FIPAD-er’s memorable field trip in Cao Bang province

09:00 10/06/2024

On June 8th and 9th 2024, under the leadership of Dr. Le Ngoc Han, Vice Dean of the Faculty of International Politics and Diplomacy, students majoring in International Relations, had a field trip to Cao Bang province. This trip is a part within the framework of the International Conflicts After the Cold War program. The group was honored to receive great hospitality from the Department of Foreign Affairs of Cao Bang province and other functional units.

As a province bordering China, Cao Bang is an ideal location for students to have direct access to information and hands-on experience of border-related work including communications, conflict management, and immigration activities serving tourism. Thanks to three locations, including the Pac Bo historical site, the Ban Gioc Waterfall tourist area, and the Ban Gioc border control station, the students had a chance to experience the real rustic life of President Ho Chi Minh after 30 challenging years leaving the home country to seek means for national independence. In addition, the group was informed about the operational activities of border management in Trung Khanh district and visited the border crossing point between Vietnam and China. Besides, they also offered incense to pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at the Pac Bo historical site with many profound emotions.

When expressing their thoughts on the trip, the students showed various emotions: touched when stepping into the narrow, damp Pac Bo cave, excited to stand next to border markers, amazed by the grandeur of Ban Gioc Waterfall, deeply moved by the song “Nho ve Ha Noi”, and lively dancing to songs about youth. Moreover, the trip was a special opportunity to connect with the network of former International Relations students of the Academy, as the group was warmly welcomed by at least four alumni who are currently working at the Department of Foreign Affairs of Cao Bang province. Setting aside the stress of exams, the students from the International Conflicts class had valuable experiences and unforgettable moments with their lecturers and friends.