VNUHCM sets stage to expand collaborations with Arizona State University

VNUHCM and Arizona State University (ASU) are forging a long-term agreement to pursue an array of collaborative ventures aimed at mutual goals in academics, research, global educational leadership and economic development.

Professor Huynh Thanh Dat (foreground, left), President of Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City, and Arizona State University President Michael Crow (right) sign a memorandum of understanding on December 18 on an agreement for the universities to pursue a range of joint academic, research and global education leadership ventures.

On Monday, December 18, 2017, VNUHCM President Huynh Thanh Dat and ASU President Michael M. Crow signed a memorandum of understanding that paves a path toward establishing joint research projects, undergraduate and graduate studies programs, and faculty, student and academic support staff exchanges between the universities.

The ASU agreement also provides a general framework for exchange activities that will include visits by faculty and students, yearlong study-abroad opportunities and faculty sabbaticals, as well as joint seminars, courses and workshops, and sharing of technical support and services.

The first major undertaking will be planning and development of a National Assessment Project to evaluate the quality of higher education in Viet Nam. Major objectives set forth in the VNUHCM agreement include creating a “tool kit” for that university’s post-secondary education quality assessment and building an education data center to support assessment projects.

Viet Nam’s government wants to see its education system advance to a level where it can help to meet the requirements for the industrialization and modernization necessary for the country to succeed in an international market economy.

VNUHCM President Huynh Thanh Dat views the collaboration with ASU as particularly pivotal in Viet Nam fulfilling the quest to modernize its higher education system. He emphasized that the joint ventures with ASU will help Viet Nam education leaders institute a more advanced university governing system, including improvements in administrative practices, financial management and fund-raising strategies, as well as cultivating entrepreneurship and the generation of business startup ideas from within research and academic programs.

The memorandum signing ceremony was hosted by the office of Global Outreach and Extended Education in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, which has been at the forefront of ASU’s collaborations with Vietnamese universities in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development and major industry partners.


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