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Delegation in city to build links to Laos.

A GOVERNMENT delegation has visited Birmingham as part of a UK tour to strengthen relations with Laos.

Key Government ministers from the Laos People's Democratic Republic met with academics, researchers and students at Aston University.

The visit comes at the same time as the UK has announced plans to re-establish an embassy in Laos.

It also follows the signing of a 'memorandum of understanding' between Aston University and the National University of Laos for potential future collaborations.

Aston, which is made up of students from 120 different countries, is currently leading a UK delegation in developing a new research-led University in Vietnam, with 20 PhD scholars from the University of Da Nang set to undertake placements at Aston.

Prof Alison Halstead, Aston's pro vice chancellor for strategic academic developments, who recently visited Laos, said: "One of our key aims is to develop a research hub involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which will bring scientific, business and educational opportunities to this region and beyond.

"We look forward to working with the delegation on this and other collaborations."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
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Date:Feb 8, 2014
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