UEH And Kwangwoon University, Korea Signing A Cooperation Agreement On The Development Of “City To City” Project

7 October, 2022

On the morning of September 5, 2022, at Room A205, the signing ceremony of the cooperation agreement between the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH) took place and Kwangwoon University, Korea (KWU) with the purpose of promoting the scientific research development, teaching and international projects of the two Universities, especially the project “City to City” so as to enhance the development of HCMC and Cities in Southeast Asia.

Attending the signing ceremony, on behalf of UEH, there were Prof. Dr. Nguyen Dong Phong – Chairman of UEH University Council; Prof. Dr. Su Dinh Thanh – UEH President; Dr. Bui Quang Hung – UEH Vice President; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phan Thi Bich Nguyet – Chairwoman of UEH Strategies and Policies Consulting Council; Dr. Park Young June – Rector of UEH College of Technology and Design; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Khac Quoc Bao – Vice Rector of UEH College of Technology and Design; Dr. Dinh Cong Khai – Vice Rector of UEH College of Economics, Law and Government; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bui Thanh Trang – Vice Rector of UEH College of Business; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Phong Nguyen – Head of UEH Department of Research Management – International Cooperation; Dr. Pham Duong Phuong Thao – Deputy Head of UEH Department of Research Management – International Cooperation; MSc. Vo Duc Hoang Vu – Deputy Head of UEH Department of Research Management – International Cooperation; Dr. Trinh Tu Anh – Dean of Institute of Smart City and Management; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Trinh Thuy Anh – Dean of School of Media Design; Dr. Yi Dong Su – Vice Dean of School of Media Design, UEH Department of Research Management-International Cooperation and Leaders of UEH-affiliated Schools/ Institutes.

On behalf of Kwangwoon University, Korea, there were Ms. Cho Sunyoung – Chairperson of Kwangwoon University, Dr. Kim Jongheon – President of Kwangwoon University, Professor Park Taewon and Professor Tran Van Tu.

The overview of the signing ceremony 

Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Dr. Su Dinh Thanh shared: “UEH, as the leading key University in Vietnam, is gradually asserting our reputation on the world’s educational map. With the orientation of internationalization, UEH always believes in the power of cooperation with international partners, and we are happy to continue this long-standing relationship with Kwangwoon University. UEH looks forward to working with Kwangwoon on activities related to City to City project in order to promote the development of HCMC and South-East Asia (SEA) cities, contribute to the growth, development and impact of Korean industry and community in Vietnam and SEA. We can together support startups; connect stakeholders for the development of both cities; do research; develop higher education programs as well as consulting and training programs for both public and private sectors.”

Prof. Dr. Su Dinh Thanh – UEH President speaking 

Dr. Kim Jongheon – President of Kwangwoon University – sent his sincere thanks for the warm welcome of the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH) and stated: “Kwangwoon School, established in 1934, has been developed for more than 85 years. At this time being, our University is very honored to be one of the major universities with diverse achievements in the field of electronics and media. I am very grateful to the Chairman of UEH University Council for facilitating this visit to UEH and signing a cooperation agreement. I absolutely hope that in the future our two Universities can connect with each other and develop in many fields, especially in the field of information technology, electronics, as well as smart cities and other programs that UEH has been developing. In addition, we look forward to cultivating and developing more areas of training and knowledge exchange between the two universities. I also look forward to meeting and welcoming your representatives at Kwangwoon University, Seoul, Korea.”

Dr. Kim Jongheon – Rector of Kwangwoon University speaking 

Within the framework of this ceremony, the representatives of the two Universities introduced training activities, scientific research and technology transfer; at the same time, discussing cooperation between the two Universities on student and lecturer exchange; developing curicumlum and syllabus; program accreditation; joint degrees/dual degrees; courses; co-organizing Workshop/ Conference/ Publishing and competition; cooperation in research, project implementation, internship programs and other activities. Concurrently, the two sides exchanged details regarding the “City to City” Project with the following activities as follows:

  • Creating opportunities for startups in Seoul to enter Vietnam, startups in Vietnam to enter Korea and Southeast Asia;
  • Providing personnel training programs for the industry and the community in the regional market;
  • Co-organizing higher education programs in the fields of digital transformation, smart cities and metaverse, media design, etc.
  • Developing R&D through Living Lab to promote digital transformation, smart city, media design, and integrated projects in Seoul and HCMC to solve urban or industrial problems;
  • Strengthening the advisory role and participation of the universities of the two countries in the decision-making process to support the policy and development of local governments;
  • Connecting and engaging all domestic and international stakeholders for development activities of Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul and Southeast Asian cities.

In terms of the spirit of a comprehensive agreement, the two Universities have officially signed a cooperation agreement to further develop the fields of mutual interest in academic and professional areas, with the following contents:

  1. Exchange professors, scholars, and administrators
  2. Exchange of students
  3. Exchange publications and research materials
  4. Implementation of joint research projects
  5. Setup the system of academic-musty collaboration and cooperation
  6. Promotion and encouragement in the fields of other interest

KWU and UEH are obliged to render organizational assistance for the students and faculty coming into a territory of their countries for educational and cultural purposes. Both institutions also agree to continue working together to promote further understanding and cooperation in academic and continuing education programs and to develop further projects and activities that may benefit each other. 

Representatives of the two Universities signing a cooperation agreement

Kwangwoon University, established in 1934, is the first University to teach Electronic Engineering in Korea. Currently, Kwangwoon University, with high rankings and a reputation in education in Korea, has more than 10,000 students studying. This is also one of the 4 best Korean Language schools in Seoul for international students. In the context of prosperous progress during Vietnam-Korea relations, UEH and Kwangwoon University have more opportunities to promote cooperation in a more practical way, bringing more opportunities for research, teaching, learning and development towards the experiences for lecturers and students between the two Universities.

Additional pictures at the signing ceremony:

News, photos: UEH Department of Marketing – Communication, UEH ISCM, UEH Department of Research Management – International Cooperation