Construction of Vietnam-Germany University commences

2 November 2016

Construction of the Vietnam-Germany University commenced in Ben Cat town in the southern province of Binh Duong on October 6, expected to become an excellent university in Vietnam with high ranking in the world. The project, part of the education cooperation agreement between the Vietnamese and German Governments, has a total investment of over 200 million USD, with 180.4 million USD of soft loans from the International Development Association (IDA) and 20.2 million USD from the Government. Covering 50.5 hectares, the well-designed facility is expected to host 12,000 students once it becomes operational in the next four years. Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony, Politburo member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan affirmed that the project aims to realise the Government’s policy to build a number of excellent universities offering high quality training and research programmes meeting international and regional standards. It is tasked to provide high-quality human resources and research science and technology advances for the country’s development as well as modernisation, industrialisation and integration, he said. The university is considered a symbol of friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Germany, he stated. According to Ha Thuc Vien, Vice Rector of the university, the Vietnam-Germany University is training 1,260 students and post-graduates in 11 faculties in English language. Nearly 400 students have graduated from the university so far. Their degrees are certified by both Vietnam and Germany and recognised in Europe, he said. More students receive German state’s scholarships As many as 71 outstanding students studying at universities and colleges in Vietnam’s southern localities were granted scholarships each worth 216 EUR from the German State of Hessen at a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on October 5. The recipients are from disadvantaged backgrounds, many of them are of ethnic minority groups and come from remote areas. The activity is part of an educational cooperation program between Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training and the Hessen State Ministry for Science and Art, which aims to encourage disadvantaged students to improve themselves and pursue their studies. The scholarship programme has been organised continuously since 1993, benefiting between 150-300 Vietnamese students every year. This year the programme will grant 250 scholarships.

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