IMPACTS OF THE STUDENT-CENTERED INTERNATIONAL STUDENT COLLABORATION PROJECTS IN VIETNAM
Student-centered programs or programs which are organized mainly by the students themselves have been observed to have a more positive impact on the project’s long-term success. The Asia Association of Education and Exchange (AAEE) has involved students in the conceptualization, planning, execution, and assessment of its exchange programs. This research sums up the learnings and reflections from the Vietnam - Japan Exchange Program (VJEP), a student-centered cross-cultural exchange program for Japanese and Vietnamese students organized by AAEE. The main observation is that the student-centered model leads to an overall better student-exchange program because (1) it is more engaging for participants because it was built by organizers who are students themselves and (2) when educators entrust students to perform program-related tasks, it motivates them to gain and improve their management skills that are useful for their future success in the international field. This student-centered program model allows for the year-to-year overall improvements of the programs of AAEE.