SMU Provost Prof Timothy Clark and VIETSTAR CEO, Ms. Pham Thi Thu Hang, holding up the signed MOU. Also present at the event is Mr Eddie Tritton, Executive Director of SMU Executive Development
Taking place on February 25, 2022 in Singapore, the MOU signing signaled the commitment of both partners to focus on improving the management capabilities of Vietnam’s leaders and managers, share best practices in corporate governance and digital transformation, and promote cooperation between Vietnam and Singapore through the co-organising of the Vietnam-Singapore Board Forum (VSBF). The awarding of the MOU took place in the presence of Vietnam’s President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, as well as senior leaders of Vietnam and Singapore.
Ms. Pham Thi Thu Hang, CEO of Vietstar, said, “We sign this partnership MOU with the desire of enhancing management capabilities of Vietnamese managers and leaders in the international arena and building a bridge for corporate leaders of the two countries to share management experience which is the cornerstone to maintain growth, create value, and tighten the good relationship between the two countries.”
“We have long-lasting partnerships with major universities in the world and more than a decade of experience in consulting and training for large corporations and enterprises in Vietnam. We believe that the partnership signing with SMU, Asia’s leading university known for its difference in teaching methods and techniques, will contribute to supporting Vietnamese enterprises in management capability enhancement, digital transformation and sustainable development,” emphasised Ms. Pham Thi Thu Hang.
The MOU cooperation ceremony between VIETSTAR and SMU was held on February 25 in Singapore in the presence of the two countries’ senior leaders
Singapore is one of three major investors in Vietnam. Trade turnover between the two countries has significantly increased, especially Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIPs) symbolizing the economic cooperation of the two countries are successfully operating in Vietnam. Data from Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment revealed that Singapore was among 106 countries and territories investing in Vietnam in 2021 and led with USD 10.7 billion, accounting for 34.4% of total foreign direct investment (FDI) in Vietnam.
With the signing of the MOU, both partners in the year ahead will focus on launching Corporate Governance and Digital Transformation executive programs for Vietnam’s energy industry leaders. In addition, both entities will collaborate to co-organize the Vietnam – Singapore Board Forum. The event promises to focus on global strategies related to sustainable development, including a deep dive into Vietnam’s policies for collaboration with the region and the world and incorporating sustainability into the core strategy and business operations of enterprises.
“SMU is pleased to partner VIETSTAR in building holistic and multidisciplinary programs for senior executives and leaders in Vietnam. We are confident that program participants will appreciate the distinctive benefits of SMU’s practice-driven approach to teaching, industry linkages, and facilitation of networking opportunities. With our faculty experience and track record in delivering an engaging curriculum, senior executives will be equipped with new knowledge to tackle unforeseen challenges in a fluid and ever-changing world,” said SMU Provost, Professor Timothy Clark.