Swiss State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation visited Hanoi School of Public Health

The Swiss State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, Mr. Mauro Dell’Ambrogio and his delegation visited HSPH on June 12 2014

The State Secretary visited Hanoi School of Public Health on the 12th of June 2014. He was accompanied by a delegation of representatives from major Swiss universities of various scientific disciplines: ETH Zurich, EPFL Lausanne, University of Geneva, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

During the visit, the delegation discussed future collaborations between HSPH and Swiss partners, in particular with the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH). Both parties have recognized the importance of true research partnership and mutual leaning for changes in working together to address major public health challenges at the national, regional and global context. Other noted discussions focused on health and environment, food safety and demographic surveillance systems.

Since 2009, HSPH has collaborated with Swiss institutions, in particular the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH), in training and research with financial support from SDC and SNSF. The main output of this partnership is the establishment of the Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER) at HSPH. In addition, the collaboration with Switzerland has trained many MSc and PhD students and staff members of HSPH. To mark the commitment for future collaboration between HSPH and SwissTPH, Associate Prof Bui Thi Thu Ha – Dean of HSPH and Prof. Marcel Tanner – Director of SwissTPH signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between HSPH and SwissTPH with witness of Dr. Mauro Dell'Ambrogio and Prof. Nguyen Cong Khan - representative of Ministry of Health of Vietnam.

Prof. Marcel Tanner and Prof. Bui Thi Thu Ha sign the MOU between Swiss TPH and HSPH

Swiss delegation greeted by the HSPH leaders and staff

Finally the delegation visited the Public Health laboratories, Library and CENPHER.