Under the new agreement, PhD researchers from the National Economics University will complete their doctorates in Huddersfield under the supervision of staff from the Huddersfield Business School

The Huddersfield Business School’s Professor John Anchor (centre) is pictured shaking hands with the NEU President, Professor Tran Tho Dat (right). The Huddersfield Business School’s Professor John Anchor (centre) is pictured shaking hands with the NEU President, Professor Tran Tho Dat (right).

The Huddersfield Business School has signed a ground-breaking agreement with Vietnam’s National Economics University (NEU) for PhD research progression.

Vietnamese PhD researchers will spend 18 months at the NEU during which they will undertake research methods training and develop their research proposal.  The students will then transfer to the University of Huddersfield for 30 months to undertake a research project supervised by a member of staff from the Business School.

The agreement was cemented at an official signing ceremony, held in London, and was an important part of a visit by a delegation from Vietnam headed up by its Minister of Education, Professor Dr Phung Xuan Nha.

Professor Tran Tho Dat, President of the National Economics University and Dr Đảm Đồng Xuân, Dean of its International School signed on behalf of NEU.  Vietnam’s Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Tran Ngoc An and the Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP, who is UK envoy to South East Asia, also witnessed it.  

The University of Huddersfield is the first university in the UK to sign this type of agreement with a Vietnamese university and work on the partnership was led by the Huddersfield Business School’s Associate Dean (International), Professor John Anchor.

Professor Anchor is no stranger to the NEU and undertook a staff workshop with its staff to introduce the University of Huddersfield’s long-term Strategy Map in March 2018. 

“The National Economics University is one of the leading universities in Vietnam and is already a prestigious partner for the University of Huddersfield,” said Professor Anchor.  “We have been receiving high quality students from the NEU on to our Bachelor and Master programmes for a number of years.  I am delighted that we have been able to develop our relationship further.”