Dr. Wei (fifth from right) and officials from the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs

When the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs wanted to keep abreast of the latest international developments this summer, they turned to leading academic experts. Among them: Dr. Chunjuan Nancy Wei, an assistant professor at the University of Bridgeport (UB).

Professor Wei, who is chair of the International Political Economy and Diplomacy program at UB’s International College, in late June lectured on international relations for the visiting delegation of Vietnamese administrators. The delegation was organized and chosen by the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the members attended a five-week intensive training by American professors.

The first two weeks of briefings took place in Vietnam. Invited by Connecticut College’s Department of Government at New London, which manages the training program, professor Wei was part of the faculty who participated in the next three weeks of the program that was held at New London.The team briefed the visiting Vietnamese delegation on a variety of topics including Europe and the Eurozone, the Middle East, and China. Dr. Wei addressed Chinese foreign policy. Her lectures included a presentation on China’s financial and trade policy, with a focus on the internationalization of the yuan; the interrelationship among Cross-Taiwan Strait relations; China’s ASEAN Policy; and the South China Sea dispute, followed by question-and-answer sessions.

“We had lively discussions regarding China, Vietnam’s northern neighbor and long-time rival,” said Dr. Wei.
Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu