Vietnam's Ambassador to Visit U of G

January 30, 2009 - Campus Bulletin

The University of Guelph will host Vietnam's ambassador to Canada for three days of meetings exploring mutual interests. Ambassador Nguyen Duc Hung and his wife, Tran Thi Vinh, a historian currently working on a book on the history of Southeast Asia, will be in Guelph Feb. 2 to 4 to meet with U of G faculty, administration and students, particularly those with an interest in studying or doing research in Vietnam.

The visit is being organized by Prof. Gard Otis, Environmental Biology, who with help from a $1-million grant from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), oversees a project aimed at helping farmers in the poorest regions of Vietnam to use beekeeping as a key component of sustainable agricultural development.

In addition to meeting with faculty members as well as students in history, international development and veterinary medicine, the ambassador will address U of G’s International Development Society Feb. 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the MacKinnon Building Room 228.

He will give a presentation on Vietnam and some of the development issues facing the country, followed by a discussion with the audience. He will close his presentation with a short film about World Heritage Site HaLong Bay. His presentation is open to members of the University community and the public.

For more information, contact Prof. Gard Otis, Ext. 52478 or

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