To strengthen the comprehensive cooperation in the field of transportation between the countries alongside the Lancang-Mekong River Basin and DMU, DMU Vice-President Liu Zhengjiang led a delegation to visit relevant universities, colleges and institutions in Laos, Thailand and Myanmar from 23 to 30 March.
During the visit, Liu introduced the status quo of DMU, including its international cooperation and Double First-Class construction. He emphasized that the visit was for serving the Belt & Road Initiative, enhancing mutual understanding and promoting cooperation in transportation programs and talent cultivating. Besides, Liu gave an introduction of DMU’s enrollment and training of international students from Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. He expressed the willingness to continually train qualified staffs in the field of transport for the three countries and sincerely invited their faculty to attend DMU’s 110th Anniversary Celebration.
From March 23 to 25, the delegation visited the Department of Waterways, Ministry of Public Work and Transport, Lao PDR, the Department of Student Affairs, Ministry of Education and Sports, Laos, and the National University of Laos. Mr. Houngla Sengmuang, Director General of the Department of Waterways, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Lao PDR, introduced the management of the Mekong River Basin in Lao, particularly pointing out its lack of professional management personnel, and hoped that more Lao staff could go to DMU to further studies. According to Prof. Dr. Khamlusa Nouansavanh, Director General of the Department of Student Affairs, Ministry of Education and Sports, Lao PDR, there are only four national universities in Lao, and it is far from enough to meet the national need for talents. Therefore, he hoped to establish a long-term cooperation mechanism with DMU under which outstanding students can be exchanged to DMU with Chinese Government Scholarship.Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phout Simmalavong, Vice-President of the National University of Laos, introduced the university and wished to cooperate with DMU in faculty and student exchange.
From March 26 to 28, the delegation visited Kasetsart University, Burapha University and Asian Maritime Technological College, and visited the port and VTS. Asst. Prof. Suphattharachai Chomphan, assistant to the president for administration and education at Kasetsart University, reviewed the cooperation with DMU since signing an MoU in 2015, and hoped to expand cooperation in the future. The two parties reached an agreement on the inter-university student exchange project, which would be formally implemented after its signing. Burapha University is a comprehensive university, and the programs in its Logistics School are similar to those of DMU. Both universities reached an agreement and are about to sign the cooperation agreement. Asian Maritime Technological College expressed the hope to cooperate with DMU in faculty and student exchange, and signed the MoU.
From March 29 to 30, the delegation visited the Myanmar Maritime University and the Department of Marine Administration, Ministry of Transport & Communication, Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Dr. Myat Lwin, Rector of Myanmar Maritime University, reviewed these years’ communication and cooperation with DMU, and expressed his gratitude for DMU’s support, wishing to have all-dimensional cooperation with DMU. After the meeting, the two parties signed the MoU.
U Soe Naing, Deputy Director General (Technical) of the Department of Marine Administration, Ministry of Transport and Communications, expressed the gratitude for the opportunities offered by DMU for their staff (including himself) to further their studies, and showed the hope to strengthen the cooperation with DMU. During this visit, the delegation also visited Huayang (Myanmar) Marine Service Co., Ltd. and Singhai Marine Services (Yangon) Co., Ltd, and exchanged views on the recruitment and training of seafarers in Myanmar.