University of Hawaii, Shidler College of Business and Vietnam's largest bank sign multi-year partnership for training

Shidler College of Business is part of the $4 billion in business partnerships signed between Vietnam and U.S. organizations

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dolly Omiya, (808) 956-6902
Shidler College of Business
Posted: Jun 21, 2007

HONOLULU - The Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has signed a cooperative partnership for training with the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural
Development (VBARD). Representatives of the University signed the partnership agreement with Mr. Nguyen The Binh, CEO of VBARD. The signing ceremony was attended by the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyen Minh Triet, at the New York St. Regis Hotel on June 19, 2007. President Triet led a senior level government delegation to visit the United States from June 18 — 23. During his state visit, Vietnamese executives from over 100 companies will sign cooperative agreements valued at more than $4 billion.

This partnership is the first step in a projected long-term collaboration between the parties. Based on the success of the initial program between the College and VBARD, a multi-year and
multi-million dollar formal agreement for future programs will be developed.

VBARD, established in 1988, is the largest state-owned commercial bank in Vietnam. As the largest partner of international development projects with microfinance components (World Bank and Asian Development Bank), VBARD has total assets of US$2.7 billion, 5 million clients, 2,500 branches and over 30,000 employees.

The Shidler College of Business Executive Education Center will provide training in the following areas: human resources development, training and updating skills in international
payment, credit card management, treasury activities and investment management, and modern banking practices.

Shidler‘s Executive MBA is the first AACSB accredited degree program in Vietnam. It has been reported that graduates from the Vietnam Executive MBA program control about 25 percent of Vietnam‘s GDP. After seven years of successful operation in Hanoi, the Vietnam Executive MBA will be expanded to Ho Chi Minh City starting this Fall. For more information, visit

About the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa

Established in 1949 as the College of Business Administration, the College was named in 2006 after alumnus Jay H. Shidler, founder and managing partner of The Shidler Group. The Shidler College of Business is renowned for its expertise in international management education and is consistantly ranked among the nation's top 25 graduate schools for international business by U.S. News & World Report. Long recognized for its Asia-Pacific focus, the College is a professional school, offering a wide variety of degree, certificate and executive programs. The College places a strong emphasis on the development of management skills, entrepreneurship and the management of business information technology. The UH Shidler College of Business is the only graduate program in the State of Hawai'i accredited by AACSB International. For more information, visit

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