ASU officials visit Vietnam to support education advancement

October 24, 2014

In an effort to bolster Arizona State University’s existing partnerships and mission to help advance education in Vietnam, university officials and President Michael Crow recently traveled to the country to meet with local officials, evaluate their progress and discuss further possible action.

While in Vietnam, Crow met with Hoang Minh, president of the Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology (PTIT), to sign a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) on collaboration between the two institutions. two men shaking hands Download Full Image

As part of the memorandum, the institutions will work together to improve teaching methods in Vietnam through a jointly hosted conference in Hanoi; a short training course on cyber security at ASU; the establishment of a joint master’s of science program; and the development of a new learning management system.

“We are convinced that (this memorandum) will help PTIT advance modern instructional approaches and curricula to improve the learning outcome of PTIT’s exclusive information and network security students,” said Minh.

“ASU already has participated in some collaborative programs to advance Vietnamese education,” Crow said. “Through this MOU, we are happy to support PTIT and enhance their student’s learning outcomes.”

In addition to the partnership with PTIT, ASU has been working with Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training and other partners, including USAID and Intel, on other long-term programs, namely the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP). The program began in 2010 with the involvement of five of Vietnam’s top technical universities, and in 2011 expanded to include three vocational colleges.

During the recent visit, a reception was held to celebrate the partnership’s extension to 2017 The reception marked the achievements gained during the program implementation; and according to ASU professor and director of HEEAP Jeffrey Goss, there are several.

Already, about 250 lecturers from HEEAP universities have been trained in the U.S. and are working on projects to transform engineering education. In addition, a program for female students’ interests in technical fields has provided over 200 female vocational college students with scholarships from the program.

To learn more about the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program, visit the website here.

Emma Greguska

Reporter, ASU Now

(480) 965-9657

Fellows aim to inspire change in health care

October 24, 2014

Shirley Johnson knows that health care, like many industries, is in a continuous state of change. Old solutions, she said, will not be effective for solving today and tomorrow’s problems.

As the chief nursing and patient services officer for California-based City of Hope, Johnson believes that innovation in health care, and having a skill set that can be deployed within organizations to improve the pace of change, will be essential. IP Fellowship Download Full Image

“The tools we engage in innovation activities serve to release the creativity necessary to view issues in different ways and allow us to search for solutions in unfamiliar or untapped places and processes,” she said.

Johnson’s focus on innovation as a nurse leader has been strengthened through her participation in the first cohort of the Interprofessional Fellowship in Innovative Health Leadership program, a yearlong fellowship program offered by Arizona State University and the American Organization of Nurse Executives in partnership with the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation.

The fellowship, which is currently recruiting for its second cohort to start in February, is designed for professionals who have executive leadership responsibilities in their organization to implement large-scale change through innovation. For Johnson, innovation within an organization is about empowering others and creating a workplace culture that is open to looking at issues in a different way.

“It’s about engaging in exploration of issues using both qualitative and quantitative tools, and establishing alignment with our strategic vision and an innovation vision to serve the organization in achieving its outcomes,” she said.  “While senior leadership is vital, much of the true work of innovation occurs at the grassroots level where our staff are closest to the issues and the people impacted by our actions. Our staff are the true champions of innovation.”

Johnson and her colleagues in the first cohort attended several in-person immersions over the course of their fellowship. Between immersions, they accessed readings, monthly webinars, faculty and peer-to-peer coaching and assessments, and ultimately brought their knowledge back to their organizations for further design, implementation and learning.

Impact from Johnson’s participation in the program is seen in the bone marrow transplant program at City of Hope, a world-renowned biomedical research and clinical care center with a reputation for outstanding outcomes.

“To ensure our ability to continue to support a growing need for bone marrow transplantation, we chose to revitalize our outpatient bone marrow transplant program, creating a safe and efficient environment for some patients to receive their transplant as an outpatient,” she said. “Such success in this design and development has allowed us to be successful in considering other complex populations for care in this center.”

The 2015 cohort will have access to the same collaborative learning tools and platforms as the first, including top interprofessional faculty and researchers and a new set of guest speakers to include Richard Carmona, 17th U.S. surgeon general; Lee Hartwell, Nobel laureate, Arizona State University; Michelle Janney, senior vice president and chief nurse executive at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and immediate past president of AONE; and Scott Parazynski, professor and former astronaut, University of Texas Medical Branch.

The biggest takeaway for Johnson from her fellowship experience was the interprofessional, collaborative learning environment and the diversity of experiences brought to the program, whether through the diversity of professional roles or geographical locations of the other fellows.

“I was fortunate in being able to derive value in the insights and experiences brought to our cohort by not only the faculty that we were fortunate to work with, but through other cohort members as well,” she said. “Fostering these relationships allowed the concepts we learned to be put into practice, and our own experiences were magnified because of the ability to hear how others were using the content and fostering a culture of innovation within their own areas.”

To apply for the upcoming cohort, or to attend a free informative webinar Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. (CST) or 12 p.m. (EST), or for general information, visit Applications are due by Dec. 12, or until the cohort is full. For additional information, contact Jack Gilbert, fellowship director, at or 602-496-2280.

Written by Denise Kronsteiner