Taylor’s University Joins Ton Duc Thang University in Vietnam in Celebrating Their 20th Anniversary

Professor Perry Hobson represented Taylor’s University at the 20th Anniversary Celebrations of our international partner university in Ho Chi Minh City.

Prof Perry Hobson (2nd from left) at TDTU 20th Celebration in Ho Chi Minh City
Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) was originally founded as a private university in 1997, as an initiative of the Vietnam Trade Union Organisation. Today, TDTU has been transformed into a public university with some 22,000 students on a modern campus in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. It is a young progressive, research-informed and internationally-minded university that has gone through a substantial transformation - becoming the first university to achieve QS 3-Stars status in Vietnam. Furthermore, TDTU were also recently internally ranked at #4 in Vietnam for both their research output in Scopus, and for total publications in ISI journals. Professor Perry Hobson, the Pro Vice –Chancellor for Global Engagement at TU said that, “it is impressive to see the strides that this university has made over the years”. Their internationalisation journey has also seen them establish a number of international partnerships. Their first international partner was Saxion University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands), which also happens to be an exchange partner of TU.  They also have links with Tomas Bata University (Czech Republic), National University Pukong (South Korea) and the University of Trieste (Italy) amongst others. Prof Perry Hobson first visited TDTU in 2014, and an initial group of TDTU students came to TU in 2015 as part of the Pacific Asia Travel Assoc (PATA) PIYF NexGen Youth Forum. In mid-2016, TU signed an initial degree pathway agreement in hospitality management with TDTU, and the first batch of Vietnamese students enrolled at TDTU in 2017. TU has also co-operated with in organising the 4th International Conference on Finance and Economics 2017 that was held at TDTU in Ho Chi Minh City. Professor Le Vinh Danh, the President of TDTU, said that based on the achievements of the past 20-years he felt that the institution is “on the path to become a research orientated university, which will serve society better and be more responsible for human development in general, and the national prosperity in particular” - (Global Matters 2017).