Construction of a Longstanding Viet-Thai Friendship Through Seeds of Love

University of Foreign Languages – University of Da Nang has granted annual scholarships to its Thai Language majors, allowing them to partake in cultural exchange and internship programs in Thailand. This is an exceptional chance for them to explore Thai cultures and mingle with the generous Thai citizens. The students have the opportunity to set-up a strong diplomatic bond between Vietnam and Thailand for the long run.

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A working session took place in Da Nang on September 12th between the University of Foreign Languages – University of Da Nang and the delegation to the 2nd Vietnam-Thailand People’s Friendship Festival and the 12th Conference of Executive Committee of Vietnam-Thailand and Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association.

In his remarks, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Huu Phuc, Principal of the University of Foreign Languages – University of Da Nang, highlighted the university’s role in language education and cultural research. The university’s mission is to contribute to national development and international integration through language training, scientific research, international cooperation, cultural exchange, and student creativity. The university currently offers nine faculties and one group, including the Thai Language major with approximately 30 students per year.

Seeds to Build Long-standing Foundation for Viet-Thai Friendship
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Huu Phuc, Principal of the University of Foreign Languages – University of Da introduced the university and the Thai language faculty. (Photo: Nguyen Hai)

Throughout the years, the university has established strong partnerships with Thai universities and international organizations like TICA, Chulalongkorn University, Ubon Ratchathani University, Udon Thani Rajabhat University, and Nakhon University Ratchasima Rajabhat. Many students have participated in Thai internship and cultural exchange programs, providing valuable opportunities for them to experience Thai culture and interact with friendly Thai people.

Every year, students majoring in Thai Language receive scholarships from the University of Foreign Languages – University of Da Nang, the Royal Thai Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, and Thai corporations and businesses. Since the 2013-2014 school year, the Royal Thai Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City has awarded 123 scholarships to Thai Language students at the university.

The delegates discussed ways to enhance educational exchanges and cooperation between the University of Foreign Languages – University of Da Nang, other Vietnamese universities, and Thai universities, with the support of the Vietnam-Thailand Friendship Association and the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association.

Seeds to Build Long-standing Foundation for Viet-Thai Friendship
Delegation members discussed and listened to an introduction about the university’s Thai Language training activities. (Photo: Nguyen Hai)

Krit Kraichitti, former Thai Ambassador to Vietnam for the 2003-2006 term, expressed hope that Vietnamese students, upon returning from Thailand, would have opportunities to intern and work at Thai businesses in various provinces and cities of Vietnam. He suggested that the university emphasize training in history, ethnology, and language origins to enhance students’ understanding of the close relationship between Vietnam and Thailand.

The representative of TICA (Thai International Cooperation Agency under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand) requested specific information regarding future cooperation needs with Thai universities and sponsors. Other delegation members expressed interest in the Thai language training program, research projects on Thailand, and the university’s student output standards.

During the session, Associate Professor Dr. Tran Huu Phuc mentioned that Thai language students at the university have opportunities to intern at Thai businesses, with most securing jobs immediately after graduation. Additionally, students at the university learn two foreign languages, with many choosing Thai as their second foreign language. However, the Thai language department currently lacks sufficient lecturers to meet the demand, and the university requested assistance from TICA and the two Friendship Associations to connect and introduce Thai lecturers for further training and to improve the qualifications of their lecturers at Thai universities. They also proposed introducing undergraduate and graduate students in Thai language studies to recruitment opportunities and fulfilling the demand for Thai language training.

Seeds to Build Long-standing Foundation for Viet-Thai Friendship
Delegates posed for a group photo. (Photo: Nguyen Hai)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Huu Phuc proposed that TICA and the two Friendship Associations collaborate to organize seminars on Vietnamese and Thai studies, establish exchange programs between Thai and Vietnamese language and culture departments, and initiate joint research programs and projects on the languages and cultures of the two countries.

Representing the delegation, Nguyen Duy Hung, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam-Thailand Friendship Association, highly appreciated the university’s efforts in fostering “good seeds” for long-term friendship between Vietnam and Thailand. He emphasized that the university’s activities align with the priorities of the two Friendship Associations, which actively promote educational cooperation between Vietnam and Thailand. He affirmed the willingness of the two Associations to support the University of Foreign Languages – University of Da Nang in strengthening connections and exchanges with Thai universities, as these activities contribute to the long-term friendship between the two countries.

By: Thanh Luan