Professor Joan Farrer discusses future collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture in Vietnam

Professor Joan Farrer, Associate Dean of Enterprise and Innovation and Professor of Design and Innovation, travelled to Vietnam in July 2016 for ‘The Producing Fashion: Made in Vietnam fashion colloquia‘.

“The Producing Fashion: Made in Vietnam fashion colloquia in Ho Chi Minh City is a gathering of new entrepreneurs, local practitioners, government agencies, artists, craftspeople, academia postgraduates, researchers and others who will explore how fashion is produced and consumed and will draw attention to practices of manufacture and entrepreneurship.

Over the last 25 years, the global distribution of production for clothing, textiles and footwear industries has shifted considerably, with new making economies emerging. We invite conversations and presentations about making economies such as Vietnam, and are seeking different perspectives from local and global networks.” You can read more about the event here.

During her travels, Joan met with some of the senior staff including TS.KS Chung Charity – Vice Rector, TS.KTS Truong Thanh Hai – Director of the Center for International Education, and Dr. Ngo Thi Thu Trang – Dean of Industrial Art from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture on Monday 4th July. Joan with the purpose of introducing the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries and the School of Architecture, and to explore potential areas of collaboration.

The HCMC University of Architecture, which is one of the most prestigious in the country, welcomed Joan to discuss possible collaborations between both Universities. The representatives from both Universities presented an overview of the history and current courses in every School, TS.KTS Truong Thanh Hai also presented an overview of the curriculum of their School of Architecture. Joan shared and analysed the similarities between the curriculum of both Architecture Schools, discussing the links in teaching cooperation and the possibility of student exchange between the University of Portsmouth and the University of Ho Chi Minh. TS.KS Chung Charity noted the comments and welcomed the exchange of cooperation between the two Schools. The two sides discussed the details of cooperation and agreed to keep in touch and coordinate promotion, creating the best conditions for the implementation of the two School links.

Feature image courtesy of Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture.

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