On the morning of October 4, 2014 a solemn opening ceremony of the academic year 2014-2015 was held at the Lan Anh Music Center (District 10), Hoa Sen University.
Those present were the the University representatives including the Board of Presidents, the faculty teams, the staff, distinguished guests and friends; special guests present numbered more than 2,500 new students preparing to attend the learning and training process of the University.
A week earlier the University jubilantly organized a Welcome Week for Freshmen from September 29 to October 3, 2014 for their orientation and assistance to begin their integration into the University learning environment which is completely new to them. Many diverse activities were organized such as an introductory session at the beginning of the students’ course, their first lecture at the exchange program of the Hoa Sen Students’ Club conducted by Dr. Giap Van Duong.
New students greeted the new academic year
For the new academic year 2014 - 2015, Hoa Sen University officially welcomed 2,586 new students entering the Hoa Sen family, including 2,346 university undergraduate degree students, 172 college degree students and 68 in the transitional training program from college to university.
In her opening remarks for the 2014-2015 school year, Dr. Bui Tran Phuong, President of Hoa Sen University, congratulated the new students and expressed her thanks to the students’ parents for their trust in the University; at the same time she reminded the new students to make every effort to learn and strive hard throughout the learning process at the University.
Dr. Bui Tran Phuong – President of Hoa Sen University gave her speech at the opening ceremony of the new academic year
Although recently there has been some disturbing information that affected the University, the enrollment results for the academic year 2014-2015 indicated that Hoa Sen University overcame the turbulent times and all activities began in the right direction along with developments of the University. In the spirit of solidarity and the strong will of the faculties and staff, as well as the trust and support of society, it is certain that Hoa Sen University will continue to develop and become a University of Vietnam claiming its leading position in quality with international recognition in education, research and community service.
Dr. Bui Tran Phuong - Hoa Sen University President- beat the drum to welcome the new academic year
At the opening ceremony the Heads of Faculties and the Director of the General Education Program conveyed their greetings to all students and introduced the most significant education and training activities of their faculties to the new students. They also reminded them to make every effort to try their best in learning and practicing at the University in order to obtain the best professional opportunity in the future.
The Heads of the Faculties conveyed their greetings to the new students of 2014
Dr. Pham Quoc Loc- Head of the Faculty of Languages and Cultural Studies gave a speech, on behalf of four faculties
The opening ceremony of the new academic year was also an occasion for all the lecturers and staff of Hoa Sen University to listen to a meaningful and sincere sharing of information and advice from the business companies.
Mr. Ly Truong Chien – President of Tri Tri Corp; Senior specialist for strategic consultancy on Management and Business, Training & Human Development attended the opening ceremony and shared his experience on how to study at university with the students of Hoa Sen University
In this ceremony of the academic year 2014-2015, Hoa Sen University offered 107 scholarships amounting to roughly 6 billion VND to the candidates who received high test results in their university & college admission exams for 2014. This included candidates of different circumstances, including 20 talent scholarships, 14 scholarships for overcoming adversity and 73 study encouragement scholarships for the majors of College Design and Science Technology.
New students received scholarships
Compared with the academic year of 2013-2014, the number of students receiving scholarships almost tripled in terms of the number received the previous year; there were only 40 students then who received scholarships. The policy on scholarships for the academic year 2014-2015 once again confirms the Hoa Sen University motto of training and educational philosophy which is: always student-centered, for the sake of a new generation of students who desire knowledge, overcome difficulties and integrate into the international domain. Hoa Sen University demonstrates its commitment for non-profit activities.
Tran Ngoc Quynh Anh – an alumni of Hoa Sen University gave a speech
As a part of the new academic year celebration, Tran Ngoc Quynh Anh, an alumna of Hoa Sen University and valedictorian of the Accounting majors who currently works at the Nielsen Company shared a few words with the freshmen. “Dear friends, I stand here not to tell you what I did, how I learned, but to tell you that how Hoa Sen University will provide opportunities for you to develop yourselves and that the results you will obtain in the future completely rely on your own efforts today. I returned here with great pride as a student of Hoa Sen where I received sustainable and acquired useful knowledge and skills to start my journey into the future. Here, I have experienced practical knowledge and learned the theoretical knowledge which was never trite and hollow. I had the opportunity to develop my ideas and the freedom to bring up my arguments though they were sometimes somewhat inaccurate. I acquired most, from Hoa Sen University, the presentation and communication skills that numerous students are lacking, and that large business companies are still searching. Myself in particular, and the students of Hoa Sen University in general, are extremely proud of equality and fairness at the University. That is why we had to intensely learn hard and seriously participate in various activities. Perhaps you do not believe me now, but then you will believe in a not too distant future. Be proud that you are one of Hoa Sen University members. As a representative of all Hoa Sen University alumni my wish is that you reap great success in life. I sincerely thank you!”
Valedictorian of academic year 2014-2015, Nguyen Phuong Thao Nguyen gave a speech
Nguyen Phuong Thao Nguyen, Valedictorian of the academic year 2014 – 2015 and a Human Resources Management Major was a new student who received a talent scholarship amounting to 200 million VND at the opening ceremony. She shared a few words for the new school year, “It is certain that the majority of the people here have experienced the thrill of the first moments when entering a new environment in a university where numerous things are strange and unfamiliar to you. The same goes for me too, I feel like my first day in grade 1 in my primary school. “How large is the university? Are the lecturers nice or difficult? Will the classmates bully me?”... However, when entering Hoa Sen University, those worries seemed to vanish because the university gave me a friendly feeling. After the first week participating in the orientation activities with my classmates, I began to feel more self-confident to integrate into a new learning environment. I am certain that other new students feel the same. From today, I have officially set foot in Hoa Sen University to realize the dream of my career. Still, there are many difficulties in the road ahead, but I believe that ‘success is not a destination, but a journey.’ With all the passion and determination, I believe I will go to a successful destination. I sincerely thank Hoa Sen University for awarding me a full scholarship for the entire academic years, to facilitate my flying on the wings of a dream. This is a great source of encouragement to me and my family. I understand the good values of a university scholarship, that is jut the beginning of a nice journey. So I will have to always remind myself not to neglect my studies during all the years at the university. I promise that I will strive to learn continuously during my four years of study at the University in order to deserve the reward offered by the University and deserve to be a student of Hoa Sen University to live as one should, to study as one must, and to see oneself as part of the world”.
Both a new student and alumni of Hoa Sen University handed over the traditional flag, promising to continue the Hoa Sen University spirit with good values.
The ritual of handing over the traditional flag at Hoa Sen University
The musical repertoire of the 2014-2015 academic-year opening ceremony definitely made an impression on the audience, especially the freshmen, thanks to its contents, its novelty, its modernity that was painstakingly choreographed by four faculties (Science and Technology, Economics and Commerce, Polytechnic, Language and Cultural Studies).
The song entitled “Hoa Sen University” opened the ceremony
The opening ceremony of the academic year was an official beginning of challenges and successes for the academic year 2014-2015 at Hoa Sen University.
Reported by Communication Department - Hoa Sen University
Translated into English by Le Thi Hanh