Vietnam, Brunei Strengthens Friendship through Cultural Exchange
The event was attended by more than 50 delegates, including lecturers, more than 20 students who are studying Vietnamese at the University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD), and representatives of the Vietnamese community in Brunei.
Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Brunei Tran Anh Vu emphasized that education and training is a potential field of cooperation between the two countries based on good bilateral relations and the studious spirit of Vietnamese and Bruneian people. The Ambassador highly appreciated the results achieved in educational cooperation and people-to-people exchanges between Vietnam and Brunei over the past time. The brightest point is that Vietnamese was taught at the UBD and the number of students registered is increasing.
|Delegates of the event.|
The Vietnamese Embassy in Brunei will continue to play the role of a bridge between the two nations and support cooperation activities between the UBD and the FPT University and other Vietnamese training and research institutions. The Embassy hopes that there are more and more Vietnamese students studying in Brunei and Brunei students studying in Vietnam in the upcoming time.
On behalf of the UBD, Deputy Director of the Language Center Liyana Putri Abd Ghani expressed her impression of being able to learn and discover the long-standing culture imbued with the national identity of Vietnam. Liyana said that the UBD has focused on developing the Vietnamese language, affirming that learning Vietnamese would not only help students gain more cultural knowledge, and have more job opportunities but also contribute to the cultural exchange activities between the two countries. Liyana highly appreciated the program "Discovering Vietnam: Hue Royal Culinary Arts" for providing useful information, and greatly supporting the Vietnamese language learning of UBD students.
Within the framework of the program, the Embassy introduced to the participants about Hue royal culinary art, whose highlight is the spring rolls dish cooked and introduced by chef Tran Duc Long, a national artisan and member of the Vietnam Royal Chef Association.
|Chef Tran Duc Long guides UBD students to prepare Vietnamese cuisine.|
The UBD’s lecturers and students had the opportunity to experience the preparation and decoration of dishes, thereby appreciating the art of presentation and the unique taste of Hue royal cuisine. Besides, the participants were introduced to the unique cultural values of Vietnam through items such as the Ngo Mon models, five-flap long dresses, and carp lanterns.
Sharing their feelings at the event, many UBD students said that they are very interested in learning Vietnamese and learning about Vietnamese culture. They look forward to having the opportunity to shortly visit Vietnam.
According to Dr. Tran Trong Nghia, lecturer at Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, a lecturer in Vietnamese at the UBD, and a member of the Community Liaison Committee in Brunei, Vietnamese is the only foreign language in Southeast Asia taught at the UBD and for three semesters so far. Movers, the enrollment is increasing, from 12 students in the first semester to 90 students in the 2023 course.
|Ambassador Tran Anh Vu presented a souvenir gift to Liyana Putri Abd Ghani, Deputy Director of the Language Center, UBD.|
Dr. Tran Trong Nghia said that it is an interesting and practical event because it creates connections, and motivation to learn and experience Vietnamese culture for Bruneian students. According to Nghia, the cuisine is Vietnam's strength, and Hue cuisine is even more special because of the convergence of cultural quintessence and easy-to-impress international friends. He hoped that the Embassy would continue to pay attention to promote cooperation with the UBD, develop the establishment of Vietnamese cultural corners at universities in Brunei, and encourage Bruneian students to study in Vietnam.
The UBD was established in 1985 as the leading prestigious educational institution in Brunei. The university is placed 75th in the Quacquarelli Symonds Asian University Rankings and 22nd among new universities established within the last 50 years.
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