Texas Tech Signs Major Agreement with Vietnamese Government

Texas Tech University signs agreement with the government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

DATE: April 24, 2007
CONTACT: Sally Logue Post, sally.post@ttu.edu
(806) 742-2136


Officials from Texas Tech University and representatives from the government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam will sign an historic agreement at 4 p.m. today (April 24) in the Board of Regents Committee Room in the Administration Building on the Texas Tech University campus.

The agreement will create a joint graduate degree program for Vietnamese students attending the Institute for International Relations in Hanoi, Vietnam, and the Graduate School at Texas Tech. The Institute trains all of Vietnam’s future diplomats and is similar to the United States State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.

The joint degree program, more than two years in the making, will allow qualified Vietnamese students to receive their first year of graduate study in Hanoi followed by a year at Texas Tech. Vietnamese students who successfully complete the rigorous program will receive a master of arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on International Relations and American Studies from Texas Tech.

The agreement is historic as it is the first joint degree program approved by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training. While Vietnamese students have long been attending courses of study in the United States, this is the first program where students will receive part of their graduate training in both countries culminating in an American degree.

Dr. John Borrelli, dean of Texas Tech’s Graduate School, along with staff at the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech, has been working on the details of the program with representatives in Vietnam to ensure it conforms to the highest standards of education in both nations. The final discussion and successful conclusion of these negotiations took place on Monday (April 23) during meetings with Texas Tech President Jon Whitmore and Provost William Marcy.

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CONTACT: James R. Reckner, director, Vietnam Center, Texas Tech University, 806-742-3742 or james.reckner@ttu.edu.