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Social Entrepreneurship in Vietnam Program – Employee Application

Faculty Application Deadline: October 19, 2018

Program Summary:

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION are a major focus of the Nova Scotia Community College. As part of this work we are presenting the fourth year of this exciting program opportunity!

NSCC will be seeking two employee leads for the Social Entrepreneurship Program. The employee selected as the 'senior' lead will support and help prepare the students and then travel to Vietnam in June 2019. The employee who is selected as the 'junior' faculty will work with the group to prepare in 2018/19 and then, with program approval, will travel in 2020.

Interested faculty members are asked to review the information below, including the Criteria for Selection, and to submit the online application form.  Expressions of interest will be reviewed by NSCC International and last year’s faculty lead.

The 2019 program will take place June 2019.

This program has NSCC students working with students from Tra Vinh University (TVU) in Vietnam on a business idea that would promote entrepreneurship in the Mekong Delta region of Southern Vietnam. Students will work as a project team and do prior research as to what types of entrepreneurship ventures could be successful in the region. During the time abroad students will interview entrepreneurs in the community, conduct site visits and develop business ideas or improvements that could be implemented.  Prior research as to what types of entrepreneurship ventures could be successful in the region will assist in the project work.  

About Tra Vinh, Vietnam and Tra Vinh University

Tra Vinh is located in the Mekong Delta region, which is in the Southern part of Vietnam. The city has many famous Khmer pagodas, due to the large number of Khmer Krom, Cambodian people there. Under the Republic of Vietnam, it was the provincial capital of a province with a population of 51,535. The name of the city in Khmer is Preah Trapeang (ព្រះត្រពាំង).

Currently, Tra Vinh University has more than 40 operational Units, including 12 Schools of: Agriculture and Aquaculture; Applied Chemistry; Basic Sciences; Economics and Law; Education; Engineering Technology; Foreign Languages; Health Sciences; Southern Khmer Language, Culture and Art; Office Administration, Vietnamese Study and Library; and Pre-University.

NSCC has been working with Tra Vinh University for several years now with NSCC employees doing volunteer placements throught the Leave for Change program.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To develop and refine the skills needed to prepare for and participate in an international learning experience including research, organization, risk management, teamwork, interpersonal communication and cultural competence and sensitivity.
  • To identify and reflect on the differences and similarities between Canada and Vietnam in regards to the role of entrepreneurs and business in general.
  • To strengthen academic and portfolio profiles through enhanced research, analytical thinking, planning, communication, innovation, entrepreneurship and applied learning. 

NSCC International will Provide:

  • Funding for all travel costs
  • Logistical coordination (risk management, pre-departure orientation, travel documentation support, arrangement of in-country transportation and accommodation, etc.).
  • Program management support.

Selection Criteria:

  • Continuing, full time employee interested in Social Entrepreneurship and will to work with an Enactus team.
  • International experience considered an asset.
  • Commitment to applying learning in future work with NSCC.

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application Form
  • Signed letter of support from your supervisor stating they are aware you are applying for this opportunity (uploaded to the online form)

 Project Timeline (subject to change):

October 2018 Student and Faculty Application (Call for Submission)
October 2018 Faculty Selection
November 2018 Student Selection
November 2018 Design Student Learning Contract
December 2018 Student Learning Contracts finalized and signed
January 2019 Research and planning phase initiated
January 2019 Online Pre-Departure Course begins
January/February Health Travel Consultation and Immunization
April 2019 International Learning Program in Vietnam
June 2019 Pre-Departure Conference
July 2019 Reporting and Debriefing



  • Selected faculty must participate in the pre-departure online course and one-day pre-departure conference on April 12, 2019.
  • Employees must follow the NSCC international travel policy

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Have Questions? Contact Kellie McMullin, NSCC International: kellie.mcmullin@nscc.ca or 902-491-3387


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