In addition to meeting alumni and addressing preliminary meetings and workshops to the APEC summit in Honolulu next month, my trip to Vietnam has afforded opportunities to remind our Vietnamese hosts of Hawaiʻi’s unparalleled position bridging East and West, both culturally and geographically. Above, I am addressing an APEC workshop in Hanoi. Below, Shidler College of Business Professor Tung Bui showed UH Foundation President Donna Vuchinich and me around the college’s popular Vietnam Executive MBA program, which was featured recently in Mālamalama magazine.
We have now moved to Hue. Here Professor Tung Bui and I are meeting with the distinguished President Nyugen Van Toan. We also visited with Professor Chien who leads their Learning Center and with a graduate of our Vietnam EMBA program who is an executive in the center.
After an excellent discussion about possible future collaborations in international affairs we exchanged gifts. We were well hosted by these excellent colleagues.
Hue is an ancient Vietnam city with a national heritage site, the Citadel (Hue Imperial City). In the afternoon we visited both the Citadel and the Royal Tombs of Hue.
Here we are in Hanoi, visiting the VERY successful business VIET MAC, started by Mr. Thanh who is an alum of the Shidler College of Business Vietnam EMBA program. He has five restaurants and is expanding to several more. Very entrepreneurial and a pleasure to talk to.
See more photos from the Vietnam trip at the UH Flickr account.
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.
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…
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