OMU News

Mar 6, 2024

Special event celebrates decades of exchanges with Vietnam

OMU hosted a “Vietnam Day” event at the Abeno Harukas skyscraper in Tennoji on February 21, 2024.


Formally called “Osaka Metropolitan University–Vietnam Exchanges from Past to Present,” the event was co-organized by the Consulate-General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Osaka to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Vietnam.


Before the merger of Osaka City University and Osaka Prefecture University to create OMU in April 2022, the two universities and Vietnam had deepened academic and personal exchanges in various fields, such as medicine and the environment. This event was an opportunity to look back on past exchanges while looking forward to the further expansion and development of cooperative relations.


Approximately 180 people attended the event, including OMU faculty and staff, Vietnamese students, and researchers who have relations with Vietnamese universities and research institutions as well as companies and medical professionals with ties to Vietnam.


After some welcome speeches, a joint ceremony took place to commemorate the signing of new agreements between OMU and the People’s Committee of Bac Giang Province, Vin University, and Vietnam National University, Hanoi, with the presence of OMU President Masahiro Tatsumisago.

From left: People’s Committee of Bac Giang Province Vice Chairman Mai Son and OMU President Tatsumisago

From left: Vin University Vice Dean of Medical Education Phuoc Van Le and OMU President Tatsumisago


From left: Consul General of Vietnam in Osaka Mr. Ngo Trinh Ha; Dr. Mai Son; H.E. Pham Quang Hieu, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; Professor Phuoc Van Le; Consul General of the Consulate General of Vietnam in Fukuoka Mrs. Vu Chi Mai; and OMU President Tatsumisago


A lecture session followed, led off by Vietnam Ambassador Pham Quang Hieu, who spoke about “50 Years of Vietnam and Japan and Future Prospects — Expectations for OMU.” Then Dr. Ta Thanh Van, President of Hanoi Medical University, gave a talk titled “My life as a scientist.” They were followed by OMU Vice President in charge of International Affairs Makoto Tsubota and Visiting Professor Yasuaki Maeda, who is a Professor Emeritus of Osaka Prefecture University.


H.E. Pham Quang Hieu


Vice President Tsubota


Dr. Ta Thanh Van


Visiting Professor Maeda


Later, Graduate School of Medicine Dean Norifumi Kawada received a certificate of merit from Ambassador Pham Quang Hieu for his contributions to the promotion of friendship and goodwill between Vietnam and Japan.



After some remarks from Dean Kawada, the evening concluded with a networking session. The atmosphere was friendly throughout, and everybody had a great time, with the Vietnamese faculty, staff, and students also presenting a music performance.


Vietnam Day was an excellent opportunity for OMU and Vietnam to reaffirm the research and other exchange achievements and mutual contributions they have made. OMU is working to further strengthen relations and expand exchanges.

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