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GGC signs first agreement with foreign university

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Phan Quang, rector of Thai Nguyen University of Technology in Thai Nguyen City, Vietnam, and Daniel J. Kaufman, president of Georgia Gwinnett College, celebrate the signing of a formal agreement establishing international educational exchange between the two institutions.

Special Photo Phan Quang, rector of Thai Nguyen University of Technology in Thai Nguyen City, Vietnam, and Daniel J. Kaufman, president of Georgia Gwinnett College, celebrate the signing of a formal agreement establishing international educational exchange between the two institutions.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Officials with Georgia Gwinnett College announced this week that the institutions has signed its first memorandum of cooperation with a foreign university, opening doors to international academic exchange.

A delegation from Thai Nguyen University of Technology of Thai Nguyen City, Vietnam, visited campus during its annual International Week observance. TheTNUTdelegation participated in a signing ceremony that made its relationship with Georgia Gwinnett official.

"This relationship will prove beneficial to the students and faculty at both institutions," said Anthony Pinder, director of GGC's Office of Internationalization. "Through this agreement, we will offer students and faculty a variety of reciprocal exchange programs that will enrich the educational experience both here and at TNUT."

Pinder said it's the first of many such agreements to come, as the college expands its internationalization efforts.

"Our students must live and work in a global economy," he said. "Such international agreements are key to ensuring that students of all nations are prepared for futures in a world that is becoming more connected every day."

The six-member TNUT delegation included Phan Quang, whose position as TNUT rector is equivalent to the University System of Georgia's chancellor. He signed the memorandum of cooperation with Daniel J. Kaufman, president of GGC.

During its two-day visit, the delegation shadowed classroom instructors in the School of Science and Technology, enjoyed meals with GGC faculty and attended a student presentation about a recent global civic engagement program in Ecuador.