The acting VC of Taylor’s University travelled to Vietnam to sign our first ASEAN dual degree programme with Ton Duc Thang University.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor and President of Taylor's University, Dr. Jon Whitmore recently travelled to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam to finalise and sign a MoA with Ton Duc Thang University (TDT) to initiate our first dual degree with an ASEAN country. The 2.5+1.5 course structure agreement will see Vietnamese students interested in studying hospitality management initially enrol at TDT in Vietnam, and then progress to complete their studies at Taylor's University in Malaysia. Students will graduate with degrees from Taylor's University and Ton Duc Thang University. Professor Perry Hobson, the PVC for Global Engagement at Taylor's University, noted that, "such a pathway embodies features that we hope to see more of in ASEAN – co-operation between universities and increased student mobility".
This agreement has taken over two-years to progress, but as Prof Perry Hobson added "the good thing is that the two universities have both made efforts to get to know each other another through various joint activities over this time". Taylor's University co-operated with TDT in the organisation of the 2nd International Conference on Finance & Economics (ICFE) in June, 2015. Then TDT brought a group of their hospitality students to the Taylor's lakeside campus for the PATA International Youth Forum (PIYF) in November, 2015.
Ms. Jo-Ann Lim from the TNE Department at Taylor's University, (and who travelled with Dr. Whitmore to the ceremony), commented that "such international agreements only come about after a lot of negotiations and navigating issues around various academic rules and regulations – after all Vietnam follows a 4-year undergraduate system and Malaysia a 3-year system".
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