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VNU-USSH Delegation Visits NTNU to Strengthen Academic Cooperation

On May 20, a delegation from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University-Hanoi (VNU-USSH) visited National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) to discuss the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding for Academic Cooperation and explore future academic collaboration opportunities. This visit further strengthened cultural exchanges between Taiwan and Vietnam.

The visit was organized in collaboration with the Department of International and Cross-Strait Education at the Ministry of Education. The Vietnamese delegation, led by VNU-USSH Rector Hoàng Anh Tuấn, included Head of the Scientific Research Management Department, Trịnh Văn Địn; Vice Dean Đặng Hồng Sơn of the Department of History; Vice Dean of the Department of Literature and Dean of Chinese Studies Nguyễn Thu Hiền; and Vũ Minh Hải, International Cooperation Officer from the International Office.

The entourage was welcomed by a team from NTNU, headed by Vice President Yung-Hsiang Frank Ying, including Vice President for International Affairs Yi-De Liu, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Wen-Wei Shiu, Vice Dean of the Department of Chinese Joan Chiung-Huei Chang, Chairperson of the Department of Chinese Chi-Hung Li, Director of the Graduate Institute of Taiwan History Peter Kang, and Project Assistant Joachim Boittout.

VNU-USSH, established in 1945 and formerly known as the University of Liberal Arts and Hanoi University, is Vietnam's oldest scientific research and teaching institution. It holds a prestigious position as a leading university in the fields of humanities and social sciences.

During the visit, Vice President Ying expressed his gratitude for the strong cooperative relationship between NTNU and VNU-USSH and encouraged further bilateral exchanges. Vice President Liu noted that Vietnamese students form the largest group of international students at NTNU, and highlighted the importance of deepening ties with Vietnam.

Rector Tuấn reiterated VNU-USSH's commitment to fostering a strong partnership with NTNU. He announced plans to co-organize the "2024 New Directions in Chinese Language Research International Symposium" with NTNU, Goethe University Frankfurt, and Nanyang Technological University in November. The symposium will focus on topics such as the history and culture of Vietnam and Taiwan, architecture, religion, and literature, aiming to enhance academic exchanges among the institutions.

Associate Dean Shiu proposed the introduction of a Taiwan-Vietnam Translation Award as part of the "Red Chamber Prize for Contemporary Literature," managed by the NTNU Global Chinese Writing Center. This award will encourage students to translate Vietnamese texts into Chinese, thereby promoting Vietnamese history, culture, and language.

Beyond academic collaboration, VNU-USSH is enthusiastic about fostering student exchanges and is open to long-term and short-term credit-recognized exchanges. NTNU students are also invited to pursue master's and Ph.D. degrees in humanities at VNU-USSH.

This meeting has paved the way for stronger cooperation between the two universities and is expected to enhance cultural and academic exchanges between Taiwan and Vietnam.