On Monday 27 March 2023, a delegation from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam headed by His Excellency Mr Thái Xuân Dũng paid a visit to the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (JU). They discussed mutual cooperation and its expansion together with representatives of USB and USB faculties. At the meeting, a book on the basics of European law for Vietnamese students, which was created at the USB Faculty of Economics, was also christened.
The delegation was welcomed by Prof. Bohumil Jiroušek, PhD, USB Rector together with the Vice-Rector for International Relations, doc. PaedDr. Radka Závodská, Ph.D., and Ing. Jiřina Valentová, USB Bursar. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the management of the faculties, which are already cooperating more intensively with Vietnam, and the authors of the book 'INTRODUCTION TO THE EU LAW' JUDr. Rudolf Hrubý, Chairman of the USB Academic Senate, together with Ing. Martina Krásnicka, Ph.D., LL.M.
The opening presentation of USB was made by Vice-Rector Závodská, who also described the current cooperation of USB with Vietnam in the field of science and research, as well as mutual mobilities with Vietnamese universities. This intensive cooperation takes place mainly within the Faculty of Economics, the Faculty of Fisheries and Water Protection, and also, for example, at the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Technology.
Doc. Ing. Vladimír Žlábek, Ph.D., Director of the South Bohemian Research Centre of Aquaculture and Biodiversity of Hydrocenoses and Vice-Dean for International Affairs of the USB Faculty of Fisheries and Water Protection, in addition to the cooperation in Erasmus+ credit mobility and the success of Vietnamese graduates of the faculty, highlighted the successful projects of the faculty in the field of applied research, which were also supported by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic. RNDr. Zuzana Dvořáková Líšková, Ph.D., mentioned the potential of cooperation in the field of circular economy and bioeconomy.
JUDr. Rudolf Hrubý then introduced the delegation to the new English-Vietnamese book 'INTRODUCTION TO THE EU LAW', on which he and other authors (Ing. Martina Krásnicka, Ph.D., LL.M., and Phan Đạo, MSc., Ph.D., Director of the Centre for European Cooperation, who is also based at Tôn Đức Thắng University in Hồ Chí Minh City). This book will be used as a textbook for teaching European law in Vietnam as well as for teaching European law at JU. The aim of the publication is to introduce the EU and specific principles of European law to Vietnamese students and future managers in Vietnam. The authors believe that this book will contribute to even greater cooperation between the two regions in the future, not only on an academic and economic level but also on a human level. Dr. Hrubý recalled that one of the parts of the book is also devoted to direct economic cooperation with the Czech Republic.
H.E. Thái Xuân Dũng expressed his conviction that the cooperation between the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Czech Republic will not only continue but develop intensively. According to him, the new cooperation agreement between the two countries, which has already been mutually agreed in content and will be signed in the near future, will certainly contribute to this. This agreement will also facilitate better cooperation between the universities. The Ambassador highlighted the importance of the fishing industry for Vietnam and the export of its products to the EU. He thanked the authors of the book very much and stated that it will certainly help not only Vietnamese university students but also business entities to have a better understanding of EU law. He sees growing potential in the cooperation with the USB and promised USB representatives his future assistance and involvement in specific projects.
At the end of the joint meeting, H.E. Thái Xuân Dũng christened a new book together with the authors. In the afternoon, together with the representatives of the USB management, he also visited the Mayor of the Statutory City of České Budějovice doc. Dr. Ing. Dagmar Škodová Parmová.
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