Recognizing the rapid development and the quality of, and investment in academic research in China, TNU-University of Economics and Business Administration (TUEBA) has designated China as one of the priority countries with which it seeks to establish a strategic and sustainable partnership of teaching and research collaboration. To achieve strategic goals of international cooperation and exchange, from April 26th to April 29th, 2018, a delegation led by Assoc. Prof. Do Anh Tai paid a visit to three universities in Yunnan, China. The specific aims of the visit are to strengthen research and enrich education at TUEBA and Chinese partner universities, and to develop and sustain joint partnerships and projects in which TUEBA and Chinese partners excel and where they have to offer advantages to each other and that can make a difference in terms of quality of research and education, innovation and impact in science, society, and the economy.
TUEBA’s current cooperation with China is rather fragmented and a more focused, strategic and long-term cooperation is needed to build strong, effective and mutually beneficial relationships with Chinese universities and institutions. On this visit, the delegation visited three Chinese institutions, namely Honghe University, Kumming University of Science and Technology and Yunnan University. Whichever institution they went to, they received the warmest and friendliest reception by leaders of local universities who also expressed their desire and goodwill to build strong relationships with TUEBA.
In particular, on April 27 th the delegation visited Honghe University. Prof. Gan Xuechun, Rector of Honghe University, and representatives from various faculties and departments had an important discussion session with the delegation. Two parties agreed to sign the revised MOU and 2+2 joint training agreement between Honghe University and TUEBA and offer scholarships for students enrolled in 2+2 undergraduate programs. Accordingly, students with outstanding academic performances will be waived from tuition fee, dormitory cost and will receive a stipend up to 3000 RMB per year. TUEBA will offer pre-university Chinese language courses for Vietnamese students so that they can be proficient enough to earn credits with Chinese instructions in Honghe University. Two parties also agreed to provide short internships in Vietnam for students from Honghe University and the internships will be provided in mid-July to August. Besides, issues such as student and staff mobility, international research, the establishment of vocational training center at TUEBA and offering undergraduate program in logistics were fruitfully discussed.
Assoc. Prof. Do Anh Tai and Prof. Gan Xuechun signed on agreements
On the morning of April 28th, the delegation visited Kumming University of Science and Technology (KUST). Prof. Yang Bin, Vice Rector, and representatives from faculties and departments held a warmest reception. The meeting between the two parties took place in the friendly and open atmosphere. For the commencement of 2+2 undergraduate program between TUEBA and KUST, KUST agreed to offer a scholarship of 10,000 RMB to the chosen student from TUEBA. With regard to collaborative research, two parties agreed to examine the fields and projects in which each institution excel and recommend the suitable collaborative research. Prior to collaborative research, TUEBA and KUST consented to invite each party’s representatives to attend important academic forums and conferences. Additionally, TUEBA and KUST committed to continue the existing good culture and sport exchange activities. KUST also requested TUEBA to offer short internships in Vietnam for KUST students and TUEBA agreed to execute the internship program as soon as possible in 2018.
Signing ceremony at Kumming University of Science and Technology
In the afternoon of the same day, the delegation visited Yunnan University (YNU). The delegation had a meeting with Prof. Li Wei – Dean of School of International Education, Prof. Luo Meijuan – Dean of School of Economics and Prof. Ma Bing – International Students Center. Two parties reached a number of agreements on cooperation. For 2+2 undergraduate program, students will be waived 50% of tuition fee. The two universities will soon decide on which programs to offer and the curricula. Moreover, two parties agreed to cohost international conferences, workshops and seminars. Regarding the establishment of Chinese Language Center at TUEBA, YNU expected the center would be a focal point for Chinese language education, admission to YNU and execution of various collaborative programs between two universities and in the region.
Discussion session at Yunnan University
Collaboration between TUEBA and Chinese academic institutions is extensive and fruitful. The existing good relationship with Chinese academic institutions will provide a sound basis for the rapid and sustainable growth of TUEBA to be a dynamic and vibrant higher education institution in Vietnam.
Pham Nhu Cuong – Dept. of Science – Technology and International Cooperation, TUEBA