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VinGroup Taps Cornell University as Partner in VinUni Project in Hanoi

In order to build the VinUni project from scratch, VinGroup has enlisted the help of American Ivy League college Cornell University.

According to the Cornell Daily Sun, the university’s internal news source, a VinGroup delegation approached Cornell administrators back in 2016 during their US visit to scope out potential collaborators for the VinUniversity project.

The visit was apparently successful as Cornell was listed as one of the project’s international partners in VinGroup’s recent announcement.

“The objective of the Cornell-VinUniversity Project is to successfully launch this new university in Hanoi, and to help it become an outstanding, highly reputable teaching and research university,” William W. Huling Jr., the external relations director of the Cornell SC Johnson School of Business and Cornell-VinUniversity project director, told the student-run newspaper.

The contract that Cornell signed with VinGroup will run for several years with the American college providing consultation for many aspects of the Hanoi campus, including design, budgeting and finance, infrastructure and campus operations, and faculty and administration recruitment.

At the moment, the VinUni project remains mostly on paper, although the official inauguration date for it is set for April 3 in Hanoi, with expected completion in 2020 when the school will welcome its first-ever cohort of 300 students. VinUni is also reportly starting the recruitment process for faculty members in March.

[Photo via Cornell Daily Sun]

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