Thoughts from Vietnam

Around 120 business leaders and government officials including representatives from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the President’s office gathered at Thang Long Ballroom, Melia Hotel in the center of Hanoi on October 4 for an impressive dialogue on how to expand investment and trade and to reduce barriers to businesses through the upcoming APEC Forum in Honolulu in November. The informational seminar, APEC 2011—Exploring New Opportunities for Vietnam, was sponsored and organized by the APEC 2011 Hawaiʻi Host Committee, National Committee for International Economic Cooperation of Vietnam, Foreign Trade University, APEC Study Center, University of Hawaiʻi and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It was great to be a part of such stimulating discussion.

Hoang Van Chau and M.R.C. Greenwood

I also had a chance to meet and visit with Foreign Trade University President Hoang Van Chau (left), who leads what many refer to as ”The Harvard of Vietnam.“

A group of us, including some UH alumni posed at the main entry to campus (below).

UH graduates are everywhere throughout Asia and Southeast Asia!

It is rewarding to see our students serving their home countries and peoples.

More to come from Vietnam…

Group standing by outdoor sign

From left with President Greenwood, UH Shidler Vietnam EMBA Director Tung Bui, MBA alumna Pham Thi Hong Yen, FTU President Hoang Van Chau, UH Foundation President Donna Vuchinich, UH alumna DaoThi Thu Ha and Tho Dinh Nguyen