In the morning of October 3th, 2012, Assoc.Prof. Doan Quang Vinh, Vice President of the University of Danang (UD) had a meeting with the delegation of Khon Kaen University (KKU), Thailand led by Prof. Suthipun Jitpimolmard, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer Affairs. At the meeting there were also MA. Trần Hữu Phúc, Director of Administration, MA. Hồ Lộng Ngọc, Vice Director of International Cooperation, Assoc.Prof Nguyễn Ngọc Chinh, Vice Director of Science-Technology-Environment, Heads of Research, Postgraduate and International Cooperation offices of UD’s University of Economics and University of Technology and other relevant officers.
The cooperation between UD and KKU has been established since 2008 with a MOU signed by the two universities. By this way, the two sides have conducted activities as student exchange and receiving students to work as teaching assistants over the years.
At the meeting, Assoc.Prof. Doan Quang Vinh introduced the strategy for developing UD into a Research University by 2015 and expressed his desire to cooperate with KKU in doing joint research, co-organizing conferences between the two universities. On this occasion, Assoc.Prof. Doan Quang Vinh extended an invitation to the professors of KKU to attend and deliver research projects at the scientific conference which will be held at UD in November 2012.
Prof. Suthipun Jitpimolmard expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and the invitation by Assoc.Prof. Doan Quang Vinh. KKU is a major university providing both undergraduate and graduate levels in 3 main areas of Humanities and Social Sciences, Science-Technology and Health Sciences. The university has 40,000 students, including 500 international students, with its development strategy to become world-class research university in the next two years and KKU choose UD as astrategic partner in the development of collaborative research.
Through discussion with the participants, it is found that there are many disciplines suitable to conduct collaborative research in the fields of technology and economics that are the strengths of the two universities such as clean energy, biotechnology, food technology, trade and tourism, banking and business administration. In addition, KKU expressed their interest in supporting UD in medicine, especially in dental field.
The meeting was in a warm and open-hearted atmosphere and opened up many opportunities for research cooperation in the coming years.