Turning challenges into opportunities

This year, COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of bad impacts on international mobility as travelling has been shut down all over the world. Meanwhile, just in the second haft of the year, FPT Education Global has still welcomed more than 300 students from Japan, who participated in FPT Remote Internship and Online English Training.

In this episode of F-Talk, we will meet with Ms. Giang Thanh (Sora), Student Mobility Coordinator at FPT Education Global to have a closer look at how FPT Edu Global has transformed the difficulties to the opportunities in Japanese market.

Hi everyone, I’m Giang Thanh, Student Mobility Coordinator at FPT University. People usually call me Sora. I has worked at FPT Education Global – FPT University for 4 years and I’m currently in charge of Japanese universities partnership.

Q: After working with Japanese partners for years, what impresses you the most?

A: At first, you need to take time to build the relationship with Japanese people. However, when you get that relationship, it will be a long-lasting friendship.

Moreover, the attitude with teamwork of Japanese people is also worth to learn. Decision is made by committee, not individual. When a problem is raised, they will raise ideas, discuss pros and cons internally and choose the final decision which is agreed mostly by all member.I used to be an harshly independent person in team, and most of the decision I made was based on my perspective. After working and observing the efficiency of teamwork of Japanese universities, I apply this working motto in building a new program or preparing for an upcoming program. It works a lot. The relation and communication between me and my workers flourish.

Q: How has COVID affected the programs for Japanese students?

A: Most of our programs was cancelled. However, we didn’t have time for panic and worry. The situation pushed us to find new ways, new solutions to continue the mobility programs.

At that time, the idea of online student mobility program was quite new and the testimonials for those programs were not available at that time. So we did face some challenges when we tried to convince some Japanese universites to accept the new idea.

It took 3-4 months for us to bring a program from the idea in prosal to reality. The most challenging stage is the 1st step, when we proposed the idea and we had to conducted a lot of meetings with the partner university. It was difficult to prove the effectiveness of online mobility programs without any testimonials or previously implemented programs.

Q: What was the most memorable memory?

A: One thing that left huge impression in me was the day when the proposal of the first online program got the acceptance by a university. On that day, they also informed us a number of students who are interested in the program was 100 students. It was something amazing with us. At that time, 100 was a huge number and it broke the record of number students on a program at that time.

I would like to thank our partner universities who has always trusted in our programs. Thank you so much for all of your support and your belief in us. We will try our best to make better programs for the students. Please keep in touch! We look forward to see you in the forseeable future!

Q: How is implementing online programs different from the on site one?

A: It’s true that we faced some limitation when it comes to implement online learning and remote internship. But what we had been doing is that we invest time and human resources into research and development. We take the feedback from students, teachers and professors and from our colleagues who organize the programs so we can figure out the origin of the problem. For example, to remain the connection, especially in remote internship program, students cannot go to company everday, it might create the feeling of isolation. So what we’ve done with that is we put the weekly meeting, check in and check out of every week. So that’s the time students can talk more and contact more with the supervisor to share about their problems, while learn advise and tips from the supervisor to help them improve the quality of work.

Q: What standards does FPT set when building programs for the Japanese market?

A: All the programs are built based on the experiences of the students. We make sure that all the programs are experiential, student-focus, so all students, not only Japanese students but also Australian, ASEAN students can get the best outcome as possible.

It’s unstandable that many universities have consideration for the online program’s quality. With the experiences of conducting online programs in last summer with almost 500 students, we can confident to say that when it comes to online programs, the quality of the program is as good as that of the on site one. For example, as for the Online English Training and Remote Internship, we still receive the good feedbacks from the students.

Click here to read the news on the Remote Internship of FPT Education Global.

Interested students and partners can learn more about our mobility program here or can send inquiries to exchange@fpt.edu.vn.

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