June 12, 2008
Written by Cory Chandler
A delegation from Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training will visit Texas Tech
University Friday during a trip that could bring new graduate students to Lubbock
and result in business and research partnerships.
Permanent Vice Minister of Education Banh Tien Long will use the working visit to finalize an agreement between Vietnam and Texas Tech which would bring up to 100 Vietnamese graduate students annually to the university.
The delegation also will meet with Lubbock’s business and civic leaders and tour Texas Tech’s Institute for Environmental and Human Health to discuss possible collaboration on environmental projects.
"We are honored to have Permanent Vice Minister Long and his delegation visit Texas Tech and Lubbock. Because of the work at the Vietnam Center and Archive, we are poised to best accommodate Vietnamese students," said Chancellor Kent Hance. "Giving all students the opportunity to study and interact with students from other countries creates a diverse environment and unique learning experience for everyone."
Vietnam intends to train thousands of new doctoral students over the next ten years at foreign universities in order to bolster the nation’s development efforts. The delegation is visiting the U.S. to identify potential partners.
Texas Tech was chosen for the visit due to the strong ties the university has established through its Vietnam Center and Archive, which currently holds more than 20 million pages of Vietnam war-era documents reflecting all points of view.
The Lubbock Economic Development Alliance played a key role in getting the delegation to Lubbock.
CONTACT: Tibor Nagy, vice provost for international affairs, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3667, or email@example.com; Ralph Ferguson, associate dean of the Graduate School, (806) 742-2781, or firstname.lastname@example.org