Vietnamese University Agrees to Joint Engineering Programs with Texas Tech

Texas Tech and University of DaNang agree to faculty, student exchange and development of joint master’s degree programs in engineering.

Written by Cory Chandler

Dean Pamela Eibeck and Hoang Duong Hung, vice rector of the DaNang University of Technology, shake hands on the establishment of the joint academic activities. Click to Enlarge.

A delegation of Vietnamese officials representing the University of DaNang and DaNang University of Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish joint academic activities with the College of Engineering.

The universities agreed to exchange faculty and students and could develop joint master’s degree programs in engineering.

The DaNang University of Technology is located within the University of DaNang, which is one of the five leading national and regional universities in Vietnam.

“This partnership will build a bridge that will benefit the faculty, staff and students of both universities,” said Jeffrey C. Woldstad, senior associate dean of the College of Engineering. “We are very pleased to exchange ideas, culture and knowledge with the faculty and students from the DaNang University of Technology, and we look forward to the opportunities that our faculty and students will have in Vietnam.”

The agreement builds upon the diplomatic work of the Vietnam Center and Archive, which is home to the largest store of Vietnam-related materials outside of Washington, D.C. For example, Texas Tech in April created a joint graduate degree program training all of Vietnam’s future diplomats and has hosted delegates from the Open University of Ho Chi Minh City.

“We have been working for many years to promote better understanding between the United States and Vietnam,” said Steve Maxner, director of the Vietnam Center and Archive. “I can’t imagine a better way to increase those relations than to develop academic programs like this.”

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The Texas Tech College of Engineering has educated engineers to meet the technological needs of Texas, the nation, and the world since 1925.

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Vietnam Center

Founded in 1989, the Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive is one of the largest collections of Vietnam-era related documents in the world. Only the Pentagon has more material on the Vietnam War.

Its mission is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam experience.

Photo courtesy Jeff Sammons.