Vietnam and Italy have strengthened their cultural and educational relations over the last 10 years. Therefore a number of bilateral agreements in this field have been signed recently.

A new four-year cultural program is now being negotiated and will be most probably finalized by the end of 2002.The new program will replace and ameliorate the current one which is into effect since 1997. Among the areas of cooperation envisaged by the program it's worth mentioning the organization of Italian cultural events in Vietnam and Vietnamese cultural events in Italy. In this respect, the Italian Embassy in Hanoi devotes a substantial amount of its activities to the organization -in conjunction with the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture- of many cultural events taking place both in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Recently, an Italian promotional week called "sight, sound and flavor from Italy" took place in Hanoi at the end of May this year.

Moreover, an increasing effort is put for the development of several Italian language programs. A total of 13 all-inclusive scholarships are granted annually to Vietnamese scholars and/or students for completing their language programs in renowned academic centers in Italy.

Starting from the academic year 2002-2003 an increased number of courses will be run by the following institutions:

HANOI

Hanoi University of Foreign Studies (HUFS)
Km. 9, Nguyen Trai Road, Thanh Xuan
Tel. 04 8547453 - fax 8544550
(BA course opened to university students only)

(Evening courses opened to all interested people , organized by the Vietnam-Italy Friendship Association -105A Quan Thanh tel 04 8454547 fax 04 8432756)

HO CHI MINH CITY

University of social science and Humanities
10/12 Dinh Tien Hoang St, Dist. 1 HCMC
Tel. 08 8221904 - fax 08 8221903
(Two-year program for university students only)