Head of Vietnam university accused of misusing over $1 mln

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State inspectors have suggested clarifying the duties of Vietnam National University Director Phan Thanh Binh in carrying out a project, amid allegations he oversaw the misuse of over US$1.15 million in funds.

The project aimed to build a national university village with six satellite campuses of Vietnam National University-HCMC, several research centers, as well as student and teacher dormitories.

The project broke ground nearly ten years ago, but only about 30 percent of the work has been completed.

Officials from the State Inspectorate and the State Audit of Vietnam found inappropriate spending of more than VND24 billion of the project's investment, Tuoi Tre reported Wednesday.

They found the project's manager also wasted money by failing to furnish complete parts of the construction so they could be put to use.

Land management at the project's area of more than 640 hectares, mostly in Binh Duong Province, was ineffective, leading locals to encroach on land and contractors transferring it illegally, according to the inspection's findings.

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