The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Viet Nam facilitated a virtual meeting between the academics of the Faculties of Management Studies of the University of Peradeniya (UoP) and the Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) of Viet Nam, on the 23 September 2021. Academics of both universities shared views and exchanged ideas on possible future collaborations between students through academic exchanges, collaborative research, participation in international conferences, short study visits for post graduate students and the offering of short online academic programmes etc. The academics agreed to enter an MoU to consolidate and formalize these activities, and to initiate immediate action on the identified areas for cooperation.
In his opening remarks, Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Viet Nam Prasanna Gamage expressed his gratitude to the academics present at, and the organizers responsible for, the virtual meeting and emphasized that both universities possess the necessary academic competence and other resources to achieve the intended objectives. He also highlighted the importance of ameliorating people to people contacts through such initiatives, and reaffirmed the support of the Embassy for the collaborative efforts of both universities.
Director of the International Cooperation, Research & Training Institute of TDTU Dr. Dinh Hoang Bach, in his remarks, underscored that due to the strong similarities between the Faculties of Management of both universities, there could be numerous opportunities for cooperation in the future. Dean of the Faculty of Management Studies of the UoP Prof. Athula Ekanayake explained the nature of the academic programmes being offered by his faculty and its willingness to pursue avenues for international exposure for both students and academic staff through international collaborations of this nature.
The Faculty of Management of TDTU was represented by Dr. Tran Thi Phi Phuong and Dr. Phung Minh Tuan, assisted by several other senior staff members. Head of Departments of Operations Management, and Post Graduate Studies Prof. Ravindra H. Kuruppuge, Head, Department of Business Finance Dr. Sujeewa Kodithuwakku, and Senior Lecturer, Department of Operations Management Dr. S. Maheswaran assisted Prof. Ekanayake during the virtual meeting.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka
28 September 2021