Van Lang University organized the second Italy-Vietnam Higher Education Forum - 2019

(Van Lang, October 8th, 2019) - On October 7th, 2019, within the framework of events celebrating 45 years of Vietnam-Italy diplomatic relations, Van Lang University and Uni-Italia Vietnam, in cooperation with the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training, the Italian Embassy in Hanoi and the Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, organized the second Italy-Vietnam Higher Education Forum. This was a crucial event to promote cooperation in education between the two countries.

vlu italy vietnam higher education forum aThe Forum was attended by Assoc. Prof. Pham Quang Hung - Director of International Cooperation Department - Ministry of Education and Training, Mr. Antonio Alessandro - Italian Ambassador in Vietnam, Mr. Dante Brandi - Consulate General of Italy in Ho Chi Minh City, representatives of 23 Vietnamese Universities and 17 Italian Universities.

vlu italy vietnam higher education forum tThe 2nd Vietnam-Italy Higher Education Forum was held at Van Lang University (Trinh Cong Son Hall – the 3rd campus).

The 2nd Vietnam-Italy Higher Education Forum in 2019 was one of events organized by the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam and the Embassy Italia in Vietnam, to celebrate 45 years of Vietnam-Italy bilateral relations. Under the leadership of the Ministry of Education and Training and the Embassy of Italy, Van Lang University and Uni - Italy Vietnam were the two organizers of the event.

Opening the Forum, the International Cooperation Director of the Ministry of Education and Training, Assoc. Prof. Pham Quang Hung said, “Currently, the number of Vietnamese undergraduates and doctoral fellows studying in Italy is more or less 1,000. Besides, there are 21,000 foreign students in Vietnam. The Vietnam - Italy higher education forum was organized in the context of internationalization of higher education with the focus on quality rather than quantity. It sends an utterly critical message about the future of educational cooperation between the two countries. The forum will connect the higher education leaders of the Republic of Italy, the world and Vietnam; discuss regional and global issues and challenges of internationalization of higher education; sharing the new trend in this international integration with quality assurance considered as the orientations to raise the level of higher education to another milestone and international integration, promote student mobility in higher education, and enhance Vietnam-Italy cooperation in the future.”

vlu italy vietnam higher education forum bAssoc. Prof. Pham Quang Hung - the International Cooperation Director of the Ministry of Education and Training gave an opening speech at the Vietnam - Italy Higher Education Forum 2019.

Following Assoc. Prof. Pham Quang Hung, the Ambassador of Italy in Vietnam - Mr. Antonio Alessandro - asserted that “We will address issues of common interest such as scholarships, mobility of students, researchers and professors, joint research projects, funding opportunities, visa issues, and the creation of an alumni association. The ultimate goal is to strengthen our bilateral academic relations in education and develop a common strategy for the future, including sending more Vietnamese students to Italy”.

vlu italy vietnam higher education forum cThe Ambassador of Italy in Vietnam - Mr. Antonio Alessandro - gave the opening speech and congratulated the Vietnam - Italy Higher Education Forum 2019.

On Van Lang University’s behalf, PhD. Nguyen Cao Tri, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, said: “These important educational and diplomatic activities such as the Vietnam-Italy Higher Education Forum are great opportunities for Van Lang University to step by step implement the international cooperation roadmap and improve the training program for learners. Italian history and culture have many similarities with Vietnam. In this aspect, I believe that Italian education will be a great choice for Vietnamese universities. Accessing to Italian education and culture will be a very good opportunity for Vietnamese students to cultivate their aesthetics and cultural background, besides professional knowledge and skills."

vlu italy vietnam higher education forum aaPhD. Nguyen Cao Tri, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Van Lang University, expressed his wish: “With the cooperation opportunities from this Forum, I hope that Vietnamese and Italian universities will achieve tremendous milestones in education and training. The ultimate goal of the educational cooperation is greater value we create for our students. We believe that Vietnamese students will adapt well and have access to the value of Italian education, especially in the key fields such as Engineering, Architecture, Arts, Music, Fashion, and Manufacturing Engineering ,etc.”

One of the outstanding achievements at the Vietnam - Italy Higher Education Forum 2019 is the Memorandum of Understanding on educational cooperation agreements signed among Vietnamese universities and Italian universities. Five MOUs have been signed among four Vietnamese universities and five Italian universities.

From left to right: 1 / MOU signed between Van Lang University and Roma University 2.

                            2 / MOU signed between Van Lang University and Modena and Reggio Emilia University (UNIMORE)

                            3 / MOU among 4 universities: Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences & Humanities, UNIMORE, University of Brescia, University of Pisa.

                            4 / MOU signed between Ho Chi Minh City University of Technical Education and Rome University 2

                           5 / MOU signed between Hanoi University of Technology and Trento University.

On the occasion of the 2nd Vietnam-Italy Higher Education Forum in 2019, a new mark of Vietnam-Italy education cooperation was also announced: the creation of an alumni association aiming to connect and support Vietnamese student community who are studying in Italy and become a bridge of the Vietnamese community in Italy.

vlu italy vietnam higher education forum uPhD. Bui Hai Dang, Member of the National Executive Committee of the Vietnam - Italy Friendship Association, Head of the International Relations Department, Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, announced the establishment of the Uni-Italia Association for Vietnamese students.

In the main content of the Forum, 8 presentations from Vietnamese and Italian universities were presented. They expressed the issues on Vietnam-Italy higher education cooperation, cooperation experiences, joint projects and opportunities for future cooperation, Italian University Foundation programs, student mobility in higher education; requests of universities to expand educational cooperation, and funds to support Vietnamese students in Italy.

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Mr. Roberto Napoli, a representative of Trento University, presented a presentation on "Looking Back on 20 years of Cooperation Experience with Vietnamese Universities".

As one of the Italian universities having most educational cooperation with Vietnamese universities, Trento University has been cooperating with Hanoi University of Science and Technology ( USTH), Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), ...

 

 

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Assoc. Prof. Tran Thi My Dieu, Rector of Van Lang University, presented her presentation: "Enhancing Cooperation between Vietnam Universities and Italian Universities".

In her presentation, she expressed the desire for intensively cooperating with Italian universities in the key fields such as Architecture, Fashion Design, Automotive Technology, and Environmental Engineering Technology.

 

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Ms. Maria Benimeo, Cultural Attaché for the Italian Embassy, presented the presentation "Integrated promotion of Italy around the world: Higher Education".

According to Ms. Maria Benimeo, in 2018, there were 84,733 international students (5%) in Italy, 14,270 MOUs or MOAs signed between Italian and foreign universities / research institutes. Vietnamese and Italian universities concluded 107 MOUs or MOAs, 5 joint scientific projects.

 

 

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With the presentation "The International Integration and  Promoting Student Mobility in Higher Education", PhD. Le Van Long, representative of Can Tho University, made an offer at the forum: “Currently, the Mekong delta is a difficult economic region and people's income is not high, so it is extremely difficult for children to study abroad. Can Tho University has set up a fund to comprehensively support the cost for those who desire to study abroad, and in 2018 there were 19 students studying in the Europe and 17 students studying in Italy. We want the Ministry of Education and Training as well as the Italian Embassy in Vietnam to support or set up a scholarship fund for capable students to study and develop abroad.

vlu italy vietnam higher education forum hMr. Dante Brandi, Italian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, chaired the Seminar after the discussions of Vietnam - Italy Higher Education Forum 2019.

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OTHER ACTIVITIES

Along with the Vietnam - Italy Higher Education Forum 2019, other activities including cultural exchange activities, research cooperation, and exhibition of educational products also took place.

vlu italy vietnam higher education forum rMr. Bui Quang Do - Chairman of the Board of Directors of Van Lang University and Artist Nguyen Ngoc Tuan introduced Vietnamese tea and tea art to the participants of the Forum. Delegates and guests of the Forum were full of admiration for Vietnam's tea culture (Canh Ha tea, Lam tea, O Long tea).

vlu italy vietnam higher education forum oIn the morning of the same day (October 7th), Assoc. Prof. Pham Quang Hung, Mr. Antonio Alessandro and the leaders of Van Lang University announced the establishment of the Institute of Cultural Heritage and Development - a place to display and store architectural and cultural heritages at Van Lang University. This is considered to be the first place in the higher education system in Vietnam equipped with 3D-VR virtual reality glasses model which helps viewers to understand cultural heritages.

vlu italy vietnam higher education forum qLeft photo: Exhibition of 3D fish painting organized by Nguyen Thanh Tam – Graphic Design alumnus of Van Lang University.
Right photo: A showcase of essential oils and aromas - a product produced by students of Faculty of Environment & Biotechnology (Van Lang University).

vlu italy vietnam higher education forum yThe student’s project displaying area of ​​the Faculty of Industrial Fine Arts (above pictures) includes projects that are highly appreciated for practical application of Interior Design, Fashion Design, Product Design, Graphic design.

Source:Ngan Tran
Photo: Minh Tien – Thien Phat – Khanh Long – Viet Long
Translator: Ngoc Phuong Ho
Editor: Vo Thi Xuan Anh


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