Ministerial visit to strengthen Aston’s Southeast Asian links

Laos delegation

30 January

A Government delegation from the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) has visited Aston University as part of a UK tour to discuss future development opportunities between the two countries.

Lao PDR Deputy Minister for Education and Sports, Madame Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun, along with key Government Ministers met with academics, researchers and students at Aston. The visit coincides with the UK’s current plans to re-establishing an embassy in Laos, a country which borders Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand and China. The visit also follows on from the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Aston University and the National University of Laos for potential future collaborations.

The delegation discovered more about Aston University’s current international links, business partnerships, student employability schemes and leading scientific and engineering research. These international links include Aston leading a UK delegation to develop a new research-led University in Vietnam, based at the University of Da Nang. As a first step, it is planned for 20 PhD scholars from the University of Da Nang to undertake placements at Aston creating a high quality teaching faculty for the new university.

 Professor Alison Halstead, Pro Vice Chancellor for Strategic Academic Developments at Aston University, recently visited the Ministry of Education and Sports in Laos and is Director of the ASEAN research hub in Vietnam. She said: “We’ve had some extremely positive discussions with the Laotian Government representatives.  One of our key aims is to develop a research hub involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which will bring scientific, business and educational opportunities to this region and beyond. We look forward to working with the delegation on this and other collaborations.”

One of our key aims is to develop a research hub involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Students from over 120 countries currently study at Aston University, giving the University’s campus a truly global feel.

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For further media information please contact Alex Earnshaw, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4549 or email  a.earnshaw@aston.ac.uk