Next Steps : Furthering Taylor's University Collaboration With Ton Duc Thang University in Vietnam

Next Steps : Furthering Taylor’s University Collaboration With Ton Duc Thang University in Vietnam
 
The School of Biosciences visited Ton Duc Thang University in Ho Chi Minh City to explore exchange, research and partnership opportunities in the sciences.

(L-R) Ms. Truong My Hanh Trinh (TDTU), Chew Lye Yee and Dr. Chan Sook Wah (TU) with Dr. Dieu-Hien Truong and Dr. Tran Thien Khanh from (TDTU) in Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Originally founded as a private university in 1997 with just over a hundred students, Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) has now been transformed into a public university with over 22,000 students on a modern campus in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). It is a young progressive, research-informed and internationally-minded university that has gone through a substantial transformation. It is ranked as one fo the top universities in Vietnam, and was the first university in the country to receive QS 3-stars. 

As a like-minded ASEAN university, over the last few years Taylor’s University has been exploring ways to collaborate with TDTU. After a group of TDTU hospitality students visited the Lakeside campus in PATA International Youth Forum 2015, Taylor’s University entered into a 2.5+1.5 degree pathway agreement in hospitality management with TDTU, and they now have a number of their Vietnamese students who are now opting for this pathway. Professor Perry Hobson, the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement, recently represented Taylor’s University at the 20th Anniversary of Ton Duc Thang University, and was also an invited Keynote Speaker at the 4th International Conference on Finance and Economics (ICFE, 2017) that was held on the TDTU campus. 

As a follow-up to that occasion, Dr. Chan Sook Wah and Chew Lye Yee, from the School of Biosciences at TU, visited to TDTU to explore opportunities for collaboration in the sciences. They met with Dr. Dieu-Hien Truong, the Assistant Dean of Faculty of Applied Science, Dr. Tran Thien Khanh, Lecturer of Faculty of Applied Science, and Ms. Truong My Hanh Trinh, Executive of International Cooperation, Research and Training Institute. During the meetings, various opportunities for collaboration were explored. In particular, the potential for semester and short-term exchange programmes for students as well as for faculty members were discussed, along with other ideas for joint research collaboration and for furthering the internationalisation of higher education - (Global Matters 2018)