The signing of the MoU took place in the framework of a working visit to the US by a delegation of HCM City officials led by Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan.
Under the agreement, the two universities will enhance exchange of lecturers, scholars and managers in the fields of education and scientific research.
They will also work together on developing joint research programmes related to biomedical science and stem cell and seeking research funding from their Governments and private resources.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Director of the VNUHCM Huynh Thanh Dat stressed VNUHCM’s commitment to long-term collaboration with UCLA, expressing his hope that this will contribute to Vietnam’s education reform.
For his part, Professor Gene Block, Director of the UCLA said he believes the MoU will help promote more effective collaboration, especially in the fields of their common concern.
Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan expressed his hope for effective cooperation and support between the two universities in the mentioned fields.
He suggested the two sides consider partnership in researching the application of artificial intelligence (robot) in remote diagnosis of serious diseases, especially cancer.
The same day, Nhan and the HCN City delegation had a working session with representatives from McCain Institute under the Arizona State University (ASU), during which they agreed on a cooperation programme to help Ho Chi Minh City solve its traffic problems.