Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah carried out a signing formality to open an English language center in Vietnam on Friday, when he visited the country for a business forum.
The UBD-FPT Global Center was officially inaugurated in Da Nang City, the largest metropolitan hub in central Vietnam.
Located on the campus of the FPT University in Da Nang, the English language center is established under the collaboration between the Vietnamese FPT University and the University of Brunei Darussalam.
The center's opening ceremony was attended by the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, who was visiting Da Nang for the APEC 2017 business meeting.
Huynh Duc Tho, chairman of the Da Nang People's Committee, considered this newly founded language institution a milestone marking a close relation between Vietnam and Brunei, and Da Nang is proud to contribute to it.
The chairman also stated that Da Nang always welcomes international investors including those belonging to the ASEAN bloc and the 21 APEC member economies.
Da Nang is now an important social, cultural, and economic center in not only central Vietnam but the whole country.
Therefore, the city is in need of a new generation of skilled workers who are fluent in foreign languages, especially English.
The UBD-FPT Global Center is expected to provide excellent English training to people in the city, helping make more Vietnamese in Da Nang master the English language.
City officials have also promised to provide the best possible support to Bruneian instructors who come to Da Nang for teaching and to facilitate any other investments in the future.
According to the current contract, the University of Brunei Darussalam will send 13 language instructors to Da Nang who are in charge of developing the curricula and teaching methods while the Vietnamese FPT University will provide teaching facilities and be responsible for admission and enrollment.
According to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University Asia Rankings, the University of Brunei Darussalam places 105th among Asia's top 200 universities.
This year, the Brunei university ranks 37th globally in the QS ranking for universities founded less than 50 years ago.