Member Activities :: Hanoi Hosts GMSTEC University Meeting
Â©Members of the Greater Mekong Subregion Tertiary Education Consortium Trust (GMSTEC) are meeting in Hanoi from 24ï¿½25 October 2002, to develop activities aimed at building closer linkages between universities in the Greater Mekong Subregion, New Zealand and Australia. GMSTEC is a consortium comprised of universities from the Greater Mekong Subregion, New Zealand and Australia who have established a charitable trust to facilitate cooperation and development among its members. GMSTEC's aims are to expand the learning and research opportunities available to staff and students in GMS, New Zealand and Australian universities; to share knowledge and build cultural understanding; and, to advance the quality and diversity of academic programmes offered at member institutions. GMSTEC also aims to mobilise academic and other resources to assist with broader development issues in the Greater Mekong Subregion. The founding members of the GMSTEC Trust are the National Economics University, Hanoi and the University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City, from Vietnam; Yunnan University, China; Khon Kaen University and the Asian Institute of Technology, from Thailand; Adelaide University, Australia; and, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Canterbury from New Zealand. The Mekong Institute, a training institute established with funding from the New Zealand Official Development Assistance programme and the Thai Government will be an Associate Member of the Trust. Five other universities will also participate in the Hanoi meeting, including King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thonburi, Thailand; the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia; the Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia; the National University of Laos, Lao PDR; and the Hanoi University of Technology, Vietnam. "GMSTEC combines the expertise and resources of leading universities in the Mekong Region, New Zealand and Australia to focus on the educational and development challenges associated with internationalisation and globalisation", said Professor Nguyen Dinh Phan, Vice-Rector of the National Economics University, Hanoi. "GMSTEC will facilitate cooperation in research, development projects and academic programmes that encourage the movement of students between member universities under agreed protocols", he said. Issues for discussion at the Hanoi meeting include cooperation on PhD programmes, Masters programmes, twinning programmes, English language teaching, and research collaboration. "The institutions participating in GMSTEC have a common interest in the development of tertiary education in the Mekong region, and a very considerable range of expertise which we are aiming to share through this consortium", said Professor Phan.