The Catholic University of America

Nov. 19, 2009

CUA School of Engineering Hosts Vietnamese Educators

  Provost James Brennan welcomes the group from the University of Da Nang and introduces them to CUA administrators and educators.

Thirteen educators from the University of Da Nang, Vietnam, spent Nov. 18 touring Catholic University's School of Engineering and meeting with its faculty and students.

Charles Nguyen, dean of engineering, welcomed the educators at a formal luncheon during the group's one-day visit to CUA.

A memorandum of understanding was signed by the two universities in June when Nguyen and Provost James Brennan visited Da Nang. The agreement calls for the two universities to collaborate on research and to exchange faculty for lectures and students for studies. At the luncheon, Nguyen noted the special relationship between the two schools.

Deans from various CUA schools and engineering faculty joined Nguyen, Brennan and the Vietnamese delegation at the luncheon at Pangborn Hall.

"We're very honored to have you here," Brennan told the visitors who had traveled more than 8,700 miles. "All this comes about because of the commitment of Catholic University to reach out to other cultures and to globalize our curriculum in ways that make our students well prepared to be citizens of the world. This is very much a part of that. I'm so happy we are able to reciprocate the wonderful hospitality that was extended to us in June and to have you come to Washington to see our great city and our very special university."

Dean Charles Nguyen, left, and Bui Van Ga, president of the University of Da Nang System, note that a memorandum of understanding created a special relationship between the two universities.

One of five regional universities in Vietnam, the University of Da Nang has a technology school that offers engineering degrees.

Bui Van Ga, president of the University of Da Nang System, noted that two students from Da Nang University of Technology are currently pursuing doctoral degrees in CUA's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. "In the future, we hope to send other undergraduate students and post-graduate students to the university because of the high-quality, excellent program," Ga said.

Visitors to the CUA campus also included Tran Van Nam, rector of Da Nang University of Technology. The visiting educators met with students after touring the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.