Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) signed a collaboration agreement with FPT University (FPTU) to collaborate in the teaching of English Language at the UBD-FPT Global Centre in Da Nang on 21 July 2017. One of the UBD-FPT Global Centre's objectives is to be the leading English training centre in ASEAN and the set up of the Centre also helps this start-up city in its aim to be transformed into the first English speaking city in Viet Nam.
Signing on behalf of UBD was Datin Dr Dayang Hajah Anita Binurul binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz, Vice-Chancellor of UBD, while representing FPTU was FPTU's President, Dr Le Truong Tung. The signing ceremony was held at the UBD-FPT Global Centre, Massda Building, Da Nang, Vietnam.
The Collaboration Agreement formalises the setting up of the UBD-FPT Global Centre in Da Nang marking the first UBD campus outside of Brunei Darussalam. It is also the first overseas campus established in the region by an ASEAN university. It aims to be the main English language training facility in ASEAN, offering the opportunity for the Vietnamese community and international students to be trained and gain exposure to become marketable individuals. This would also have positive impact for UBD and the Sultanate in general.
13 UBD teachers and 2 professors have been posted in Da Nang to serve the UBD-FPT Global Centre. Since 2012, UBD and FPTU have had student exchanges between the two institutions. Students from UBD have carried out their Discovery Year, an experiential year out of the university, while UBD has also received students from FPTU for UBD's short term programme: Intensive English Proficiency Course (IEPC).
FPT University, a private university established by FPT Corporation the biggest info-technology company in Vietnam has more than 20 branches globally. The university currently has one campus in Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park, Hanoi and two others campuses in FPT City – Danang and Ho Chi Minh City. "We hope to share our innovative and effective English language teaching approaches that we have used very successfully with Bruneian and international students in UBD, so that Vietnamese students and international students at FPT will also benefit", said Dr Noor Azam OKMB Haji Othman, Director and Visiting Professor of UBD-FPT Global Centre.
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