Vietnamese ambassador to the USA, Nguyen Quoc Cuong paid a working visit to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from October 5-7, highlighted by a visit to the city's Chatham University.
Chatham University, has chosen the 2011-2012 academic year as “the year of Vietnam” and plans to organise a number of activities to help American students learn more about Vietnamese history, culture and traditions.
The university invited Ambassador Cuong, and American researchers studying Vietnam to present students with updated information on the country.
Head of the university, Esther Barazzone, said that Vietnam is a particularly interesting country for American students today, as well as being an important nation in the South East Asia region.
At a talk with American students on October 7, Mr Cuong introduced Vietnam’s potential and encouraged the students to learn more about the country’s history, culture and socio-economic achievements duriing its doi moi (renewal) process, which has helped promote the relationship between the USA and Vietnam.
Ian Riggins, who is studying on a Master's course in Fine Arts and Literature, said that he is very eager to come to Vietnam to learn about its culture, adding that the talk gave him interesting information about Vietnam. Vietnam now ranks 13th in the world for the most foreign students studying in the US.
Chatham University said that it plans to organise a two-week trip for 24 American students to Hanoi, HCM City, Hue and Da Nang in May 2012 to help them learn about Vietnamese history, culture and traditions.
On the occasion, the University also awarded Ambassador Cuong with an Honourary PhD Diploma.