On 13 April 2021, Vice President of VNUA, Prof. Dr. Pham Van Cuong chaired a meeting to welcome the second Secretary in charge of education of the Embassy of India in Vietnam - Mr. Sujit Biswas. This is the first visit of the representative of Indian diplomatic agency to VNUA. Associate Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy, Director of the International Cooperation Office and some leaders, lecturers from the Faculty of Land Management, Faculty of Biotechnology also attended the meeting.
At the meeting, two parties had the opportunity to learn more about the partner through sharing general information about the university, studying abroad experiences and culture, cuisine directly by the staff of VNUA who used to participate in short term training courses in India.
Vice President Pham Van Cuong welcomes Mr. Sujit Biswas - Second Secretary of the Embassy of India in Hanoi
India and Vietnam, with a close and intimate traditional bilateral relationship, have similar history in fighting for national liberation from colonial rule and for national independence. India initially maintained consular relations with the Northern and Southern Vietnam, then established full diplomatic relations with independent Vietnam in 1972. For the first time, in late 2020, in the context of of the global-threatening COVID-19 pandemic, the India - Vietnam virtual summit has agreed on "A shared vision for peace, prosperity and people" to orient the future development of bilateral relations between the two countries. Aside this summit, the two countries also signed the Action Plan for the period 2021-2023 to implement the joint vision (source: Website of the Embassy of India in Vietnam).
On this occasion, both parties also exchanged opportunities in terms of cultural and educational cooperation. In addition to sending staff India for short-term and long-term training, VNUA expects to receive Indian students and staff to study, exchange and share experiences with VNUA; to develop training programs that are suitable to the needs and capacities of each party. The Embassy of India introduces two major scholarship programs of the Government of India including i) Indian Economic and Technical Cooperation Program (ITEC) - established in 1964, through short training courses for public and private sector staff, it currently supports about 160 partner countries in the world, and Vietnam is one of the partners most supported by India in terms of human resource development and modernization; ii) The ICCR scholarship program includes a variety of scholarships such as GSS, MGC, EEP and SSIC to support undergraduate and graduate international students in different fields except for medicine, pharmacy and fashion.
Both parties agreed to maintain the newly established partnership by nominating the focal point of each party to update, promote and realize cooperation opportunities to share development experiences and technologies with the spirit of "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" (The world is one family).
The staff of VNUA took photo with the Embassy of India in Hanoi