President of Hanoi University visits and works with Spanish partners
From June 12 to 17, 2023, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao, President of Hanoi University, led the delegation of Hanoi University (HANU) to attend the workshop on the project titled LAB-MOVIE (Labour Market Observatory in Vietnam Universities/Survey on business needs at Vietnamese universities, sponsored by the European Union. The delegation visited and expanded cooperation with Spanish partners as the following details:
On the afternoon of June 12, right after arriving in Madrid, the Delegation had a working session with the University of Nebrija. Prof. José Muñiz, Rector of the University of Nebrija and leader of the Faculty of Languages and Education, Institute of Spanish Language and Culture and the Department of International Cooperation of the University of Nebrija received the delegation. At the meeting, the two sides agreed on student exchange programs, prioritizing the field of Spanish Language and Culture; jointly apply for funds from the European Union to support the exchange of students, lecturers and administrators; promotion of cooperation in research, especially in the fields of the two sides’ common programs. At the end of the working session, the two institutions signed an official cooperation agreement.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao and Prof. José Muñiz, Rector of the University of Nebrija
Founded in 1995, the University of Nebrija pioneers in educational innovation, combining real-world experience in professional and international environments, fostering the skills and competencies needed to empower students’ stronger integration into the labor market. The University of Nebrija is always proud to be one of the ten best universities in Spain and constantly strives to bring different values based on the quality of teaching and research combined with comprehensive training in technical skills. practical skills for students.
Overview of the working session of the HANU delegation and the leaders of the University of Nebrija
On the morning of June 13, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao and the delegation worked with Prof. Damaso Lopez, Vice Chancellor in charge of international cooperation of Complutense University – a leading higher education institution in Spain. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao expressed HANU’s desire to promote cooperation with Complutense University.
In 2017, the two schools signed a letter of intent to cooperation. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the two universities encountered difficulties in some cooperation activities. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao suggested that after the meeting, the two insitutions would sign an official cooperation agreement. Accordingly, the most possible cooperation activities is to prioritize exchanges of students or interns majoring in Spanish as a foreign language to support HANU’s teaching activities, and joint participation in projects funded by the European Union.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao and Prof. Damaso Lopez
Complutense University is a leading university in Spain, ranked in the top 170 universities in the world according to QS Rankings, established in 1499, delivering 167 majors to 86,000 students on a 220ha campus of 3 training institutions. Scientists from Complutense University have won 7 Nobel Prizes through the ages.
In the afternoon of the same day, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao visited and worked at the Vietnamese Embassy in Spain. H.E. Mr. Doan Thanh Song, Ambassador of Vietnam in Spain, received the visit and have a discussion with the Delegation. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao updated with the Ambassador about the purpose of the visit, basic information about HANU and the University’s strategy for cooperation development in the Spanish market. Besides, HANU hopes that the Ambassador, with his role and voice, helps spread postivie influences of macro policies and connect HANU with prestigious Spanish higher education institutions. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao also suggested that the Ambassador pay attention and help Vietnamese lecturers and students in general and HANU in particular to work and study in Spain. Ambassador Doan Thanh Song happily accepted and pledged to support the University in developing cooperation with the Spanish market in the near future.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao and Ambassador of Vietnam in Spain Doan Thanh Song
On June 14, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao attended the Lab-Movie Workshop in Salamanca, which is part of the project sponsored by the European Union. The project with the participation of University of Padova (Italy), University of Salamanca (Spain), University of Nova de Lisbon (Portugal), STEPS Srl Company, Hanoi University, University of Industry Hanoi, Vietnam Agricultural Academy, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Small and Medium Enterprises Association of Hanoi.
With the participation of nearly 30 delegates, this seminar focused on reports on editing progress and a data platform to provide information on job positions in the three main research areas of the project, including tourism, information technology and food technology. At the Workshop, Hanoi University presented 2 reports on the data platform testing results, the website design and editing results of the project.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao in a working session of the Workshop
On the same day, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao worked with leaders of the Faculty of Literature of the University of Salamanca, the university with the longest history in Spain. The Faculty of Literature of the University of Salamanca has got 23 different foreign languages in the world, becoming Spain’s first educational institution that teaches Spanish to foreigners and a producer of the best English-Spanish interpreters in the world. Prof. Barberan, Dean of the Faculty of Linguistics, hopes that once the Lab-Movie project ends, the two institutions will develop a bilateral relationship to promote the exchange of students and teachers majoring in Spanish Language and Culture. The two universities specialize in other common training programs such as Korean Studies, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, English Studies and Italian Studies.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao worked with Prof. Barberan, Dean of the Faculty of Linguistics, University of Salamanca
On the morning of June 15, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao and the Delegation worked with Ms. Carmen Noguero, Secretary General of the Cervantes Institute and the Institute’s leadership in Madrid.
