In the afternoon of November 7, 2017, Mr. Ed Vaizey - Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy of the UK and British Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. Giles Lever paid a working visit to the University of Danang (UD) to discuss the development of the VN-UK. Prof. Doan Quang Vinh - Vice President of UD and Dr. Nguyen Thi My Huong - Deputy Rector of the VN-UK and leaders of functional offices of VN-UK welcomed the delegation.
Mr. Ed Vaizey exchanged information of Assoc.Prof. Dr. Doan Quang Vinh
At the meeting, Prof. Doan Quang Vinh gave a brief introduction on the general situation of UD and important information related to the orientation of the Vietnamese Government as well as UD in developing the VN-UK International University. Mr. Ed Vaizey expressed his great impressions on the achievements of VN-UK since its founding. He advised VN-UK to continue to focus on the three areas of training, maintain partnerships with universities in the UK, establish partnerships with UK businesses and seek more funding for research groups, especially in the field of Biomedical and Public Health Sciences in Vietnam. He was very pleased with the forthcoming plans of VN-UK, pledged to represent the UK Government, and report on the progress of the VN-UK, which has attracted the attention of many UK businesses to VNUK.
As a member of UD, over the past three years, VN-UK has developed and established close relationships with such UK universities as Aston University, Southampton University, Heriot-Watt Universityand many other universities. In addition to undergraduate training, VN-UK also focuses on other activities such as start-up training and science technology. Recently, VN-UK has successfully submitted the British Council's Higher Education Partnership Program. With this project, VN-UK will collaborate with Aston University to develop and provide pilot training of the STEM-B program for high school students. This program will be designed to promote the interest of students in science, mathematics, and technology and to help learners apply research results to business. "VN-UK will strive to further improve the quality of training to provide high quality human resources for Vietnamese businesses, especially British companies operating in Vietnam." emphasized Nguyen Thi My Huong.
At the meeting, Dr. Nguyen Thi My Huong shared that VN-UK has been becoming the transfer hub of UK education and culture in the Central of Vietnam. Through activities organized at VN-UK, Vietnamese students have the opportunity to receive the UK advanced education and learn more about the unique culture of the UK. Through the exchange, Mr. Ed Vaizey and Ambassador Giles Lever expressed their support for the VN-UK development process. In particular, Ambassador Giles Lever pledged to spend the rest of his tenure in Vietnam to help VN-UK make important breakthroughs through formal dialogue with the Government of Vietnam and the Ministry of Education and Training. Both sides shared the determination and trust on the formation of VN-UK International University in the near future.