August 1, 2018
On July 21, the Vietnam Japan University (VJU) held its first commencement ceremony in Hanoi, Vietnam. The VJU was established in Hanoi in September 2016 through cooperation between the Governments of Japan and Vietnam and receives technical cooperation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Conferral of degrees by Motoo Furuta, VJU Rector (Left)
The 56 students in the first graduating class completed one of six master degree programs (area studies, business administration, environmental engineering, infrastructure engineering, nanotechnology and public policy) over a two-year period, and were conferred their degrees by Motoo Furuta, VJU Rector.
The event was attended by university officials and representatives from Japanese corporations with operations in Vietnam. Included in the guest roster of university dignitaries were Tsutomu Takebe (Special Advisor to the Japan-Vietnam Parliamentarians’ Friendship League and Trustee of VJU), Katsuichi Uchida (Senior Advisor to Waseda University and Vice-Chairman of the board of trustees of VJU) and Kunio Umeda (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Vietnam and Trustee of VJU). Other university dignitaries included Nguyen Kim Son (President of Vietnam National University, Hanoi, and Chairman of the board of trustees of VJU) and To Huy Rua (Chairman of Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association and VJU Honorary Rector).
In his congratulatory address to the graduates, Furuta emphasized that when advancing sustainable social development, it is critical to seek a balance between humans and nature, between short-term and long-term objectives, between the present and the future, and between the interests of individuals and those of society. He also encouraged the students to exemplify the spirit and cultural values of both Japan and Vietnam as representatives of the friendship between both countries that VJU symbolizes.
Among this initial class of graduates were many whose paths are set to move forward with a move to Japan in September in response to offers for employment at the main offices of Japanese companies and matriculation to doctoral courses at Japanese universities. Many others had found employment at Japanese operations in Viet Nam, and it is expected that they will lead advances in industry and technology as bridges in the Japan-Viet Nam relationship.
JICA will continue to provide support in various forms for the development of VJU.