Professor Petford, accompanied by a delegation of senior staff, signed a ‘Memorandum of Cooperation’ on Monday 24 October with Vietnam National University, recognising plans for the joint delivery of The University of Northampton’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme in the country.
The occasion featured a signing ceremony for the Memorandum between Professor Petford and VNU Vice President, Professor Le Quang Minh. This was followed by further discussions on collaboration in areas including Northampton’s specialist capabilities in sustainable development, wastes management, IT systems, and future student and staff exchanges.
The visit to Vietnam, hosted by Dr. Truong Quang Duoc, Vice Rector of VNU, builds upon previous meetings with The University of Northampton, which sent representatives from its Northampton Business School (NBS) to the 10th Anniversary celebrations of Vietnam National University Centre for International Education in April this year.
As part of these celebrations NBS signed a progression agreement which enables students from the Centre for International Education to gain advanced entry onto a number of NBS undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In October 2011 NBS began welcoming its first students from the Centre for International Education onto courses in Northampton.
Professor Petford commented:
We are delighted to be working in close partnership with Vietnam National University and to launch the University of Northampton MBA programme in Ho Chi Minh City in collaboration with the Centre for International Education.
The MBA will be taught jointly by visiting academics from Northampton Business School, supported by colleagues from Vietnam National University.
Professor Nick Petford
Ian Brooks, Executive Dean of Northampton Business School, added:
Vietnam National University is one of the most highly regarded universities in Vietnam. The agreement to deliver The University of Northampton MBA represents a considerable achievement for both organisations and also highlights another successful step in our ongoing internationalisation strategy.