The number of Troy University Vietnamese graduates grew by one at Summer Commencement when the honorary Doctor of Laws degree was awarded to the chairman of the Vietnam National University’s University of Economics and Business.
Dr. Nguyen Truc Le, visiting the United States and his partner universities, said he was humbled by the award.
“Today, I am honored to accept this honorary doctorate from Troy University, a top-quality public university in Alabama. This recognition reflects TROY’s appreciation for the VNU-UEB leaders, educators, and me, and celebrates our two universities’ successful 20-year partnership in joint training programs for Vietnam’s students,” he said. “The recognition deeply aligns with my life’s work and contributions to law.”
Le lived, worked, and studied in England and Poland for 16 years, earning his doctorate in economics in 2006 at Kingston University in London. He completed a master’s degree in banking and finance at the University of Gdansk, Poland and was a financial advisor in the field of banking credits, working for the Poland Central Bank and Gdansk BIG Bank (now Deutsche Bank). He returned to Vietnam in 2007 and managed several investment funds and branch banks in the country. He routinely consults with the government of Vietnam and helped restructure state-owned and private economic groups along with consultant teams from KPMG and Ernst & Young.
He achieved the rank of Associate Professor at VNU-UEB in 2016 and became the school’s rector in 2017. He became University Chairman in 2023.
“Throughout my journey in management and academia, I’ve aimed to align Vietnam’s policies with international laws, focusing on areas like higher education, investment, business, and sustainable socio-economic development,” Le said. “My efforts towards environmental protection, improving education, enhancing our business environment, and advising the Vietnamese National Assembly have been recognized. I’m deeply grateful for this honor and remain committed to enhancing our society through legal and policy development.”
TROY was the first American university to award the baccalaureate degree in Vietnam, and has long standing ties with VNU-UEB, which offers TROY’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program and is AACSB accredited through the Sorrell College of Business. Currently there are more than 1,000 TROY students at partner universities in the southeast Asian country.
“The BSBA-TROY Program at UEB, with 20 years of collaboration, is arguably Vietnam’s most successful joint training initiative. Thousands of local and international students in Vietnam apply annually, with hundreds ultimately joining our esteemed ranks,” Le said.
“Our alumni, many of whom are CEOs or business owners, have greatly impacted Vietnam’s economy and society. Through this program, we’ve truly advanced VNU-UEB’s mission of supplying society with high-quality human resources, internationalizing our curriculum, and cultivating global citizens,” he added.