Promoting student’s cross-cultural understanding through participation in international exchange

From 20th May 2018 to 29th May 2018, the delegation from TNU-University of Economics and Business Administration (TUEBA) took part in the 4th South and Southeast Asia College Student Culture and Sport Week hosted by Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST), Kunming, Yunan Province, China. The culture and sports week was hosted annually on an extravagant scale and saw active participation from universities across South and Southeast Asia. More than 20 teams of nearly 400 staff and students from countries such as Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan and China’s Yunan province participated in the Men’s Soccer and Men’s and Women’s Volleyball games.

TUEBA had the privilege of being the one of the two universities from Vietnam to be invited to participate in the first international tournament in 2015. This year, TUEBA sent a delegation of 14 Men’s volleyball players and staff to participate in the tournament. TUEBA’s team, with strong determination and high spirit, played a series of seven games against teams from Thailand, India, China and KUST’s own home teams. Despite the fact that they were not strong team and unable to win the tournament, the resilience, determination, grit, true sportsmanship and friendliness shown by TUEBA’s team throughout the tournament was indeed remarkable.

KUST also organized a cultural event where the students were taken on a scenic tour of astoundingly beautiful Stone Forest, which is a spectacular set of limestone groups and the representative of south China’s karst landscape, located in Yunan province. The 270-million-year-old natural heritage site is breathtakingly beautiful and home to many legends and folklore, the most of popular of them being the legend of the beautiful Ashima who was turned into stone and whose memorabilia in the form of naturally formed rock sculpture stands witness to her legend.

The two-week event came to a grand conclusion with a vibrant and exuberant cultural program that saw participants performing various cultural acts representing their own country. TUEBA’s team put up a mesmerizing show entertaining the audience with a choir performance that inspired the networking and friendship of students from all participating universities.

This event actually provided a valuable opportunity for TUEBA students and international students to get to know each other, to interact and learn not only about sports but also cultural exchanges among China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Through the sport and culture week, the delegation from TUEBA enriched their cross-cultural understanding and promoted the international exchange program.

With new-found friendships, memories to cherish for a lifetime and a first-hand international exposure to TUEBA’s students, the team started its journey back home on the May 29th and also started their mission to promote student engagement in international exchange at TUEBA.