School of Engineering Embarks on First Hong Kong Student Exchange

School of Engineering Embarks on First Hong Kong Student Exchange


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Continuing to expand international programs ong>ofong>

the ong>Schoolong> ong>ofong> ong>Engineeringong>, Dean Nguyen and his

directors ong>ofong> international programs visited eight

universities in Europe and Asia during the 2007–

2008 academic year. In August 2007, the dean and

Prong>ofong>essor Frank Pao met with the dean and key

ong>ofong>ficials and visited the laboratory facilities ong>ofong> the

engineering school ong>ofong> The Catholic University ong>ofong>

Leuven, Belgium. The next month, during a trip to

Portugal to accept a leadership award from the

International Network ong>ofong> ong>Engineeringong> Education

and Research in Coimbra, the dean, along with a

CUA delegation, met the vice-rector and dean ong>ofong>

engineering ong>ofong> The Catholic University ong>ofong> Lisbon

and visited their facilities. The two schools signed

a memorandum ong>ofong> understanding to explore

collaboration in research and education.

In February 2008, Dean Nguyen, Pao, and

Uyen Nguyen, Ph.D., who was recently appointed

International Director ong>ofong> Programs in Asia, visited

Kasetart University in Bangkok, Thailand, and

signed an MOU with the faculty ong>ofong> engineering ong>ofong>

this university to develop mutual education and

research programs. While in Thailand, the CUA

delegation also visited Burapha University in

Chonburi, meeting with the dean and faculty ong>ofong> the

college ong>ofong> engineering ong>ofong> this university. An MOU

was also signed between the two engineering

schools with goals similar to the one signed with


After the Thailand trip, Dean Nguyen, Director

Nguyen and Associate Prong>ofong>essor Binh Tran, Ph.D.,

chair ong>ofong> the CUA biomedical engineering

department, visited the International University

ong>ofong> the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh

City, where an agreement was signed by the two

institutions to re-energize the existing 2+2

program. Dean Nguyen gave a presentation to the

faculty and students about CUA and the ong>Schoolong> ong>ofong>

ong>Engineeringong> and explained the application

process ong>ofong> the 2+2 program. The CUA delegation

then visited the Saigon Technology University,

signing an MOU with this university. At STU, Dean

Nguyen received an honorary prong>ofong>essorship. Dean

Nguyen and Director Nguyen then traveled to

Danang, Vietnam, visiting with ong>ofong>ficials ong>ofong> Duy Tan

University and University ong>ofong> Danang, with the

probability ong>ofong> an MOU to be signed with these

universities in the near future.

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Dean Nguyen received the leadership award at the INEER banquet in Coimbra, Portugal.

Faculty and administrators ong>ofong> CUA and Kasetart University at the MOU signing ceremony.

The signing ceremony ong>ofong> the MOU between CUA and the Saigon Technology University.

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