H.E. Mr. Marc Evans Knapper - the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam visited and worked with the University of Danang
On the morning of August 26th, 2022, H.E. Mr. Marc Evans Knapper – the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam had a courtesy visit to the University of Danang (UD). Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Vu – UD’s President chaired the meeting with the delegation.
Attending the meeting, there were also Mr. Bradley Bessire - Deputy Director of USAID Vietnam and representatives and attachés of the U.S. Embassy to Vietnam and the Consulate General of the U.S in Ho Chi Minh City; senior representatives of relevant departments and offices of UD, UD- University of Science and Technology, UD – VN-UK Institute of Research and Executive Education.
The meeting at UD
At the meeting, President Nguyen Ngoc Vu expressed his honor to warmly welcome Ambassador Marc Evans Knapper and senior representatives of USAID to visit and work at UD.
President Nguyen Ngoc Vu briefly introduced the overview and highlights of UD - a key regional university with 06 member universities and 08 affiliated units. Recently, UD has nearly 50 years of training and supplying high-quality human resources for the Central area and Western highland of Vietnam.
President Nguyen Ngoc Vu (right image) gave a souvenir present to H.E. Mr. Marc Evans Knapper
“The Vietnamese government gives priority to invest in developing UD together with 02 Vietnam national universities to become one of the three leading centers of training, scientific research and technology transfer in the whole country. To deploy the mission and strategic goal, UD has been focusing on improving the quality of training, scientific research and international cooperation, which are considered to be important "pillars" for the sustainable development.
Group photo taking
In the process of international integration and cooperation, UD always attaches great importance to U.S partners, in which Arizona State University and Indiana University are one of the most reliable partners, supporting 03 Vietnamese universities (UD and 02 National Vietnam Universities) in the PHER - Partnership for Higher Education Reform project funded by the U.S. Government. There had been an official kick- off meeting of PHER in Hanoi, with the participation of Ambassador Marc Evans Knapper.
Group photo taking
“In the upcoming time, there will be several working visits of UD’s leaders to the United States to study and exchange experiences in educational development. That will bring positive benefits and values not only for UD but also for Vietnamese universities to carry out the mission of high-quality human resources training for the whole country” shared President Nguyen Ngoc Vu.
On this occasion of the visit of the U.S. delegation, President Nguyen Ngoc Vu also emphasized that UD attached great importance to and highly appreciated the significance of the U.S partners and expressed his desire that the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam and relevant agencies and organizations would continue to be a bridge to establish and develop the cooperation relationship between UD and U.S universities in the near future.
The U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam (center)
visited the creative products of
UD’s students at UD-Maker Innovation Space (UD-MIS)
The U.S. Ambassador Marc Evans Knapper expressed his pleasure in the first visit to UD. Looking back at the relationship between Vietnam and the U.S. over the past 20 years, the educational cooperation is becoming a key "pillar", which has achieved a lot of achievements in both breadth and depth. The U.S. Ambassador also expressed his honor when being a part of PHER project as well as connecting Indiana University with UD and 02 Vietnam National Universities.
The U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam talked with UD’s students
According to Mr. Marc Evans Knapper, the number of Vietnamese students studying in the United is up to about 30,000 students. With this visit, he also hoped that the two sides would look for suitable solutions so that more and more Vietnamese students have opportunities to come to the U.S. to study and research and vice versa; as well as have more practical models to support students’ learning and creativity such as the ones at UD-MIS (in cooperation with Arizona State University).
The U.S. Ambassador expressed his belief that the strength of cooperation and student exchange program in higher education would contribute to build a "bridge", towards a bright future in the cooperation relationship between the two countries in general, Vietnamese universities and American ones in particular.
Group photo taking at UD-MIS
After the meeting, H.E.Mr. Marc Evans Knapper and the U.S. delegation visited UD-MIS and listened to UD’s staff and students introduce and share the innovative scientific products from Engineering Projects for Community Service (EPICS) project.