May 4, 2010
Written by Cory Chandler
The new cooperative program is one of many academic agreements with Vietnamese universities established by the Vietnam Center and Archive.
Representatives from the University of Technical Education (UTE) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, signed a memorandum of understanding with Texas Tech establishing a cooperative program for undergraduate education.
The arrangement will allow qualified students from UTE to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech in the fields of industrial engineering, computer science, finance and banking and business administration.
Students from UTE would complete a predetermined number of courses in Vietnam and then transfer to Texas Tech to finish their degrees.
UTE is the nation’s leading technical education institution and is one of 200 vocational training institutions in Vietnam seeking to raise the percentage of educated labor force in Vietnam by 40 percent in 2010.
“The University of Technical Education is a leading technical education institution in Vietnam noted for its government counseling on education and technological matters, assisting Vietnam in manpower development and industrial advancement, and helping to transition Vietnam to the knowledge-based economy,” said Texas Tech Provost Bob Smith. “The memorandum of understanding will bring a high-value education in areas such as engineering for both of our institutions.”
This agreement builds upon the work of the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech, which is home to the largest collection of Vietnam-related material outside of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The Vietnam Center and Archive has assisted with numerous academic agreements between Texas Tech and Vietnamese universities, including the University of DaNang and Open University of Ho Chi Minh City.
Founded in 1989, the Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive houses the largest collection
of materials related to the Vietnam conflict outside of the U.S. National Archives.
Its mission is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects
of the American Vietnam experience.
In 2017, the archive was renamed the Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive to honor U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, a former prisoner of war who worked as an advocate for troops and veterans following his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force.
The mission of the Archive of Modern American Warfare is to encourage, promote, support and enhance the long term study and preservation of all aspects of America's diplomatic and military experiences and involvements on a global scale, beginning in 1975 and continuing to the present. Through this, the Archive strives to help researchers develop a better understanding of America’s modern military experiences.