On October 12th, 2023, the Secretariat of the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU), University of Saint Joseph (USJ) Macao, has approached the newly established Catholic University of Vietnam (Học Viện Công Giáo Việt Nam) in a short meeting, during which, an invitation was extended to join the respected association, ASEACCU, as a means of reaffirming and strengthening their academic partnership and cultural exchange.
As a remarkable step, a USJ delegation formed by Vice-Rector, Professor Álvaro Barbosa, Professor Filipa Martins (Faculty of Arts and Humanities) and Ivy Uyen (Student Recruitment Officer in Vietnam), embarked on a significant visit to the Catholic University of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh, where they were warmly received by the Procurator General, Priest Giuse Tạ Huy Hoàng; Dean of Theology Department, Priest Antôn Nguyễn Cao Siêu and General Secretary, Priest Vinhsơn Nguyễn Cao Dũng.
Vice-Rector Barbosa embraced the occasion to present and share the insights into the ASEACCU’s purpose, vision and mission. The sharing of information and sharing of gifts reflected the two institutions and the Association’s culture of collaboration and goodwill.
The visit’s highlight was an in-depth discussion in which both academic institutions discussed the potential for intellectual exchange and cooperation. The conversations were characterised by zeal and a common goal of improving educational experiences for students, teachers, and the community. The visit concluded with a tour of the campus and its facilities, including the church, library, and classrooms.
In an exciting development, both parties unanimously agreed to move forward with discussions and work on integrating the Catholic University of Vietnam into ASEACCU, cementing their commitment to academic excellence, cultural understanding, and global cooperation.
This collaboration has the potential to open new doors in higher education by promoting international linkages and expanding the educational environment in Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities.
About the University of Saint Joseph (USJ):
The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in Macao is committed to offering high-quality, innovative education while encouraging cultural diversity, academic success, and a spirit of service. USJ is dedicated to forming meaningful collaborations with academic institutions across the world.
About the Catholic University of Vietnam:
Ho Chi Minh City’s Catholic University of Vietnam (Học Viện Công Giáo Việt Nam) is a prominent university committed to academic achievement, cultural enrichment, and spiritual growth. The institution is dedicated to developing well-rounded individuals with a solid education and belief foundation.
About the ASEACCU:
The Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) is a vibrant forum that fosters collaboration and mutual progress among the region’s Catholic educational institutions. The network of member institutions aims to promote academic achievement, intercultural understanding, and worldwide cooperation.