Work-integrated learning in Vietnam: perspectives of intern work supervisors

Christine Bilsland*, Helga Nagy

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This paper addresses work-integrated learning program issues from the perspective of work supervisors of interns from a foreign university in an offshore market environment -Vietnam. Universities expanding their markets overseas must research all relevant aspects of the local environment when making operational expansion decisions, and continue research activities on an ongoing basis to ensure that program elements meet evolving local stakeholder requirements. At this stage in Vietnam, collaboration and communication between higher education and industry is rare. Therefore, this paper investigated work supervisors' perceptions of the university's WIL program, and their views on their own role in the intern's learning process. Their feedback about how internship processes can be improved can help guide the foreign university in Vietnam (FUV) to continue to deliver effective work integrated learning in Vietnam, as well as offer insights useful for other universities running WIL courses in overseas locations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-198
Number of pages14
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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