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Vietnam, a new destination for UA international mobility

The Vice President for International Relations expands its strategic commitment of agreements with Asia, with the addition of Vietnam and Hong Kong, and enhances relationships with new Chinese universities

Alicante, 18 December 2013

Vietnam has been incorporated as a non-European new destination for international mobility of the UA, with the recent signing of an agreement between the University of Alicante and the Vietnam National University of Ho Chi Min. With this agreement, the University of Alicante adds Vietnam to the outstanding Asian institutions that it already has as strategic partners in South Korea, China, Japan, India and Taiwan.

Thus, the Office of the Vice President for International Relations expands its strategic commitment of agreements with Asia, to which he has recently added Hong Kong, after an official visit of the UA President, Manuel Palomar, and the Vice President, Juan Llopis, last November to the City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University, the latter considered one of the top universities in Asia (if not the best in several rankings).

In recent decades, Asia has established itself as an economic growth engine and this fact has reconfigured a new international order. The demand for exchange of non-European mobility continues to increase, the Asian countries being the destinations that gain greater interest among the university community. For this reason, the President and the Vice President also visited the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in order to establish collaboration links between the two institutions and to propose future projects. Once there, they had the occasion to meet with two UA students who are currently studying in this Chinese university, Pablo Sánchez Senén and Adrián Vera Ros, as well as with students from that university who were at the UA.

During the official visit to Guangdong, the UA President and Vice president  have promoted an institutional visit from the Regional Government of Guangdong and entrepreneurs of this region to Alicante in late 2014, where they plan to hold a meeting with businessmen and local authorities from Alicante to encourage commercial and institutional relations between the two countries.

Juan Llopis highlighted the important work in this regard that is being developed from the UA’s Asia-Pacific Relations Office, led by Ana Martinez and assigned to the Office of the Vice President for International Relations.

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