Third meeting of GMSTEC and the inaugural meeting of the GMSTEC trustees, Vietnam, hosted by the National Economics University, Hanoi, in Hanoi,Vietnam.

Meetings :: Third meeting of GMSTEC and the inaugural meeting of the GMSTEC trustees, Vietnam, hosted by the National Economics University, Hanoi, in Hanoi,Vietnam.

by admin | 2001-11-05 00:00:00

The third meeting of GMSTEC was also the inaugural meeting of the GMSTEC Trust. This meeting of the Trustees was hosted by the National Economics University, Hanoi in Hanoi from 24 to 25 October 2002.

At this meeting, the trustees elected Professor Neil Quigley as the inaugural Chair of the GMSTEC Trust and Mr Jeff Howe was appointed Executive Director. Key items of progress included agreement on a draft MOU for co-supervision of Ph.D. degrees and endorsement of a proposal to develop a joint Masters programme within GMSTEC focused on meeting human resource needs for GMS development. King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thonburi was also confirmed as a new member of the GMSTEC Trust.

 Photograph from the October meeting in Hanoi

GMSTEC trustees, GMSTEC member representatives and invited observers with HE Malcolm McGoun, New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam.

The participants in this meeting included:
HE Malcolm McGoun, New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam
Professor Nguyen Dinh Phan, Vice Rector, National Economics University, Hanoi
Dr Kasem Nantachai, Vice-President for Research and International Relations Khon Kaen University
Professor You Qingzhang, Vice-President, Yunnan University
Professor Pham Van Nang, Rector, University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Professor Tran Vo Hung Son, Dean, Faculty of Development Economics, University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City
Dr Dech Budcharoenthong, Dean, Faculty of Science, King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thonburi,
Professor John Raine, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), University of Canterbury
Professor Ian Young, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Commerce), Adelaide University
Professor Neil Quigley, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Commerce), Victoria University of Wellington, Professor Pit Chamnan, Rector, Royal University of Phnom Penh
Mr Ngo Bunthan, Vice-Rector, Royal University of Agriculture
Mr Bounseng Kannhavong, Director, International Affairs Office, National University of Laos
Professor Le Cong Hoa, Vice Rector, Hanoi University of Technology
Associate Professor Sumeth Kaenmanee, Dean, Faculty of Management Science, Khon Kaen University
Dr Zhang Jiansheng, Acting Director, International Exchange Programmes, Yunnan University
Dr Tran Tho Dat, Deputy Dean of the Postgraduate Department, National Economics University, Hanoi
Mr Nguyen Thanh Ha, Head, International Relations Department, National Economics University, Hanoi
Dr Pravate Tuitemwong, Associate Dean for Research & International Relations, King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thonburi
Dr Nitaya Ketkaew, Associate Dean for Academic, King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thonburi
Mr Tanavich Chindapravist, King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thonburi
Mr Jeff Howe, Director, International Projects, Victoria University of Wellington

In opening the meeting, HE Malcolm McGoun (New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam) expressed his strong support for the GMSTEC Trust. He said that from a strategic point of view, education links and intellectual collaboration were more important in relationship building than any other single activity. "A meeting of minds leads to a better understanding of each other and out of understanding comes security and opportunities for development of greater prosperity," he said. He also noted that New Zealand and Australian universities have a lot to offer to the GMS region through GMSTEC but in turn unique values and intellectual resources will flow back to New Zealand and Australian societies.

 Photograph from the October meeting in Hanoi Photograph from the October meeting in Hanoi
Professor Nguyen Dinh Phan, Vice Rector, National Economics University, Hanoi, provides the opening address.University leaders from the GMS, Australia and New Zealand meet to exchange ideas.