In January 2014, I had the opportunity to work at the Teaching and Learning Centre at Tra Vinh University (TVU) in Tra Vinh, Vietnam. During my two and a half weeks at the university, I facilitated a four-day Instructional Skills Workshop for six faculty members from a variety of different disciplines at the university, as well as a five-day Facilitator Development Workshop for five faculty members from the university.
TVU, originally founded as Tra Vinh Community College, was established in 2001 under the framework of the Vietnam-Canada Community College Project (VCCCP) funded by the Government of Canada. The VCCCP successfully adapted the Canadian community college model to a Vietnamese context through the establishment of a community-based college in Tra Vinh province. In June 2006, the college became a university with the mission of providing multi-level training programs as well as courses at the college, university, and post-university levels. Currently, the University enrolls over 20,000 students.