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The United Kingdom Ambassador to Vietnam paid a visit to Can Tho University.

On April 20, 2022, Can Tho University (ĐHCT) was honored to welcome and work with the delegation of the  United Kingdom (UK) Embassy in Vietnam led by Mr. Gareth Ward, UK Ambassador to Vietnam. Joining the delegation were Mr. Ken O'Flaherty, COP26 Ambassador for the Asia Pacific and South Asia; Mrs. Isabelle de Lovinfosse, Southeast Asia Regional Head for Strategy for COP26; and  Mrs. Eleanor Criswell, COP26 Energy Transformation Council. Toward the leader of the university, there is Prof. Dr, Ha Thanh Toan, the Rector of CTU, and representatives of the leaders of affiliated units to welcome the delegation.

Welcoming the British Ambassador to Vietnam.

At the reception, Prof. Dr. Ha Thanh Toan, the Rector of CTU, represented CTU's leaders and gave a warm welcome to the Ambassador delegation while also introducing the University's excellent activities, emphasizing the University's essential role in training, scientific research, and technology transfer to support the Mekong Delta's and the country's long-term development.

Referring to the cooperative relationship with British partners, the Rector highlighted that CTU had signed a memorandum of agreement on cooperation with seven British Universities, firms, and industrial groups. From 2014 to now, the university has had programs and projects with partners from this country. CTU sent 166 staff members to study for master's and doctoral programs in the United Kingdom as part of the Mekong 1000 initiative, comprising three doctoral students and 163 master's students. In addition, there are three University staff members who have received doctoral degrees and six officials who have received master's degrees. Moreover, there are hundreds of University students who travel to the United Kingdom to participate in internship and exchange programs each year.

The Rector of CTU, Prof. Dr. Ha Thanh Toan, greeted the Ambassador delegation and introduced the university.


Mr. Gareth Ward, the United Kingdom's Ambassador to Vietnam, gave a speech.

The two sides examined the current status of climate change and its impact on local people's livelihoods in the Mekong Delta, as well as the role of the University in the function as a knowledge hub that contributes to the region's long-term growth. CTU is committed to partnering with national and international universities and research institutes to ensure high-quality education and training, applied research, and effective technology transfer in order to contribute to the region's long-term development and prosperity. The University will continue to do all possible to enhance scientific knowledge and engage in communication with stakeholders in order to translate scientific findings into recommendations and activities that support the region's long-term development.

At the meeting, the university's leaders also introduced the Forum for Sustainable Development of the Mekong Delta (SDMD 2045), which was recently established and chaired by CTU with the goal of connecting, providing, and sharing information with stakeholders on the current status, potentials, challenges, and proposed solutions to develop key fields in the Mekong Delta through regular forums every two years to serve as a theoretical basis and theories and methods to aid in the development of guidelines, plans, and policies for long-term development in the Mekong Delta, with a focus on the year 2045. The University will strengthen cooperation with national and international stakeholders, from research institutes and universities to businesses and local communities.

On this occasion, CTU wishes to receive strong support from the UK Government and UK partners for the expansion of upcoming cooperation relationships in the fields of higher education and scientific research, as well as to respond to climate change and, in particular, to support and contribute to the success of SDMD 2045.

Then, the  Ambassador met with the students of the university to share information about climate change in the world today, the 10-point plan for the green industrial revolution of the UK and the new climate agreement called the "Glasgow Agreement" at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will hold its 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, United Kingdom, in 2021.

The University’s students exchanged with the Ambassador delegation.

(Editorial board)

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Ty V. Nguyen




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