Vietnamese, Lao national universities foster exchanges

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NDO/VNA – The Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City (VNUHCM) and the National University of Laos signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation, in Vientiane, on January 26.

According to the pact, the two establishments will exchange lecturers, post-graduates, students, and scientific publications, in addition to jointly organising seminars, conferences, and talks on specialised themes.

The Vietnamese university will offer scholarships to teachers and students at the Lao school, and help to enhance the research capacity of Lao researchers and lecturers, particularly in the field of information and technology.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, VNUHCM President Huynh Thanh Dat said that the Lao university is among the first universities in Southeast Asia to set up a partnership with the VNUHCM, with the two sides signing their first MoU in January 1998.

The two universities have worked together to organise visits, joint studies, student exchanges, and seminars, he said, noting that the latest MoU proved that they will continue their collaboration towards promoting quality tertiary education in Southeast Asia.

Praising the support that Ho Chi Minh City has provided for Laos’ education sector thus far, Lao Deputy Minister of Education and Sports Boualane Siripanya stated that the freshly signed MoU will contribute to their bilateral cooperation and human resources development in Laos.

Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan said the local authorities back the collaboration between the two universities with expectation that the ties would produce more effective outcomes.