Continuing close cooperation relations between Australia and Da Nang city in general and the University of Danang (UD) in particular, in the afternoon of October 05th, 2016, H.E Craig Chittick – newly-appointed Australian Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Vietnam visited and worked with UD’s representative leaders.
The Ambassador was accompanied by Mrs. Karen Lanyon - Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh city; Ms. Nadia Krivetz - Political Counselor; Ms.Kim Cleary - Science and Education Counselor, the Australian Embassy in Vietnam; Ms. Erin Leggat - Economic Consul, Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh city; Ms. Nguyen Anh Nguyet - Senior Political Officer, Australian Embassy in Vietnam and Ms. Tran Hoang Hieu Thao - Trade and Economics Officer, Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh city.
Prof. Tran Van Nam offered flower to H.E Craig Chittick
UD’s attendees were Prof. Tran Van Nam – President of UD; Dr. Hoang Hai – Director of International Cooperation; Assoc.Prof. Vo Thi Thuy Anh – Vice Rector of the University of Economics, UD and Dr. Nguyen Ba Hoi – School of International Education, UD.
Opening the meeting, Prof. Tran Van Nam expressed his congratulations to H.E Craig Chittick on being appointed as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Australia to Vietnam from October 07th, 2016.
H.E Ambassador was impressed with the development of Da Nang city in recent years and highly appreciated the capacity of Vietnamese students studying in Australia.
The University of Foreign Language Studies, a member of UD, has a large number of staff and lecturers graduated from Australian universities such as the University of Queensland (the majority), University of Technology Sydney, Griffith University, University of New South Wales, University of Adelaide, etc ... Recognizing the role of English, for many years, UD has provided many programs taught in English, which have helped improve the student’s quality and increase job opportunities for students.
As Australian Ambassador to Vietnam for the new term, H.E Craig Chittick said that during this visit he especially wanted to learn about the educational system of Vietnam. Therefore, with the proposals shared by Prof. Dr. Tran Van Nam on cooperation between UD and Australian partners such as: exchange of students and staff, seek for and implementation of joint projects, receipt of students under the program of New Colombo Plan, etc ..., he expressed his acclaim and readiness to support and enhance connectivity cooperation with Australian universities.
Prof. Tran Van Nam exchanged information with H.E Craig Chittick
In response to questions raised by Mrs. Kim Cleary about the educational quality assessment, Prof. Dr. Tran Van Nam revealed “At present there are 04 centers for educational quality accreditation nationwide, in which UD has 01 center established under Decision No. 1100/QD-BGDĐT dated April 06, 2015. Also, 04 member universities of UD has engaged in educational quality accreditation out of 06 universities in Vietnam. And in the last April, 2016, the University of Education, UD was the first university in the country to be certificated with standard training quality by the Center for Education Accreditation – Vietnam National University, Hanoi. Besides, UD will engage in quality accreditation at AUN standards (ASEAN Universities Network)”.
Mrs. Kim Cleary (the second person from the right)
Dr. Hoang Hai and Assoc.Prof. Vo Thi Thuy Anh at the meeting
Reportedly, the New Colombo Plan program is an important initiative of the Australian Government to enhance understanding of the Indian Ocean - the Pacific Ocean through the student’s assistance in Australian universities to partially implement learning program or internship in the region. In 2017, there will be 340 students from 22 universities in Australia to study and do internship in more than 30 universities and organizations in Vietnam in various fields, including business administration, education, health, engineering, hotel, tourism, urban design and regional planning in the framework of the program.