Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Dinh La Thang (R) and  chairman of the Trust for University Innovation in Vietnam Thomas Vallely at the meeting. (Photo:VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City will provide all necessary support for the establishment of Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) which is due to open during the visit of US President Barack Obama to Vietnam in May this year .

Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Dinh La Thang made the statement at a meeting with Thomas Vallely, chairman of the Trust for University Innovation in Vietnam (TUIV), in Hanoi on April 11.

FUV, which will be based in Ho Chi Minh City, is one of the city’s key projects that are expected to enhance local higher education quality, Thang said.

Vallely hoped that FUV and its field studies on Vietnam’s policy making in the future would pave the way for further development of the country as well as Ho Chi Minh City.

70 million USD will be invested in FUV in its first five years, with the first class of students slated for enrollment in September.

The country’s first private, non-profit institution of higher education will use the Fulbright Economics Teaching Programme, a public policy master’s programme that Harvard’s Kennedy School established in 1994 with the University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City.-VNA