At the meeting, the leaders of Cervantes Institute introduced to the delegation about the scale and activities of the Institute, including teacher training activities, capacity assessment and certification of Dele, Siele, cultural activities and a worldwide network of libraries. On this occasion, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao reviewed the cooperation activities between HANU and Cervates over the past 20 years, affirming that this partnership has made positive contributions to the development of HANU’s Spanish Language industry.
The delegation of HANU and the Leadership of the Institute of Cervantes
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao suggested that Cervantes Institute continue to support the necessary resources for HANU to promote the teaching, research and promotion of Spanish language and culture in Vietnam such as providing materials. teaching-learning, supporting teacher training on teaching methods, assessment and application of technology in teaching Spanish, granting permission for HANU lecturers to access Cervantes’ digital database. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao also informed the leaders of the Cervantes Institute that the two sides need to work together to apply for MOET’s license to organize the Dele certification exam at HANU.
Leaders of the Cervantes Institute agree with HANU’s proposal and commit to providing free online courses to HANU next year. The two sides agreed to review the terms of the old cooperation agreement and proceed to sign a new cooperation agreement with updated terms more suitable to the new situation.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao and Ms. Carmen Noguero, General Secretary of Cervantes Institute
On the morning of June 16, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao and the Delegation worked at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Prof. Márius Martín, Vice Rector in charge of International Cooperation and leader of International Cooperation Department, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Faculty of Translation and Interpreting received the delegation.
The two sides introduced their strengths in training and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the fields of joint training such as translation-interpretation, linguistics, tourism management and other majors taught in English. UAB offers 27 bachelor’s and 40 master’s programs taught exclusively in English. This is the basis for the two universities to promote the exchange of students and lecturers in the coming time. UAB is expected to send students to HANU to practice and study, especially in the Russian Language to study one semester or one year at HANU.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao and Prof. Márius Martín, Vice Rector for International Cooperation of UAB University signed a cooperation agreement
UAB is a public university, established in 1968 with 3 training institutions, 13 faculties and schools and 57 faculties. The university has 45,000 students, of which about 10,000 are international students. UAB is a research-oriented university with numerous institutes, research centers, technical support services and state-of-the-art laboratories. UAB is the second best university in Spain, after the University of Barcelona, located in the same city. According to the QS Rankings, in 2020, UAB ranks 176th in the world.
The delegation of HANU and leaders of UAB
In the afternoon of the same day, the delegation worked with Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona. Prof. Helena Ramalhinho, Vice Rector in charge of international affairs and leaders of UPF welcomed the delegation.
UPF is a public university, established in 1990. Although established not long ago, UPF has quickly affirmed its internationalization, teaching quality and research capacity. According to the THE ranking scale in 2022, UPF ranks 156 in the world and 69 in Europe. UPF offers 27 bachelor’s, 33 master’s and 9 doctoral programs. The number of foreign students of graduate training programs accounts for nearly 50%. The number of international faculty at UPF accounts for about 20%.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Trao and Prof. Helena Ramalhinho signs a new phase of cooperation agreement
At the meeting, the leaders of the two universities discussed the possibility of expanding the cooperation relationship in addition to the exchange of students and teachers, and the acceptance of interns in the fields of the two sides for training. Since UPF has a reputation for research, HANU proposes that two universities should consider the possibility of opening joint postgraduate training programs, especially sandwich-based programs (part of the training program is conducted in Spain and another part in Vietnam). At the end of the meeting, leaders of the two universities signed a cooperation agreement in a new phase.
On June 17, the Delegation ended a successful business trip in Spain. The trip helps strengthen and expand cooperation and partnership, bringing more research and learning opportunities to HANU faculty and students.