City leader received Vietnamese French Professor Le Van Cuong

On 19 June 2017, Mr. Le Thanh Liem, Standing Vice Chairman of the City People's Committee met and worked with Prof. Le Van Cuong, Professor of the University of Paris 1, Chairman of the Vietnam Economic Forum, Vice President of the Association for Public Economic Theory, Director of the Center for Economic Research, Management and Environment of Vietnam (VCREME) on his proposal to establish the Saigon School of Economics, Management and Finance, one of the issues presented at the 3rd International Conference on Vietnamese Overseas in November 2016.

Professor Le Van Cuong. Photo: Thuan Thang (

Attending the ceremony were representatives of leaders of departments and universities in the City, including the Office of the People's Committee, the Department of Education and Training, the Departments of Planning and Investment, Finance, Internal Affairs, Foreign Affairs, the Cadre Training Academy, Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, Institute of Development Studies, University of Economics; University of Saigon, Ton Duc Thang University.

According to the Proposal, the University will focus on economic training and will allow third year students to take different professional directions including management and finance. Lecturers of the Saigon School of Economics, Management and Finance are members of the International Society of Viet Nam Economists (ISVE) who will teach 135 hours per year with an average salary of $ 2,000 per month. The salaries of the Rector and Vice Rector are between $ 6,000 and $ 8000 per month. The University has two 3-year undergraduate programs with a tuition fee of about $ 3500 per year and a 2-year Master's degree with a total fee of $ 100,000.

According to Prof. Le Van Cuong, the objective of the project is to establish a high quality international university both in training and scientific research, thereby contributing to the progress of good quality human resources, providing financial and economic specialists for Vietnamese economy as well as for the public administration education and training. The School is expected to rank in top 200 schools in the world in the next 15 to 20 years.

Representatives of the departments and universities were very keen on Professor Le Van Cuong’s Project which perfectly suits the current educational situation. In addition, Representatives from Departments and Universities also suggested that Professor Cuong should consider the possibilities of establishing a Faculty or an Institute under the City’s University as at present, the procedure for starting a new university is very difficult and time consuming.

Mr. Le Thanh Liem, Standing Vice Chairman of the City People's Committee appreciated the enthusiasm and efforts of Professor Cuong and his colleagues in preparing the Project. This great idea from the overseas Vietnamese community very much needs the contributions and support of the relating Departments and the Universities to be materialized. Having that said, the City's leaders are very interested in Professor Cuong's Proposal, considering it as a practical way in implementing 7 breakthrough programs of the City for the 2016-2020 period, specifically the improvement of human resources quality.



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