Welcome to Vietnam! ^^
How exciting to know that our journey will start very soon! And this time tomorrow some of you will have already arrived in Hanoi. On this very first entry, we would like to firstly send you the warmest welcome to Hanoi – Vietnam and secondly, we want to take this opportunity to initiate an online “get – to – know –all” activity from which GIEU participants will get some information about one another. Before moving to the detailed introduction from the Vietnamese side, we would like to briefly introduce you to Hanoi University in general and the Faculty of International Studies in particular.
Hanoi University (HANU for short), formerly Hanoi University of Foreign Studies was established in 1959 and located at Nguyen Trai road, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi (about 10 kilometers away from the city center). The Hanoi University of Foreign Studies as in its name provided only courses on foreign languages and foreign languages teaching. However since September 15, 2006 the name of the university was changed to its current name: HANU. Significantly, from that time on, the university has opened new educational programs namely Accounting, Finance and Banking, Computer Science, Tourism, Business Administration and International Studies. The special thing of those programs is that students will study them in English. Thus, it can be said that entering Hanoi University, students who choose the specialized programs get dual benefits: both good English competency (we actually after our first year get an IELTS certificate from the university) and specialized knowledge.
Objectively speaking, HANU is not the number one university in Vietnam but students graduating from HANU are often remarked as active, flexible and possess good English skills and the rate of students who get employed after graduation is quite high in comparison with other universities in Hanoi. Also it is quite interesting to tell you that the female population at HANU outnumbers male one. About 90% of HANU students are girls and the rate is similar with regard to HANU staff :D
As you might already know, four of us are International Studies (IS) students among which 2 are from class IS 07 (Pham Trang and Huyen) while the other 2 are from class IS 08 (Hoang Trang and Huy Anh). Ah, this is just for fun, out of 54 students of class IS 07, there are only 3 boys, together with only 5 boys among 48 students of IS 08 :D. Some of you might be curious about our major. As a final year student who is almost done with the faculty, I just want to share with you my personal understanding of what IS is about. Basically, students will study about 2 main branches within IS namely Development and International relations. In Development, we study about poverty, environment, economics, etc. while in the latter, we study about international relations and Vietnam’s foreign relations. Students graduating from IS faculty work in various fields but the ideal job for us is to work for a non – governmental organization (NGO).
For more information on the university and the faculty, we would love to share with you more when we meet in person. Now, we will introduce ourselves to you all one by one :D
My favorite quote:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage and the strength to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr -
From left to right: Huy Anh, Huyen, Pham Trang and Hoang Trang
Modelling UN Summit - discussing about North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Program
Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity project in Ke Sat - Hai Duong province