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UEL’s Legal Advice Centre plays host to high-level Vietnamese delegation

Students in stratford library

Visitors impressed with free law clinic service and the opportunities for work experience 

A delegation of Vietnamese government civil servants visited the University of East London (UEL) Legal Advice Centre as part of a fact-finding mission to the UK to further long-term cooperation between the two countries. 
 
The group, which included directors from Vietnam’s education, science and technology and vocational training central commissions, were met by Patrick Koroma, director of the Centre, and John Clifford, Associate Dean of UEL’s Royal Docks School of Business and Law.
 
They were given a tour of the University Square Stratford campus before an hour-long discussion about the free legal services and educational opportunities offered by the Centre. 

Between October 2015 and March 2016, 52 clients benefited from the Centre’s free legal clinic, which has been running since 2010. It also offers educational seminars for the public and opportunities for students to gain work experience.

The delegation also discussed higher education and social welfare systems in the UK and how they compared to Vietnam and the United States. 

Speaking at the end of the visit, Bui The Duc, Deputy Chairman of the Central Commission for Communication and Education and head of the delegation, thanked the UEL staff for an informative visit. 

“It feels like we are coming here at a very historic time following the Brexit vote, and we hope that we can build on the progress already made following David Cameron’s visit,” he said.

“I hope that this meeting, along with many more high-level meetings between the UK and Vietnam, will lead to ever great cooperation.”

Mr Clifford said the high-level visit showed UEL was continuing to develop its international reputation.

He said, “It’s an honour for the Centre to receive such a high-ranking delegation, and testament to the professional and much valued work we do. I’m confident they will take back some valuable insights going forward.”   

The visit came just over a year after former Prime Minister David Cameron became the first British prime minister to make an official visit to the south-east Asian country.