FICAP 2012 – Education (Vietnam)

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First Forum on International Collaborative Academic Programs

Venue: Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh University of Science,

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

in association with AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand

and China Jiliang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, PR China

incorporating the 3rd Global Intercultural Collaboration Conference

in association with Uppsala University, Sweden

8-9th August, 2012

Optional HoChiMinh City or Vung Tau tour day: 10 August

Conference Theme:

“Collaborative academic programs as a contribution to developing nations”

The focus of collaborative ventures is no longer just on learning to communicate with our foreign neighbours, but in gaining the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and awareness that allow us to operate across cultural boundaries wherever these boundaries may be found.  While globalization effects us all, many nations still continue to traverse internal boundaries between colonist and indigenous peoples.  The world is full of interactions between people, groups, and nations who think, feel, and act differently.  At the same time these people, groups, and nations are exposed to common problems that demand cooperation for their solutions.  The threats of global warming, organized crime, poverty, terrorism, ocean pollution, extinction of animals, AIDS, or a worldwide recession demands cooperation and the support of diverse groups in order to implement the decisions made (Hofstede & Hofstede, 2005).   This conference will explore how academic partnerships driven by academic values rather than commercialism can draw on cultural diversity as an opportunity for growth and learning.  Presenters are invited to critically examine the values and assumptions underpinning cross-cultural collaboration and explore notions of success that suggest new avenues for research.

Hofstede, G & Hofstede G. (2005) Cultures and Organisation: Software of the Mind. McGraw Hill: U.S.A.

.Special Guest keynote speakers

  1. Dr Du’o’ng Thi Hoang Oanh, Director, Department of External Relations, Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City.

Dương Thị Hoàng Oanh obtained her MA in TESOL at Canberra University (1994), Australia; Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2003); Post Doctorate in Management in Higher Education at Yale University, USA (2007). Starting her teaching career in 1985, she is currently lecturer and researcher as well as Director of the Department for External Relations at Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City. Her teaching and researching interests focus on communicative competence, international and comparative studies, educational reform, curriculum design, learner autonomy, and classroom practices. She has received national and international grants for research on educational reforms, higher education management, and assessment. She has participated as both panel chair and presenter at many conferences in Asia, the USA, Australia, and New Zealand. Her publications include books, articles and book chapters on cross-cultural studies,  educational reforms, needs assessment, community values and classroom dynamics, student feedback, integrative classroom techniques, and teacher development.

  1. Umuganwa Mutaga Ignace (Gigi) von der Recke Kamatari of Burundi

Umuganwa Mutaga Ignace Pascal von der Recke Kamatari, born 1976 in Copenhagen, is the great grandson of HM Mwami Mbikije MUTAGA IV of Burundi, and grandson to HRH Ignace Kamatari who was killed in 1962 during a coup which dis-established the crown in Burundi, and the Kamatari family re-located to Europe.  In 1997, on the death of his Father, HRH Pascal Kamatari, Gigi found himself as the heir to the dis-established throne of Burundi and responsible for tribal and family lands in Burundi.  He had three choices: 1) ignore this fact and keep on jiving, 2) take back his country by force, or 3) accept the fact, that time of monarchy in Burundi is over, but still take responsibility and contribute to a constructive evolution of the country.

Gigi needed money to take care of their lands and of the people who lived in his tribal region. He became a model for ARMANI – the first black male model in Europe with dreadlocks, and worked as an agent for brands such as Frankie Morello Milan, Marithé + Francois GIRBAUD, Daniel Fiesoli and others.  He subsequently became the Area Manager (Scandinavia) for D & G.  He now runs his own fashion house, including;

Brown Prince Jewellery, founded on the idea of combining the carving traditions and materials of Burundi with the finesse and design of Scandinavia to create a unique style of jewellery. This range of jewellery features the Umukoko nut, a nut gathered in groves by the northern parts of Lake Tanganyika. It has the same beauty and sturdiness as ivory – hence the local nickname: vegetable ivory. By using the Umukoko nut the beauty of ivory is brought back without harming any elephants, and it provides work in Burundi, supporting the Burundi economy.

Apart from this initiative, Gigi has been extensively involved in the social and economic development of his birthright country.  At the conference he will share his stories and insights of social responsibility that we as educators in the international arena may wish to contribute to in some way.

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Paper sessions, workshops, and panel discussion categories
International collaborative academic programmes
Global social responsibility
Managing global Capstone projects
Global collaborative e-tools
Collaborative research
Indigenous notions of collaboration
Cross cultural competencies
Developing global teamwork skills: Academic and Industry
Exporting/importing education – challenges/benefits
Cross-cultural student support
Cross-cultural teaching: a clash of pedagogies?
Working with [China] [SE Asia]: Country specifics and relationships (individual countries can be nominated.
Possible special track:  Mekong Area Research Initiatives – to explore special interests of this critical region.

Poster session: AUT/ITEC BCIS Capstone Project students.

Publication of Proceedings Information
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Abstracts (papers), Panel discussions and Workshop proposals: no more than one page, in English. Deadline:  20th February, 2012.

Full paper submissions by: 20th April, 2012
Notifications by: 20th May, 2012
Deadline for final submission: 20th June, 2012

Submit to:

Publication Chair: Justine Hitchcock,
Session Chairs: Vu Hai Quan, Petteri Kaskenpalo, Leo Hitchcock


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