The Vietnamese-German University (VGU) organized a ceremony to kick off the 2014-15 academic year and confer master’s and bachelor’s degrees on 76 students at its campus in southern Vietnam on Saturday morning.
Speaking at the ceremony in Binh Duong Province just outside Ho Chi Minh City, German Ambassador to Vietnam Jutta Frasch emphasized that VGU is a “lighthouse” project in the strategic partnership between Germany and Vietnam.
“It means this is one of a few outstanding projects and cooperative initiatives that bridge the relationship between the two countries,” she stated.
The ambassador added that Germany intends to proactively support this project. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Hessian Ministry for Science and the Arts each provides VGU with 1.5 million euros in sponsorship per year.
Meanwhile, the Consortium of German Universities sends “fly-in faculty” to work at the university.
“In the future, Germany desires to continue investment in the development of excellent study programs and world-class research at VGU,” Ambassador Frasch said.
“Next year, we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations and VGU is really a noticeable landmark in this historic long-term relationship,” she added, referring to the ties between Vietnam and Germany.
Earlier at a press conference on the occasion of German Unity Day (October 3) held in Ho Chi Minh City on September 30, Hans-Dieter Stell – German Consul General in the city – confirmed that VGU will be puffed up as a part of three main projects to be carried out to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Germany in 2015.
Vietnamese Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan also attended the ceremony and extended his congratulations to new students who passed the university’s entrance exam as well as those who had graduated with a master’s and bachelor’s degree.
The minister also expressed his thanks to the German government for assisting Vietnam in running the Vietnamese-German University.
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mallon, chancellor of VGU, said that this year the university welcomes 246 new enrollees, which means that it now has more than 1,000 students in 10 different programs.
“We are planning to establish 23 study programs to educate 5,000 students on our new campus in My Phuoc Town,” the rector stated, making reference to a town in Binh Duong.
“With these new study programs we will focus even more on sustainability in education and research,” he added.
At the ceremony, 30 bachelor’s degrees were granted to those students who graduated from the electrical engineering and information technology major.
Also, 46 master’s degrees were conferred on those who studied in the majors of business information system, computational engineering, mechatronics and sensor systems technology, and urban development planning.
Founded in 2008, VGU was at first an initiative by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the German State of Hessen but it has broadened to full cooperation with Germany over the past years.
The school is part of a Vietnamese plan, the “New Model University Project,” to build world-class universities in Vietnam with support from partner countries whose higher education institutions will act as models for their local counterparts.
Focusing on high-tech engineering and sustainable development, the higher education institution follows the German model and standards concerning its academic and administrative structure.