Opening of the Eastern International University (EIU) in Binh Duong
Classes began on October 4, 2011 for 720 first-year students at the
newly opened US$100 million Eastern International University (EIU) in
Binh Duong Province.
These students come from diverse backgrounds
from 63 of Vietnam’s provinces or centrally managed cities. Of the
total students, approximately 400 plan to study business
administration; 200 have opted for nursing and just over a 100 for
engineering and technical studies. Approximately Sixty-five
percent of students come from Binh Dương; 12 % from Ho Chi Minh City;
10% from neighboring provinces such as Bình Phuoc/Tay Ninh/Dong
Nai/Daklak/; and the rest from the provinces and cities all over the
EIU, built by the State-owned Becamex
IDC Corporation, the country's
largest infrastructure, industrial park developer and operator and a
large conglomerate with over 30 related subsidiaries, has the mission
of producing high-quality human resources to meet the country's
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan told the
inauguration ceremony which also included the Minister of Education
Pham Vu Luan and
current and former government officials incuding former President
Nguyen Minh Triet. The Deputy Prime Minister hailed the school's
modern application-oriented programs that are designed to meet
international standards set out by the global Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business and US-based Accreditation Board for
Engineering and Technology.
Deputy Prime Minister Nhan also noted that
by creating a more stimulating educational environment for the students
by partnershing with leading universities in the United States, United
Kingdom and other locations that EIU would continue to advance higher
learning in Vietnam. Finally, Nhan noted that by further
the management team and staff of EIU as was currently in process at the
University and increasing the branches taught in English, EIU would
further attract international students and better deal with human
resource training needs of business.s
(Picture top and right) EIU front gate and front area of the university
on 45 hectare piece of land - the most modern and meets highest
stardards for university.
above) Mr. Nguyen Van Hung, CEO of Becamex Corp. walks with Deputy
Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan, the Minister of Education Pham Vu
Luan and current and former government officials incuding former
President Nguyen Minh Triet to tour the university. Seen accompaning
the honorary guests on far right is Dr. Nguyan Van Phuc, President of
Eastern International University.
will not only be academically focused but with the assistance
of Becamex, which is Vietnam’s largest infrastructure, industrial park
developer and operator and a large real estate and related industries
conglomerate students will spend 40 percent of their time as interns
at some of the thousands of Vietnamese and foreign companies in the
province to get practical exposure.
After two years of study in Vietnam, students can continue their
studies at universities abroad. As a first step in this process,
is already investigating opening of a center at Portland State
University (PSU) in Portland, Oregon that would create opportunities
for future EIU students plus open opportunities for further training
for EIU professors and faculty. This same unit would also in the
future create opportunities for U.S. students to learn more about
Vietnamese history, culture and research and to participate in intern
and other opportunities in leadership, sustainability, public planning
and other specialty programs in which PSU is a U.S. University leader.
Enrollment in the years ahead is
expected to grow strongly. Until
2015 the university will mainly focus on three areas: business
administration, engineering and technology, and health science.
Dr Nguyen Van Phuc, its president, said the Centre of Foreign Languages
under the guidance of the British Council would enable all students to
achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 in English before graduation.
Twelve buildings with a combined space of nearly 70,000sq.m and 24
international standard laboratories have been opened in the first
phase. EIU has 120 lecturers, including 25 foreigners.
On the occasion of the inauguration, Becamex gave away scholarships
worth VND20 billion (US$952,000), including four full scholarships to
students who topped the entrance examinations.
the left) The honorary guests visit EIU's laboratories. Last
picture left: Mr. Nguyen Van Hung gave out scholarships to some of the
students, total worth US$952,000, including full scholarships to
students who topped the entrance exams.