Building capacity of Vietnam schools to implement fundamental and comprehensive reforms: Designing and piloting interventions through professional development

Phase 2

Summary of project:

  1. To identify the training and development needs of school principals and teachers in order to implement reform/renovation policies in the 3 regions of Vietnam (North, Central and South)
  2. Using data from 1 above, design and implement appropriate programmes of tailored interventions for diverse school contexts in Vietnam
  3. Provide programme of knowledge exchange and skills training for ‘train the trainers’ professional development for project partners (including universities) core school leaders and teachers from pilot schools as an integral part of the intervention programmes
  4. Provide a programme of interventions in selected pilot schools using Research-Design-Development and action learning cycle to change and improve teaching and management/leadership practices
  5. Pilot and evaluate the programmes with a view to adapting and scaling them system-wide in a subsequent stage

The overall objective was with our Vietnamese partners (including the Government Research Branch, VNIES, and Vietnam National University, Hanoi, and SEAMEO, UoE HCMC and College of Education, Hue University) to substantially influence the trajectory of the implementation of Vietnam’s educational reform/renovation in pilot schools, and after evaluation, to develop a number of variant models of school improvement to scale-up across the system of Vietnam.

PI and Co-Is - International Collaborators

PI – Professor Clive Dimmock

Co-PIs – Professor Michele Schweisfurth and Professor Chris Chapman


Vietnam Partners

1. University of Education, Vietnam National University  (Hanoi) (UoE VNU).

Prof. Nguyen Quy Thanh, Rector, University of Education, VNU.

Tel:0913069788 (cell phone); Email: 


2. Vietnam National Institute of Educational Sciences (VNIES)

Prof. Dr. Tran Cong Phong – Director General of VNIES; Tel: 844 38222639; Email:;


3. Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization 
Regional Training Center in Vietnam (SEAMEO RETRAC)

Do Thi Hoai Thu, Ph.D. (Ms.), Dean, Division of Education, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization, SEAMEO Regional Training Center (SEAMEO RETRAC), 35 Le Thanh Ton St., Dist. 1, HCMC, Vietnam

Tel.: (+84-8) 3824 5618 (Ext: 107) Fax: (+84-8) 3823 2175

Email:    Website:


4. University of Eduction, HCMC

Dr Hien Phan, Dean, Early Childhood Education, University of Education

280 An Duong Vuong Street, Ward 4, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Tel : 84-838 352020-173




5. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Thi Tu Anh, Deputy Head,The Office of Science, Technology, and International Cooperation, College of Education, Hue University.

34 Le Loi St., Hue City, Vietnam.

Tel.: 84.54.3825004 Email:



6. Truong Dinh Thang, PhD, Vice Rector, Quang Tri Teacher Training College

Phone: +84.912299457

Start and End Date

April 2017- 31 October 2018

Funder and Funding Amount

Three funders –

ESRC-IAA – £27, 770

Head Foundation, Singapore - £60,000

British Council, Vietnam - £15,000

Related Publications

Dimmock, C. (2016). The cautionary tale of Vietnam’s ‘radical reform.’ Times Education Supplement, (24 June).

Dimmock, C. & Colleagues (2016). Capacity building through professional development and collaborative research to enable educational reform implementation in Vietnam. Report of Phase 1 of Research Project. Glasgow: University of Glasgow (Unpublished).

Associated Blogs or Twitter feeds

Supporting system change: Implementing school transformation in Vietnam. ROC- E-bulletin July 2016