The Vietnam – US Society (VUS) debuted its Hanoi Club of Vietnamese US Alumni in the capital on July 1, which is expected to strengthen mutual understanding of the two peoples as they look to celebrate 20 years of the normalisation of their relations in 2015.

The club’s members, including former students of US-funded exchange and scholarship programmes such as Fulbright and Humphrey, will be able to join in round-table discussions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, industry, trade, education, health care, women, leadership and business start-up, to name a few.

They will also have chances of joining social activities, such as the 20th anniversary of the Vietnam – US ties normalisation, Family Day of Alumni, or exchanges with alumni associations in France, Sweden, Japan, Singapore, the UK and Belgium, said Deputy Chairman of the club Nguyen Thi Thu Thao, who won the 2004 Fulbright scholarship funded by the US Congress.

Speaking at the event, VUS Chairman Nguyen Tam Chien, who is former Vietnamese ambassador to the US, expressed hope that the club’s members will do more for the community progress.

The event was also graced by the presence of US Ambassador David B. Shear and Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations Nguyen Thi Hoang Van.-VNA