TRAC Project Manager and KI Exchange Program Coordinator Witness the Signing Ceremony of ISTEP Project
9th December 2016 marks the Letter of Agreement's signing ceremony of ISTEP Project. The Agreement was signed by the leaders and representatives of four parties, FSH Research Group, HMU English Club, HMU Intensive Study and Scientific Research (ISSR) and ESL Community. The event announces an official collaboration and participation of the four parties in this innovative project, they had been working together since the initial meeting in the summer 2016 with several modules of the project.
The Signing Ceremony was witnessed by Dr. Mathias Larsson, manager of The Training and Research Academic Collaboration (TRAC) Project between Sweden and Vietnam, Ms. Karin Forslund, international coordinator in charge of outgoing exchange student from Karolinska Institutet and Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, Vice Head of Physiology Department at HMU and representative of Dinh Tien Hoang Institute of Medicine.
Representatives of four parties shared the vision and their responsibilities on the future of ISTEP.
Dr. Larsson gives valuable comments for the development of the project and suggest a valuable support from the TRAC website, where ISTEP is easily reached by Sweden students coming to Vietnam in the future and by that receive the earliest information. The impact and sustainability of ISTEP is stronger and very positive.
Dr. Mathias Larsson, manager of The Training and Research Academic Collaboration (TRAC) Project
According to Ms. Forslund, the exchange program between HMU and KI started 11 years ago through an exchange program called Linnaeus-Palme which funded both incoming student to KI and out. And when that program ended some years ago, unfortunately the outgoing students from KI were not abled to continue, but KI still receiving students from HMU, and the program is unbalanced. But she see many good signs from the ISTEP Project and when asked for the future of ISTEP and suggestions, she said: “I hope that I will go back to Sweden, I convince them that it’s a really good place to be (for KI students) because what I’m seeing is very impressive. All the work that you are doing with ISTEP, I think it’s fantastic. Because I think one of the obstacles the students have seen is mainly the language barrier, but I’m not sure that it is the problem anymore. And I have met staffs at the National Hospital of Pediatrics and also at Bach Mai and they have both been very positive to continue this exchange program. So I think it’s a very good sign.”
Ms. Karin Forslund, international coordinator in charge of outgoing exchange student from Karolinska Institutet
Ms. Huyen Anh, who established the initial steps for ISTEP, shared about her experienced in KI last year and her ideas to help foreign exchange students study better in Vietnam. The ISTEP Project has developed a lot since then, and hopefully with a lot of today’s support ISTEP will travel very far and contribute to the collaboration between Sweden and Vietnam.