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Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences Visits SIS

VASS and AU-SIS delegations group photoThe Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) visited the School of International Service (SIS) at American University on 29 June 2012 to discuss a range of potential partnerships with American University.

IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn; the IDPP Associate Director; and Communications Coordinator Ms. Maya Aguilar attended the meeting, and discussed a partnership with VASS and its Graduate Academy of Social Sciences (GASS). An IDPP delegation visited GASS in Hanoi, Vietnam on 28 May 2012 during a recent IDPP Networking Mission.

The VASS delegation included President Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, and nine other VASS senior administrators and faculty members. In addition to IDPP staff members, the VASS delegation was received by Dr. Peter Starr, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at American University; Ms. Leeanne Dunsmore, SIS Associate Dean for Program Development and Graduate Admissions; and Mr. Dan Deming, Director of the Intercultural Management Institute at SIS.

Key areas for joint collaboration were proposed by the two institutions, including collaborative research, hosting joint conferences, and student and faculty exchanges. The IDPP delegation was able to discuss specifically with VASS delegates its plans developed with GASS last month, and the opportunity for a broader partnership with VASS within the IDPP network.