New website shares SWEEP collaboration

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts Social Work Education Enhancement Program launched a new website last week to keep visitors informed about past and upcoming activities of the collaborative.

Alice Hines, the interim dean for the college of Applied Sciences and Arts and director of the Social Work Education Enhancement Program, announced the launch of the website via email on Sept. 10.

The site can be found at:

According to the website:

SWEEP is an international consortium which includes USAID, SJSU, eight universities in Vietnam, government Ministries, Cisco Systems, Inc., and community agencies and stakeholders. The purpose of SWEEP is to assist eight universities in Vietnam with improving their undergraduate social work educational programs. The project, which is funded through September, 2015, aims to improve:

  • The administration of social work programs
  • Faculty capabilities in teaching and research
  • Social work curriculum, and
  • Network communication among the universities through the use of improved technology

“This site includes important resources from past SWEEP activities in the areas of professional development, research, curriculum development and collaboration,” Hines said in an email. “Lists of participant names and affiliations, photographs and information about upcoming events are also available on the site.”

The site will be updated as new events and activities occur, such as the upcoming SWEEP Leadership Academy at San José State University in October.

For more on SWEEP, visit:

SWEEP: Team visits Vinh University


This week members of the San José State University Social Work Education Enhancement Program team visited Vinh Univeristy, south of Hanoi in Vietnam. The team, including College of Applied Sciences and Arts Associate Dean Alice Hines who is the director of the SWEEP program, met with university leaders, faculty and students at Vinh University. Ed Cohen, a co-director of SWEEP, and Laurie Drabble, a team member, were also present to outline a memorandum of understanding between the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at SJSU and Vinh University. While in Vinh City, the group met with the rector and staff at a mental health facility. They discussed similarities and differences in mental health treatment services in Vietnam and the United States.


SWEEP: SJSU, CISCO and USAID show committement to social work project

San José State University’s College of Applied Sciences and Arts Dean Charles C. Bullock and Associate Dean Alice Hines both participated in the signing of a memorandum of understanding, though they were in different countries and time zones.

Dean Bullock was present at the signing of the agreement in Hanoi between San José State University, the U.S. Agency for International Development and Cisco Systems that outlined the ways in which the partners will work together to meet the objectives of the Social Work Education Enhancement Program. The SWEEP project is funded with a grant from USAID that allows SJSU to work with eight Vietnamese university partners to enhance social work education at the universities to produce job-ready social workers for Viet Nam.

The signing ceremony took place Nov. 13, at 9 a.m. in Hanoi, with participants present via telepresence from San Jose, Charlotte, North Carolina (where Cisco is headquartered) and Ho Chi Minh City. SJSU Mohammad Qayoumi and USAID Mission Director Joakim Parker both signed the MOU that had earlier been signed by CISCO in the United States. Administrators from the partner universities participated in person in Hanoi and via telepresence from Ho Chi Minh City. Hines joined in from the Cisco offices in San Jose, where it was 6 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Hines called it “an excellent illustration of how technology can be instrumental in bringing people together across cultural (and temporal) boundaries.”


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