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II Italy-Vietnam Higher Education Forum and IDOHE 2019



II Italy-Vietnam Higher Education Forum and IDOHE 2019

Following the success of the previous editions of the "Italian Days on Higher Education", which have been held in Vietnam since 2014, the "Italian Days on Higher Education (IDOHE)" 2019 edition took place in Vietnam from 6th to 8th October, with exhibition in the three largest cities of Hanoi, HCMC and Danang. IDOHE represent a great opportunity for Vietnamese students willing to continue their university studies in Italy. Eighteen Italian universities (Brescia, Bocconi, Istituto Secoli, IUAV, Luiss, Lumsa, Macerata, Milan, GGE Art Group, Pavia, Pisa, Sapienza, Siena, Turin, Tor Vergata, Trento, Unimore), coordinated by Uni-Italia, showcased their academic offer to a vast and interested students audience.
In coincidence with the IDOHE and within the framework of the bilateral Executive Program for cooperation in education, signed during the Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte´s visit to Hanoi last June, Uni-Italia Vietnam and Van Lang University, in cooperation with the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and of Education, the Italian Embassy in Hanoi and the Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, organized the Italy-Vietnam Higher Education Forum, which took place on October 7th at the University of Van Lang (VLU) campus in HCMC.
The Forum, opened by the External Relations Director of the Ministry of Education and Training, Pham Quang Hung, and by the Ambassador of Italy in Vietnam, Antonio Alessandro, addressed issues of common interest such as scholarships, mobility of students, researchers and professors, joint research projects, funding opportunities, visa issues, the creation of an alumni association and much more. The ultimate goal is to contribute concretely to the development of our bilateral academic relations by sharing ideas and developing a common strategy for the future. As cultural exchanges between our countries are constantly growing, education plays a key role in strengthening the strategic partnership that unites Italian and Vietnamese peoples. Some data to testify this trend: 521 study visas issued to Vietnamese students in 2018; 107 inter-university agreements; over 1,000 Italian university students in Vietnam; more than 50 Italian students following exchange programs in Vietnam.
The Forum was attended by 18 Italian and 23 Vietnamese universities. During the event, several MoUs have been signed between Italian and Vietnamese universities and the first Vietnamese Institute for Cultural Heritage and Development Studies has been inaugurated at the VLU, in collaboration with IUAV-Venice.
These were the main takeaways from the Forum: focus on the sectors of greatest complementarity between Italy and Vietnam; encouraging greater connections with the private sector and Italian companies in Vietnam; reactivating the scholarships of the Vietnamese Government for students in Italy; strengthening Italian language courses to mitigate the language barrier; promote a network between the universities of the two countries and hold the forum every two years.