Online anniversary conference 20 years of cooperation

Photo: Sören Baars, Student of UG „Impression from a semester abroad at ULIS in Hanoi“

In 2022 the University of Greifswald celebrated the 20th anniversary of the founding of the regional office in Hanoi and looks back on more than fifty years of successful cooperation with Vietnam. To celebrate this occasion, an online anniversary conference was held on Tuesday, 22 March 2022.

In 1968, the first Vietnamese students came to Germany and to Greifswald.  Since then, several generations of Vietnamese students have studied and completed their PhD studies in Greifswald. Numerous joint research projects have been carried out and new projects are in progress or are being planned. On 22 March 2002, the University of Greifswald founded a regional office in Hanoi, the Joint Education and Training Centre (JETC), which was initiated by Prof. Dr. Le Tran Binh, a UG Alumni. Today, the regional office is run by Dr. Le Thi Nguyen Binh, Prof. Binh's daughter.

Together we would like to look back on the past twenty years and look forward to the future. Alumni, academics and students will talk about their experience in Greifswald and Vietnam. Current projects will be presented and potential areas for new projects will be explored.

In a virtual meeting room researchers will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues from Greifswald and Vietnam and to find new cooperation partners for their exciting projects. If you would like to express your interest in a cooperation in advance, you are welcome to share your name, contact details, research field and perhaps some initial ideas via the "Find a partner" padlet.



Opening messages

Prof. Dr. Katharina Riedel, Rector of the University of Greifswald
Mrs. Dorthe G.A. Hartmann, Pro-Rector for Teaching, Teacher Training and Internationalisation, University of Greifswald
Prof. Hoang Anh Tuan, Rector of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (VNU USSH), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Ambassador Scientist
Assoc. Prof. Dr. habil. Vu Hoang Linh, Rector of Hanoi University of Science (VNU HUS)


Keynote “Joint Educational Training Center (JETC) - A Celebrating 20 Years Activity Summary – Achievements & Future Options“

Prof. Le Tran Binh et al.


Honouring Prof. Le Tran Binh and Assoc. Prof. Le Thi Lai: Awarding the Medal of Honour of the University of Greifswald

Prof. Dr. Katharina Riedel, Rector of the University of Greifswald
Music: Prof. Dr. Eva-Lotta Brakemeier, Raik Harder


A journey through time: reports of German and Vietnamese academics, students and alumni

Dr. Do Minh Si, Deputy Director General Nanogen
Dr. Nguyen Trung Nam, Vice Director IBT

Martin Kerntopf, PhD Student, Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research (IFZO), UG
Dr. Jörg Hartleib, Institute for Geography and Geology, UG
Sara Westphal, student of the University of Greifswald, presently on exchange at the University of Languages and International Studies (ULIS), Vietnam


Brief presentations of cooperation in research, teaching and student exchange between the University of Greifswald and Higher Education institutions in Vietnam

Dr. Alexander Drost, Scientific Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research (IFZO), UG
Prof. Dr. Margit Bussmann, Head of the Chair of International Relations and Regional Studies, UG
Prof. Dr. Markus Münzenberg, Institute of Physics, Interface and Surface Physics, UG
Cuong Hoang Manh, PhD student, Chair of Economic Growth, Structural Change, and Trade, UG
Quang Trung Tran, PhD student, Faculty of Medicine, winner of the DAAD-Prize 2021
Prof. Dr. Lam Quang Dong, Vice-rector and Dr. Le Tuyet Nga, Faculty of German Studies and Culture, VNU University of Languages and International Studies
Nadine Voigt and Dr. Carola Häntsch, International Office, UG: Cooperation programmes as part of Erasmus+ and Teaching Internationally


Networking opportunity at


Presentation of the film about the cooperation between Vietnam and Greifswald in the main meeting platform in Zoom

„Study in Greifswald with Vietnamese Traditions“


Panel discussion: Opportunities and challenges of academic cooperation between Vietnam and Germany

Prof. Margit Bussmann, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Arts, Head of the Chair of International Relations and Regional Studies, UG
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andreas W. Kuß, Institute of Genetics and Functional Genomics, UG
Mr. Stefan Hase-Bergen, Head of the DAAD Regional Office in Hanoi
Prof. Dr Pham Quang Minh, Professor of History and Politics at VNU USSH, former Rector
Dr. Stefan Seiberling, Head of the Reserach Support Centre, UG
Prof. Hoang Thi Minh Thao, Head of the Centre of Science and Technology, HUS, Alumni UG
Moderation: Dr. Alexander Drost