It was our honor to welcome the presence of H.E. Ms. Tredene Dobson, the Ambassador of New Zealand to Vietnam and the Vice President of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Assoc. Prof. Hoang Anh Tuan at the ceremony. The event was also joined by representatives of the Board of Management from both institutions, lecturers, and all students of the Joint Training Program.
In the opening speech, Assoc. Prof. Hoang Anh Tuan sent his congratulations to the freshmen of Intake 14 and reviewed the 10-year journey of the program. Mr. Hoang Anh Tuan shared that throughout 10 years of operation, despite having to face various challenges, the Joint Training Program between the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and Victoria University of Wellington had managed to achieve great successes and was proud to become one of the most prestigious programs in Vietnam. The Vice President expressed sincere gratitude towards the partner of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Victoria University of Wellington, and emphasized that harmonious cooperation between the board of management and lecturers from both institutions was the key element to their success.
Assoc. Prof. Hoang Anh Tuan was also pleased to welcome back the former students of the Joint Training Program at the ceremony. He believes that their achievements were the most concrete evidence affirming the quality of the program.
So far, 135 students have transferred from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam to Victoria University, including 2 who made it onto the Dean’s list for Academic Achievement and 12 who received the scholarship of Victoria University offered for outstanding students of the program. Students graduating from the Joint Training Program are equipped with knowledge and skills for the competitive labor market and have diverse job opportunities. Many of them now work in Governmental Agencies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Planning and Investment, and international organizations like UN, NGOs, and other foreign and private enterprises.
The guests at the ceremony had the opportunity to listen to H.E. Ms. Tredene Dobson’s thoughts on the success of the program. The Ambassador of New Zealand congratulated the efforts of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and Victoria University of Wellington, and expressed that she looked forward to seeing generations of students graduating from the Joint Training Program become global thinkers and potential diplomats in the future.
The teachers from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and Victoria University of Wellington and the program’s alumni continued the ceremony by sharing their experiences participating in the program and giving some advice for the freshmen. As the first generation of students to experience the Academy’s new facilities as well as the best training quality up to now, the students of Intake 14 are expected to extend the success of the program. The freshman representative of intake 14 spoke on behalf of their classmates and expressed their gratitude towards the teachers and coordinators of the program for having created favorable conditions for them to study, develop themselves, improve their knowledge and skills, and follow their dreams.
The Academy also organized awards for students of Intake 13 and 14 who performed excellently based on their academic results and entrance examination.
In addition, the alumni and students' performances brought relaxing moments to the attendees and contributed significantly to the success of the ceremony.
The Celebration of the 10th Anniversary & the Opening Ceremony of Intake 14 of the Joint Training Program between the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and Victoria University of Wellington marked an important milestone in the partnership between the two universities, and affirmed the sustainable development and leading role of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in the training of citizens who possess a global, progressive mindset, a sense of responsibility, as well as the ability to serve the country and make positive contributions to society.