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RCSI signs MOU with Hanoi Medical University

27 May 2014

On Thursday 22nd May, RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) signed a memorandum of understanding with Hanoi Medical University (HMU) which will enable further collaboration between both institutions in both education and training in the health sciences. HMU is the oldest medical University in Vietnam and it is located in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

Pictured (l-r back row) is Prof. William Hall, Atlantic Philanthropies; Mr. Tran Nam Binh, Peapros Consulting, Vietnam; Prof. Nguyen Duc Hinh, President of HMU; Prof. Luu Ngoc Hoat, Vice President of HMU; Prof. Ciaran O'Boyle, Head of the RCSI Institute of Leadership; Dr Nguyen Van Huy, Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health; and (l-r front row) Ms Fiona Walsh, RCSI Enterprises; Dr Nguyen Thanh Minh, Deputy Director General of Vietnam International Education Development, Vietnam Government; Ms. Tran Phuong Mai, Enterprise Ireland, Vietnam; and Dr Bui My Hanh, Director, of the Centre for Development of Curriculum and Human Resource in Health.
This announcement follows a visit to RCSI by representatives of the Vietnamese Government and HMU in March of this year. The medical course in HMU is the leading programme in the country and one of the most prestigious medical programmes in the continent of Asia.

Over the past year Professor Ciaran O'Boyle and his colleagues in the RCSI Institute of Leadership have been collaborating with Hanoi to better understand HMU's faculty and student needs. Both institutions hope that this initial MOU will lead to a series of fruitful collaborations. RCSI is honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with one of Asia's most prominent health sciences institutions. Both RCSI and HMU would like to acknowledge the support of Atlantic Philanthropies and the Embassy of Ireland in Vietnam, both of which helped significantly in facilitating this partnership.

Founded in 1784, RCSI's mission is to develop healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide. RCSI is a not-for-profit health sciences organisation which focuses on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health worldwide. RCSI is headquartered in Dublin and is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland.