Over 200 delegates participated in GES 2014, including 21 ministers, leaders of major corporations and representatives of media outlets worldwide. Furthermore, among attendees included four Nobel Prize winners from distinguished universities.
GES 2014 focused on the theme of “Restructuring the economy and social change” with 46 discussion sessions on the matter. The main discussion revolved around potential solutions to the challenges being faced with the world’s rapidily growing science and technology, social change and shifts in global economic order. One such discussion was held with Dr. Pham Minh Tuan and the former Labor Minister and Chief of the Swedish Ministry of Education Malaysia office who approached the topic of education in the digital era.
GES 2014 with the participation of over 200 delegates from over 30 countries
The topic of GES 2014 is “Restructuring Economies, Transforming Societies”
As Representative of TOPICA Edtech Group – the only unit of Southeast Asia that provides technology and online services for bachelor degrees with high quality universities; Dr. Pham Minh Tuan spoke about the impact of E-Learning in the education system of Southeast Asia. Dr. Tuan's speech captivated the attention of attendees.
Dr. Pham Minh Tuan - Founder of TOPICA Edtech Group made a speech at GES 2014
Tuan stated that about 2 years ago, hundreds of leading universities worldwide had focused their attention on the development of e-learning for students. Many schools offer courses open to the masses, such as, Harvard, Stanford, and many others. Some universities also offered e-learning programs for bachelor degrees, as well as masters programs. Such schools included Berkeley, Georgia Tech and Maryland.
E-learning brings chances of high quality education with reasonable cost for global students, including those in developing countries. The biggest challenge for universities in South East Asia is how to construct technical facilities, local faculties, student support and making use of US universities’ open lectures, while maintaining retention and effectiveness.
According to Professor Edward Lazear, Human Resource and Economics Professor of Stanford University and Adam Smith winner, ”E-learning has existed for a long time. In my university, Stanford E-learning has been used for technical majors for the last 20 years. Stanford Business School have just joined in, as have the others. It is a matter of viral effect, the trend started, and the next decade will answer how far it will go. I never doubted that E-learning would be a positive strength and it would fly”.
In the discussion, participants were really impressed by TOPICA, Vietnam’ pioneer of exporting E-learning abroad, especially for AMA University, the biggest university of the Philippines. By now, TOPICA is the only South East Asian provider of online Bachelor degree programs, synchronization technology and service. TOPICA also supplies Topmito, the world’s first program allowing English speaking exercises through Google Glass, computers, and mobile devices. They also supply Casec, English ability testing system CASEC which was founded based on research of STEP and developed by Japan Institute for Educational Measurement (JIEM). TOPICA Founder Institute (TFI) is the only Accelerator in Vietnam investments of millions of US dollar.
In regards to inviting TOPICA to be the speaker at GES 2014, the Organizer’s representative, Dr. Jörg Dräger, also the Board of Directors participant of Bertelsmann Stiftung Group, Germany, said, ”We are looking for organizations with experience and success at education in Asia. That’s why we invited TOPICA. I believe that we could learn from TOPICA many lessons in extending education in environments like Vietnam, the Philippines and perhaps India, where approach and cost are big problems and we need to bring high quality education to a lot of people. After today’s meeting, we are really impressed with what TOPICA have been doing”.
Additional information about Dr. Pham Minh Tuan
Head of General Assembly and CEO, TOPICA Edtech Group
Young Global Leader 2012 (YGL), World Economic Forum (WEF)
Commissioner of Asian Pacific Information Network (APIN) Assembly
Commissioner of Vietnam Central Youth Association Committee
Former Dean of Finance and Banking, Hanoi Open University, Deputy Head of Advanced Technology Institute, Hanoi University of Technology
Former Visiting Scholar, University of California San Diego (UCSD)
Former Head of General Assembly, Noi.vn
Worked in McKinsey Consulting and Strategy Group (Budapest), Extramedia (New York, Singapore), Integra Software (Budapest)
PhD of Information Administration and Master of IT, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE)
Master of Business Administration, New York University (NYU)