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Factors influencing the participation of industry professionals in Work-Integrated Learning in Vietnamese universities: a qualitative approach

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Ha (La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia)
Eva Dakich (The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia)
Susan Grieshaber (La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 2 November 2021

Issue publication date: 9 May 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This article explores factors influencing the participation of industry professionals in Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) in three Vietnamese public universities. The impact of the unique socio-cultural background of Vietnam on WIL is also addressed.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative approach that included three focus groups and 15 individual in-depth interviews was applied. In total, 30 key university and industry WIL stakeholders were involved. Thematic analysis was employed to identify enablers and inhibitors to the participation of industry professionals in WIL in Vietnamese universities.

Findings

Industry professionals faced more challenges than support when involved in WIL in three Vietnamese public universities. Four enablers of their participation in WIL stemmed from industry and nine inhibitors emerged from a variety of sources. The overwhelming number of inhibiting factors indicated difficulties associated with implementing WIL.

Originality/value

The rationale behind limited industry involvement in Vietnamese universities has not been explored previously. A holistic understanding of all key WIL stakeholders’ perceptions of factors influencing industry participation in a non-Western tertiary context may provide leads for higher education policy in Vietnam and add to the international literature.

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Acknowledgements

This work is part of a research project generously supported by a La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia) Postgraduate Research Scholarship and a La Trobe University Full Fee Research Scholarship. The authors appreciate the voluntary participation of department leaders, lecturers, students, and industry representatives in the interviews and focus groups. Sincere thanks to Dr. Michael Brown for his great contribution to the foundation of this study.

Citation

Thi Ngoc Ha, N., Dakich, E. and Grieshaber, S. (2022), "Factors influencing the participation of industry professionals in Work-Integrated Learning in Vietnamese universities: a qualitative approach", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 574-587. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-03-2021-0042

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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