Speech by President Barroso: Tackling economic crises and global challenges through regional integration and international cooperation

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José Manuel Durão Barroso

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Speech by President Barroso: Tackling economic crises and global challenges through regional integration and international cooperation

Reception of the Doctor Honoris Causa, National Economics University

Hanoi, Vietnam, 25 August 2014

Deputy Minister, President, Professor Phạm Mạnh Hùng,

Vice Presidents, Professors Phan Công Nghĩa, Trần Thọ Đạt and Phạm Quang Trung,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Students and friends,

Let me start by thanking Deputy Minister of Education and Training of Vietnam and President of the National Economics University, Professor Phạm Mạnh Hùng, and Professors Phan Công Nghĩa, Trần Thọ Đạt and Phạm Quang Trung, Vice Presidents of the National Economics University.

I am grateful to receive this honorary doctorate not only from a leading university in Vietnam, but from one of the leading business schools in South East Asia;

Because, your university understands the importance of being forward thinking and outward looking, not least by working together with some of the best economic institutes in Europe, and taking advantage of the European Union’s increased opportunities under our Erasmus + and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programmes for students and researchers.

This is what international cooperation is all about.

Education, training and research are vital for successful development, but in the globalised world we live in, only by sharing our ideas, exchanging best practices, and engaging in cultural dialogue with our partners, can we hope to move forward, together.

So allow me to share with you today my thoughts on how we see the world today, how Europe has moved forward, ove