Van Lang University established the first Institute of Cultural Heritage and Development Studies of Vietnamese universities

(Van Lang – 11th Oct 2019) During Italian Consul General’s visit to Viet Nam on 5th Jul 2019, Italian Government expressed interest and willingness to invest and exchange multifaceted fields of cultural heritage research with Viet Nam. With the support from the Italian Embassy, ​​in the framework of the 2nd Vietnam - Italia Higher Education Forum, on 7th Oct 2019, Van Lang University officially announced the first Institute of Cultural Heritage and Development Studies of Vietnamese universities.

vlu established the first Institute of Cultural Heritage and Development Studies aAt Vietnam - Italia Higher Education Forum and the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Institute of Cultural Heritage and Development Studies, Van Lang University was pleased to have the presence of Mr. Antonio Alessandro, Italian Ambassy in VietNam, Mr. Dante Brandi, Italian Consul in Ho Chi Minh City, Ms. Maria Benimeo, Cultural Attache of Italian Embassy, Assoc.Prof. Dr. Pham Quang Hung, Director General of Department of International Cooperation (Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training).

Van Lang University's leadership also attended and congratulated: Mr. Bui Quang Do – Chairman, Dr. Nguyen Dac Tam and Dr. Nguyen Cao Tri – Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Le Ngoc Son – Standing member of the Board of Trustees, Assoc.Prof. Dr. Tran Thi My Dieu – President, MA. Vo Van Tuan – Vice Standing President, Assoc.Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Ang and Prof. Dr. Truong Nguyen Thanh – Vice President.

In 2019, Van Lang University is an important partner in collaboration with Italian Consulate, Venice University of Architecture (IUAV), SCE Project Asia organization and Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture organized the opening conference of Heritage Preservation and Economic Development  - “Ho Chi Minh Smart and Cultural District - An Holistic Approach for HCMC Dowtown Regeneration” (3rd Sep 2019).

Van Lang University also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IUAV and Palazzo Spinelli Academy (Italia) – the premier base of international architecture and conservation. Simultaneously, VLU is cooperating with Green Horizon Minerva Company preserving ancient architectural heritage buildings at 110-112 Vo Van Tan, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city and take part in organizing performances of Southern Cai Luong (Preserving intangible cultural heritage). With those projects and achievements, Van Lang University is trusted by Italia Government, Ministry of Education and Training of Viet Nam, Ministry of Construction, Italian universities and partners to establish the first Institute of Cultural Heritage and Development Studies of Vietnamese universities.

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vlu established the first Institute of Cultural Heritage and Development Studies cPh.D. Arch. Ngo Minh Hung and Ph.D. Arch. Do Phu Hung get a decision on appointment of Director and Deputy Director for The Institute of Cultural Heritage and Development Studies - Van Lang University.

At present, The Institute of Cultural Heritage and Development Studies is a member of three large organizations in the field of the World Heritage Conservation and Development: Heritage Asia – Pacific (A Network of Heritage Practitioners Supported by Whitrap Shanghai); ASEAN Network of Heritage Management and Cutural Tourism Studies (Singapore); Icomos ASEAN Network (Singapore).

vlu established the first Institute of Cultural Heritage and Development Studies fFour founders and partners of The Institute of Cultural Heritage and Development Studies will endeavor to solve the balance problems “conservation and development”, focus on the urgent needs of society in the field of cultural heritage preservation and Urban development. They work with professors, experienced experts from the leading universities and institutes of preserving architectural heritage of Italy, Singapore and Australia to plan five training programs on related topics to Heritage surveys, Theory and Restoration of Heritage, World Heritage in Southeast Asia

vlu established the first Institute of Cultural Heritage and Development Studies eAfter the announcement ceremony of the Institute of Cultural Heritage and Development Studies, Director of Institute – Ph.D. Arch. Ngo Minh Hung and Deputy Director of Institute - Ph.D. Arch. Do Phu Hung introduced the topic “Architectural Heritage of the Central Communal House and Model in Research - Architectural Training ”, guided delegates to visit 3D-VR model and introduced the book “Vietnamese Urban from multi-dimensional pieces” (Author: Ph.D. Arch Ngo Minh Hung).

The models in architectural research – training are on display at the Institute of Cultural Heritage and Development Studies:

The Institute of Cultural Heritage and Development Studies is a division supporting, implementing the strategic goals for developing of scientific research of Van Lang University. It is considered the first place in the higher education system in Vietnam have been equipped with 3D virtual reality model, help viewers learn about cultural heritage works. VLU hope that the Institute of Cultural Heritage and Development Studies will be the center of preserving and developing cultural heritage in Vietnam, expand research works in the world, contribute to the goal of Van Lang training programs' internationalization.

Tue Khanh
Photos: Khanh Long – Viet Long
Translated by Thanh Thao
Edit: Song Thuyet


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