University of Regina and Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City sign partnership agreement

News Release Release Date: December 15, 2021 4:00 p.m.

The University of Regina and the University of Economics and Law, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City (UEL,VNU-HCM), will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and a Student Exchange Program Agreement (SEPA) during a virtual signing ceremony this evening, December 15, 2021.

“The Government of Saskatchewan values the new partnerships between our province’s universities and the University of Economics and Law in Vietnam, which will build intellectual and cultural linkages through research, dialogue and exchange,” Saskatchewan Advanced Education Minister Gene Makowsky said. “We look forward to further strengthening this relationship through the opening of the Saskatchewan Vietnam Office in Ho Chi Minh City in the coming months.”

The memorandum and the student exchange agreement, which are the first ones the University of Regina has signed with a Vietnamese institution, support the exchange of students and strengthens relationships between the two institutions.

"Our partnership with UEL, VNU-HCM engages us in a positive vision by recognizing that educational institutions have the opportunity – and indeed, the responsibility – to help move their respective countries forward on the world stage through international education," said Dr. Jeff Keshen, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina. "This is an opportunity and a responsibility that the University of Regina embraces, and we are honoured to be a part of it with our partners in Saskatchewan and Vietnam."

The agreement is aligned with the University’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan’s internationalization objective of creating globally aware citizens through: the inclusion of international students and research collaborators; the promotion of student, faculty, and staff mobility; and the incorporation of local and global worldviews into our teaching and research.

Currently there are 41 Vietnamese students studying at the University, double the number from 2020, and this number is expected to continue to grow. University of Regina students who choose to attend the UEL, VNU-HCM or other international institutions will receive many tangible and intangible benefits such international experiences provide.

In addition, this memorandum will see lecturers from UEL, VNU-HCM take their doctoral studies at the U of R, helping to build educational and institutional capacity at their home institution – and open the door to international teaching and research collaborations in the future.

About the University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,000 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

 

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