This summer, Penn State Greater Allegheny officially launched its partnership with Duy Tan University, located in Da Nang, Vietnam, with a ceremony on campus in the Student Community Center.
Prior to the ceremony, Curtiss Porter, chancellor of Penn State Allegheny, welcomed Le Cong Phung, Vietnamese ambassador to the United States and his party to the campus by presenting the ambassador with a Nittany Lion statue. The ambassador returned the gesture by presenting Porter with a golden plate. Other guests at the ceremony included Allegheny County District 9 Councilman Robert Macey and Clifford Wise, Carter Jones, Sally Cunningham and John Keys from the Greater Allegheny Advisory Board. The purpose of the partnership is to encourage more and deeper linkages between the two universities; increase the number of Vietnamese students matriculating in the United States and Greater Allegheny; and to promote educational programming necessary to provide Vietnamese students with the skills they will need to advance in today?s modern economy.
According to the terms of this agreement, Penn State Greater Allegheny will train about 100 faculty members from Duy Tan University to deliver 24 business courses. This training will occur over the course of four years, beginning this summer, on the Penn State Greater Allegheny campus.
From the 2010-11 academic year, Penn State Greater Allegheny also will send two faculty members to Duy Tan University every semester for at least two weeks to model and monitor the teaching of these courses with the trained faculty and Duy Tan students. During the first year, the summer train-the-trainer sessions will be held at Penn State at Greater Allegheny.