Dr. Duleep Deosthale, NU vice president of International Relations; Dr. Debra Colley, NU executive vice president; Dr. Dao Ngoc Tien, FTU vice president, International/Research; the Rev. James Maher, C.M., NU president; Dr. Ho Ngoc, FTU dean of International Education; and Ly Tran, FTU manager of partnerships.

Niagara University strengthened its long tradition of educating international students on May 15, 2023, when the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara president, signed a memorandum of understanding extending a nearly decades-old partnership between Niagara and Foreign Trade University, one of Vietnam’s premier academic institutions.

The new five-year agreement will pave the way for between 30 and 40 undergraduate students from FTU to study at Niagara each year and for the growth of Niagara’s 2+2 undergraduate programs in the colleges of Business Administration and Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management. It also will facilitate opportunities for Niagara students to study at FTU’s campuses in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, and Quang Ninh, and to do internships in Vietnam, and for faculty and staff to participate in exchange programs.

The FTU delegation included Dr. Dao Ngoc Tien, vice president, International/Research; Dr. Ho Thuy Ngoc, dean of international education; Dr. Nguyen Xuan Minh, director of FTU’s Ho Chi Minh campus; and FTU staff members Tran Li and Thuy Nguyen. The group also visited Niagara University’s Vaughan, Ontario, site to discuss options for making its graduate programs available to FTU’s undergraduates. 

“This is the first memorandum of understanding that includes Lewiston and Vaughan with an international university partner,” said Dr. Duleep Deosthale, Niagara’s vice president of International Relations. “FTU is one of our most active partners, and we are looking forward to growth and greater mobility of students between our five campus locations in three countries.”

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