Links with Vietnam strengthened

17 November 2016

VC in Vietnam

Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi

A week-long trip to Vietnam by Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley has strengthened the University’s existing links with the country. 

Professor Quigley was received by Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on 16 November in Hanoi, and says his visit will open new cooperation opportunities with Vietnamese agencies. Professor Quigley was accompanied by the Director General of the General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam, Associate Professor Đỗ Cảnh Dương.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc says he looks forward to more collaboration with the University in environmental areas such as geology and geothermal, environmental protection as well as cyber security, crime science and teacher training. He encouraged Waikato and other New Zealand institutions to collaborate with Vietnam on areas of importance for the continued development of the country.

The University already runs training programmes for Vietnam Social Security staff, training for principals, managers and resource teachers for Vinschool Education System-Vingroup, and has signed Memorandums of Understanding with VIED-MOET, Hanoi Law University, Ho Chi Minh City Economics University and University of Education Hanoi VNU. 

Ten University of Waikato law students, who have been awarded more than $100,000 in Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia, are also in Vietnam at this time.

The students - Georgia Woodward, Ashleigh Parker, Angela Teow, Alaynna Davis, Kate Lunn, Dilshaan Mohanaraj, Campbell Gin, Daniel Coulson, Jadin Hooper and Cameron Blue - will spend a total of six weeks in Vietnam; two weeks at the University of Economics at Ho Chi Minh City, and four weeks at Hanoi Law University.