New investment to boost international economic development effort

August 24, 2012

ASU, Intel expanding alliance with government, education and industry leaders to strengthen business ties with Vietnam

Intel Corp., Arizona State University and the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) in partnership with other government agencies, industry and universities and colleges in Vietnam are intensifying efforts to modernize higher engineering education in the country. ASU Intel Vietnam agreement Download Full Image

The parties recently signed a memorandum of understanding for a commitment for a combined investment by Intel and MOET of more than $10 million over five years to boost the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP).

The estimated target investment from current and future industry and government partners for the HEEAP expansion is $40 million.

The program seeks to accelerate economic development by providing a more highly trained workforce in Vietnam to meet the growing needs of global high-tech industries. Ultimately, HEEAP promises to strength education and research collaborations, as well as business ties, between Vietnam and the United States.

HEEAP was established in 2010 with funding support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Intel. It is administered through the Office of Global Outreach and Extended Education in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Jeffrey Goss is the director of the office.

"After only two years, the HEEAP project has achieved enough measurable impact to warrant these new commitments from Intel, MOET, USAID, and Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs,” Goss says. “The resources provided by the new investment open the opportunity to scale the current project by a factor of five and to add a leadership institute."

MOET Vice Minister Bui Van Ga. Says the Vietnamese government “is very pleased with the outcomes of the HEEAP project to be strong partners to rapidly upgrade our higher education system.”

To date the program has brought more the 100 faculty members from Vietnam’s universities and colleges to ASU for training in advanced methods for teaching engineering.

In addition, HEEAP started a scholarship program focused on bringing more women into engineering and technology fields.

In the next phase of the project – called HEEAP 2.0 – to be carried out from 2013 to 2017, the program will train hundreds of additional faculty members each year at ASU and in Vietnam, and establish a Distance Learning Network that will enable students across the country to take courses online simultaneously.

HEEAP 2.0 will also improve instruction in English for Vietnamese engineering students and promote the involvement of more women in engineering and technical fields.

In addition, Vietnamese engineering programs will be brought into compliance with requirements set by leading higher education accrediting organizations –  specifically ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology) and CDIO (Conceive, Design Implement, Operate).

The investment will provide funds to build teaching laboratories and train instructors to use the facilities effectively. There will also be upgrades of the data systems used by the engineering education programs in Vietnam colleges and universities.

It will also enable HEEAP to rapidly scale up its training program for administrators at Vietnamese college and universities through the program’s higher education leadership institute.

Since its start, the program has been joined by other industry partners Siemens, Honeywell, Danaher and Cadence. The companies have provided equipment, simulation and software tools and training of faculty on these systems.

With the additional funding, HEEAP expects to add at least 12 new industry partners within the next five years.

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Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Sun Devil football honors first African-American player Emerson Harvey

August 24, 2012

ASU commemorates 75th anniversary of Harvey's arrival in Tempe

Arizona State University football will commemorate a milestone this season by honoring former Sun Devil player Emerson Harvey, who became the school's first-ever African-American football student-athlete 75 years ago and played a major role in breaking the color barrier throughout the Southwest. Download Full Image

The Sun Devils will recognize Harvey, who joined the roster in 1937, with black-and-white circular helmet stickers with Harvey’s jersey number (57). Harvey will also be acknowledged during the season opener against Northern Arizona on Aug. 30, where his niece, great-niece, and sister-in-law will be in attendance.

Harvey came to Tempe from Sacramento Community College to study and play football for what was then the Arizona State Teachers College. He quickly earned a spot as a blocking back and a defensive end on Coach Rudy Lavik's team. Harvey achieved nearly a 4.00 grade-point average upon graduating in the fall of 1938, while maintaining his starting position with the Bulldogs. Harvey obtained his degree from ASTC in one-and-a-half years and spent many years as an industrial arts teacher and coach in Phoenix high schools.

"Mr. Harvey serves as a great example of succeeding in the face of adversity on the football field while exemplifying achievement inside the classroom with an A grade-point average," says Kevin Miniefield, who serves as the director of Sun Devil Letterwinners for The Sun Devil Club. "We as a department acknowledge our past and we also respect and honor it.  This will be celebrated as part of our football heritage. This allows not only our football program, but our entire University to celebrate diversity as a strength of our institution. Current players also will benefit from gaining an understanding of who came before them and what they represent."

Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications