The agreement signing ceremony held on 20 Dec 2019 opened opportunities to develop working experience in the practical environment for students whose major is the Hospitality Management.
At the signing ceremony, there was the participation of Mr. Philip Beriman, General Director of Intercontinental Hotel Nha Trang. From NTU’s side, there were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Chi Cong - In charge of Tourism Faculty, Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngan - Director of External Cooperation Department as well as some lecturers and staff members.
The cooperation program between Nha Trang University and InterContinental Nha Trang in training and vocational guidance for students will include main activities such as: job experience, job application preparation, experience consultancy, organizing vocational guidance programs for students. Accordingly, InterContinental Nha Trang will organize a minimum 45-day training and internship program for students of Nha Trang University. Students will be working as official hotel staff members and will be assigned different tasks to develop their skills and experience.
InterContinental Nha Trang will also offer the training program on "Job application writing skills" and "Interview tips for the interviewer" for students during their internships there. With the form of one teacher - one group, Intercontinental Nha Trang also commits to organize a program on experience consultancy for students to help them develop their leadership skills, confidence, study capacity, awareness of career opportunities, and broaden their understanding of different working and living styles and cultures.
In addition, both sides will continue to consider further cooperation such as organizing practicing programs for lecturers, facilitating lecturers to update the latest knowledge about the hospitality industry,sending speakers to give talks about interested topics, creating opportunities for students to deeply know about the practical work at the hotel.
Intercontinental Nha Trang was named winner of “Vietnam’s Leading Luxury Hotel 2018” at the 25th annual World Travel Awards and also “Vietnam’s Leading Five-Star Hotel 2018” by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism. The hotel includes 279 luxurious rooms with 56 suites designed in a modern style. The InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand has more than 180 hotels located in more than 60 countries with over 60 years of vision and experience.
In order to cooperate in the fields of human resource training and service provision, Nha Trang University and Military Commercial Joint Stock Bank (MB Bank) signed a cooperation agreement on November 8, 2019.
There were the participation of Dr. Quach Hoai Nam, Vice Rector of Nha Trang University and Mr. Phung Thanh Cam - Deputy Director of Khanh Hoa Military Commercial Joint Stock Bank, together with representatives of related units. The two sides agreed to cooperate on training, financial supports for community activities and service provision.
MB Bank expressed their desire to cooperate with Nha Trang University.
Annually, Nha Trang University will facilitate for MB Bank to contact, interview, and recruit potential interns or graduates. MB Bank will send experts who are senior officers and manager to attend seminars held by NTU or train and supervise students to conduct their internship or graduation thesis.
MB Bank will sponsor 20,000,000 VND in one year for the operation of the specialized club "Banking and Finance - Accounting - Auditing" (AFC). Along with that, the Bank will accompany with Nha Trang University in organizing community activities, professional activities, skills training and supplementary activities to enhance the working capacity of students after graduation. Staff members and students of Nha Trang University will also have chances to know utility activities of card, products and services of MB Bank.
The two sides signed a cooperation agreement
Military Commercial Joint Stock Bank is an enterprise of the Vietnam People's Army under the Ministry of Defense. This agreement was signed to aim at strengthening cooperation, creating comprehensive cohesion between the University and businesses, seeking many resources to support students.
The sustainability of a nation must start from education. A good education is made by people. Vietnam’s former Prime Minister Pham Van Dong once said "Among noble jobs, teaching is the best", the teachers are those who carry the noble burden of responsibility, devoting their lives to grow a young ethical, talented and responsible generation which is the fundamental foundation for a prosperous country. Perhaps, the passion and nobility of the teaching career have motivated people of different skin colors and races to come to a faraway country and devote their enthusiasm to help young people in that country.
Hearts for Vietnam
In a touristic city like Nha Trang, thousands of visitors come and leave every day. However, there are people who keep coming back countless times for a special purpose. In their hearts, Vietnam is like the second hometown. That is the story of 4 foreign teachers at Nha Trang University. They are people from 4 different countries: Australia, Norway, Iceland, USA but all love Vietnam and have had many years sticking with Nha Trang University. In the mind of staff and students of NTU - who fortunately have had chance to work with the teachers, they will never forget the care and support they have received. Because of these great contributions, in August 2019, the Minister of Education and Training, Vietnam signed the Decision to award the medal "Vi su nghiep giao duc” to recognize their outstanding contribution to the development of Vietnam education to 4 foreign teachers: Ms. Bronwyn Gaye Driscoll from National Volunteer Organization Australia (AVI); Prof. Claire Armstrong from Tromso University, Norway; Dr. Tumi Tómasson from the Fisheries Training Program - University of United Nations, Iceland and Prof. Curtis Jolly from Auburn University, USA.
Prof. Claire and Prof. Jolly (first row, red costumes, the 2nd and 3rd from the left) in the Commencement Ceremony of the international master program (Norhed program)
13 years with NTU
Prof. Curtis Jolly has turned 73 this year. He has had 13 years with NTU from the early years of implementing the International Master's Program in Economics and Fisheries Management - NOMA-FAME - thanks to the Norwegian governmental funding. He was one of the founders of the program, as well as participated in the teaching and tutoring dozens of NTU lecturers to complete the Master's program. In 2015, he continued to participate in many roles, and was a designer of the International Master's Program in Marine Ecosystem Management and Climate Change - a program of the NORHED project funded by the Norwegian Government. He also helped guide 4 lecturers to complete the PhD program, and co-worked with other lecturers to successfully publish 03 international monographs and 11 international articles. The professor shared research reports at seminars on sustainable development of marine resources, fisheries value chains, improving management capacity for farmers, etc. Currently, he keeps cooperating with NTU to carry out many joint training and research projects.
Prof. Curtis Jolly (in vest in the middle) with the Norhed international students (Cohort 2) in the Commencement Ceremony
A dedicated professor
Prof. Claire Armstrong started working with NTU from projects funded by the Norwegian Government. She has participated in developing, teaching and supervising Vietnamese and international students in all three cohorts of the International Master's Program in Marine Ecosystem Management and Climate Change. In the cohort 3, she guided a Namibian student to successfully defend a master's thesis with the highest score of the program so far. Sharing about her, the student said “Prof Claire has a wonderful interpersonal and communication skills. She was very helpful and supported me throughout the course of my thesis writing. Her uncommon scientific knowledge, despite her busy schedule, provided timely feedbacks and correction to my thesis, making it a useful library and reference material. She really showed us (students) continuous support in our master study and research, she is patient, enthusiastic, and very exemplary when it comes to the immense knowledge in science-work. I could not have imagined having a better advisor and mentor for my master study”. The project “Incorporating climate change into ecosystem approaches to fisheries and aquaculture management in Sri Lanka and Vietnam” in which she is the coordinator from Norwegian side, supervising NTU lecturers in doctoral and postdoctoral research programs. Prof. Claire is also the co-author of 4 international papers with NTU lecturers.
Prof. Claire is giving a speech in the Commencement Ceremony of Norhed students (Cohort 2)
A silent contributor
31 is the number of scholarships for short-term, doctoral and master’s programs that Dr. Tumi Tomasson has mobilized to grant to the University's lecturers and staff, not to mention the times he made available sponsorships for faculties to carry out field surveys, participate in international conferences, and organize short-term training courses and symposiums ... Sharing about Dr. Tumi, Dr. Mai Thi Tuyet Nga - Deputy Head of Faculty of Food Technology said “Tumi is a very happy and optimistic person. He has a special affection for Vietnam in general and our University in particular, so he facilitated training for lecturers. Dr. Tumi also actively connected organizations inside and outside Iceland to cooperate with the University and the Faculty, support staff to participate in projects, and help the Faculty successfully collaborate with an Iceland company to co-organizing training courses for Vietnamese pangasius businesses”. She recalled her most memorable memories with him when she was interviewed for a training course in Iceland “At that time, my child was just an infant and he seriously cared about that. He asked if my leaving might affect my child, and if I have someone help me take care of the baby. I felt that he is such a kind and caring person.”
Dr. Tumi – the representative of United Nations University, signed a MoU with NTU
8 years and 3 times back
Unlike the three other lecturers who have had long time working in educational environment, Ms. Bronwyn, who we call Bronnie is an Australian volunteer. She joined the Australian Volunteers International (AVI) and came to Vietnam to work as a volunteer English teacher at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, NTU. NTU usually has foreign teachers come to teach English for some periods at the University to improve students’ language proficiency. When Ms. Bronnie’s first volunteer period ended, she and her husband returned to Australia. However, her love for Vietnam and her desire for helping students urged her to return to Vietnam, continuing to work as a volunteer teacher. She lives in the city and walks to the University daily to teach English and English for tourism subjects, as well as co-organizing extracurricular activities for students. She helped connect with St John Ambulance Australia to train first aid for free for 800 students of the Faculty of Foreign Languages. With her tall, willowy figure, vivacious personality, playful voice, she is students’ favorite. “Ms. Bronnie is the most effective and active volunteer teacher that the Faculty has ever had” said Dr. Vo Nguyen Hong Lam, Head of the Faculty of Foreign Languages.
Ms. Bronnie is in an English class with students
On the occasion of the 37th anniversary of Vietnamese Teachers' Day - November 20, 2019, the noble medals “Vi su nghiep giao duc” will be officially awarded to 4 foreign teachers. Due to distance and time, it is not possible to have the presence of all 4 teachers. The awards and recognition will be announced to all NTU leaders, faculties, and students on this day so we all knowabout passionate and dedicated teachers who tirelessly devote their talents and enthusiasm to share knowledge and evoke dreams for young people who live in a country on the other side of the hemisphere.
Within the framework of the cooperation between Southern Cross University (SCU) from Australia and NTU, from October 31 to November 11, 2016, ten students from SCU attended some short courses organized by NTU.