A delegation from Dong Nai Province in Vietnam is touring Western New York, looking for information on agriculture in the Empire State, opportunities for Vietnamese students in East Coast schools and promoting investment and tourism in the Southeast Asian country.
Dong Nai is the food provider for Ho Chi Minh City, known to an American generation as Saigon. Speaking through interpreter Son Le, Provincial Vice Chairman Tran Van Vinh says he's interested in American higher education.
"One of the reasons is because New York State has a unique location, their infrastructure and all of these development incentives that allow businesses from Vietnam which wish to develop in the northeast region."
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was told most Vietnamese students go to college on the West Coast and there is a plan for diversification.
The delegation is back at Cornell University today looking for agricultural information. Niagara University President Father James Maher is in Vietnam talking about American higher education and potentially attracting Vietnamese students to Monteagle Ridge.