Hanoi University and Srinakharinwirot University strengthen the bilateral cooperation relationship
On the morning of June 28, 2022, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao and representatives of the International Office, the Academic Affairs Department, the Faculty of Vietnamese Studies, the Faculty of Information Technology, the Faculty of International Studies, and the Center for Thai Language and Culture welcomed and worked with the delegation from Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand. The representatives of the SWU delegation included Vice Rector in charge of International Cooperation and Communication Prit Supasetsiri and leaders of the Department of International Relations and Communication, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of International College of Sustainability and a number of lecturers at Srinakharinwirot University.
At the meeting, Vice President Prit Supasetsiri said that right after the Covid-19 epidemic was better controlled, the delegation of Srinakharinwirot University (SWU) Thailand chose Hanoi University as the first destination as the two sides had got a long-standing cooperative relationship. So far, both institutions have got student exchange programs, faculty exchange programs as well as short-term courses.
Despite the complicated epidemic, SWU still arranged its own funding to award scholarships to Vietnamese students . Vice President Prit Supasetsiri said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand also has many scholarship programs dedicated to Vietnamese students. Therefore, Vice President Prit Supasetsiri hopes that in the time coming, SWU will have further opportunities to welcome more Vietnamese students to study at SWU and the cooperation relationship between the two sides will become more and more effective.
Vice President Prit Supasetsiri proposed two possible areas of cooperation between SWU and HANU, including: cooperation in conducting joint research on economics and education, sharing data and methods with each other; cooperation in joint training programs such as languages, international studies, and information technology – which are SWU’s strengths.
On behalf of Hanoi University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao warmly welcomed Vice Rector Prit Supasetsiri and members of the delegation of SWU. The Principal fully agreed with Vice Principal Prit Supasetsiri’s cooperation initiatives. Hanoi University has been well promoting the two cooperation contents through the VOYAGE Projects (Enhancing employment opportunities for young people and graduates in Vietnam) funded by the Erasmus+ fund of the European Union, supporting for the period 2015-2018 and followed by the Motive Project (monitoring the employment status of graduates in Vietnam); The RecoAsia project aims to support and promote cooperation in the field of recognition of national certificates and diplomas between higher education institutions and NARIC Centers of Asia and European countries. Therefore, the two ideas proposed by Vice President Prit Supasetsiri for cooperation are completely potential.
The two sides signed a cooperation agreement in 2018, which was about to expire in 2023, including student exchange, faculty exchange, and research cooperation. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao also suggested that the two sides will realize the signed contents through specific exchanges of functional units and expressed his wish that in the upcoming time, SWU would actively support HANU to make the Thai language a full-time training program.
After the signing ceremony, the delegation of Srinakharinwirot University visited and talked with SWU students studying Vietnamese at the Faculty of Vietnamese Studies, Hanoi University. Since 2013, Hanoi University and Srinakharinwirot University started to establish a cooperative relationship. Since then, the cooperation between the two schools has been continuously strengthened, consolidated and expanded. Every year, the Faculty of Vietnam Studies at Hanoi University receives students from Srinakharinwirot University to study short-term Vietnamese courses and do internships. From April 2013 to June 2022, Hanoi University received 139 students from SWU to study Vietnamese for a short period from 1 to 4 months; 10 students of 2 Thai languages from Hanoi University came to SWU to study as exchange students for 1 month.
Srinakharinwirot University is a public university of Thailand, established in 1949 with 02 branches in Bangkok and Nakonnayok province. The school has a total of 16 training faculties, 5 colleges, 4 institutes and 5 elementary, middle and high schools. Currently, the University has 150 training programs with about 23,000 students.