthen institutional capacities for implementing STEM-related career education and career inspiration program in order to motivate students’ interest in pursuing STEM careers, and to better prepare them for the future of work or post-secondary education.

Welcome Remarks by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Doan Quang Vinh – DUT’s Rector

This project has three main components:

(1) STEM Workshops. These aim to promote awareness and capacity building for higher-secondary teachers and students in support of STEM education and STEM Career Academies development in Vietnam,

(2) STEM competition. This will be organized to motivate higher-secondary students to develop innovative STEM projects and engage them in teamwork, communication, problem solving, as well as prepare them for future careers, and

(3) STEM short-course professional development. This component will cover a series of certified short courses to develop students on selected specialized professional skills and essential soft skills which are required by employers.

Roundtable Discusions “STEM Education – Opportunities and Challenges”

The STEM Career Academies project plans to pilot one career academy in technology and engineering with professional development curricula for four selected industrial sectors; to enroll 20 STEM employers or enterprises, and to enlist the commitment of 10 high schools in this project. Upon the completion of the program piloting, the finding of the program effectiveness study will be presented to relevant government and private stakeholders for consideration of program expansion.

Presentation on STEM Education – An Enabler for the Future Digital Skills by MSc. Vu Tuan Anh, Vice General director of Restructuring, Digital Transformation Co. Ltd., Vietnam

Project Overview Presentation by Dr. Nguyen Thi Anh Thu, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology, UD-DUT

About UD-DUT


Since its establishment in 1975, the University of Danang – University of Science and Technology or DUT has predicated its leading position in the system of higher education in Vietnam. Being one of the three universities offering science and technology training programs in Vietnam, DUT is responsible for training high qualified technical and technological human resources and implementing scientific and technological activities to meet needs for the development of Central Vietnam and nationwide. In terms of scientific research and technology transfer activities of staff and students, there are many highly practical topics associated with training and productive activities which are helpful in Vietnam socio-economic development as well as effectively supportive of the completion of students’ knowledge and skills after graduation. 


About Chevron


Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. As a company of problem solvers, we look to the future of energy with optimism. We provide affordable, reliable, and ever-cleaner energy to people in the Asia-Pacific region that is essential to achieving a more prosperous and sustainable world. We invest in community programs that help advance the UN’s sustainable development goals and strive to empower people to meet their full potential.




The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) is a regional intergovernmental organization established in 1965 among governments of Southeast Asian countries to promote regional cooperation in education, science, and culture. SEAMEO STEM Education (SEAMEO STEM-ED) has been established to strengthen capacities, advocate evidence-based policy research, and provide policy recommendations for STEM education within the region. The Centre supports the development of regional governments’ policies that promote STEM education which can enhance the capacity of human resources and utilize knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to solve real-world problems and contribute to the sustainable development of the region.

Delegates’ Photo

Pictures of STEM exhibition activities:



Cam Van Ast

External Affairs Advisor, Asia Pacific