Professor Victor Minichiello, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of The Professions at UNE, has signed an agreement with Hanoi University of Business and Technology that will allow Vietnamese business students to come to Armidale to study business at UNE.
Professor Minichiello said this important agreement represented the seriousness of the UNE’s intention to develop significant strategic relationships and collaborations with international partners in countries such as Vietnam.
“UNE is well placed to work with Vietnam on a number of areas of significance, including business, education, health service management, environmental sustainability and agriculture, given our emphasis on regional impact and global relevance,” Professor Minichiello said.
In signing the agreement, the Vice-Rector of the Hanoi University, Dr Doa, said that it was a landmark agreement and that students had been preparing to study in Australian for some time.
“We have been seeking collaboration with respected international institutions like the University of New England in Australia to enhance the prospects of our students. Australia is increasingly seen by students in Vietnam as a popular destination to further pursue their studies,” he said.
The Hanoi University of Business and Technology was formally established as a private university by the Government of Vietnam in 1996.
Its mission is to train economists and practicing technologists, and it now offers courses in business administration, international trade, finance-banking, accounting and information technology. In 2008, the university had enrolled almost 16,000 graduates, and this has increased to 20,000 this year.
The university has established international links with the Netherlands, Taiwan and China, while this is its first agreement with an Australian university.
Professor Minichiello said the agreement had been three years in the making. He said the agreement opened the possibility of adding other courses to the project, as well as the possibility of exchanges for UNE academic staff in the business fields to Vietnam.