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IDPP Welcomes GASS / VASS Delegation Visit from Vietnam

GASS/VASS delegation visit (group photo)The IDPP hosted a meeting on 26 September 2013 with a delegation from university partner Graduate Academy of Social Sciences / Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (GASS/VASS) in the COTELCO: The Collaboration Laboratory Center on American University's School of International Service (AU SIS) campus. The five-member delegation was led by Professor Vo Khanh Vinh, Vice President of VASS and Director General of GASS, and included several other key members of the GASS/VASS administration. The delegation met with IDPP/COTELCO Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn and Assistant Director of Communication Ms. Maya Aguilar.

Dr. Cogburn opened the discussion by providing an update on IDPP programs and initiatives, and discussed concrete areas of collaboration, including teaching, research and outreach. One of the main areas of focus throughout the conversation was human rights education and training, as VASS is in the process of developing human rights courses and training programs.

The GASS/VASS delegation is visiting American University as part of a 10 day networking and capacity building mission to the US. Tomorrow, the delegation will meet with the ASEAN Studies Center at AU SIS and SIS professor Dr. Thomas Jandl, as well as the International Law Institute at Georgetown University. The delegation is also traveling to New York and San Jose, California to meet with universities and civil society organizations. GASS/VASS has been a member of the IDPP partnership network since 2012.

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