In response to the French Language Day, on March 19, 2017, University of Foreign Language Studies – The University of Danang (UFLS), The Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), French Academy, Vietnam - France Friendship Association, and French Club in Da Nang jointly celebrated the French Language Fair 2017.
Music performances from UFLS students
In the opening section, UFLS had the great honour of welcoming Prof. Bui Van Ga – Deputy Minister of Education and Training, Ms. Sophie Goedefroit – Director of AUF’s Asia – Pacific Office, Prof. Tran Van Nam – Director of The University of Danang, Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Ngoc Vu – Vice director of The University of Danang, and representatives of UFLS’ administration board and offices. Especially, more than 500 secondary and high-school teachers and students of French language and several French people living in Da Nang also joined the fair.
In the opening remarks, Dr. Tran Huu Phuc – Rector of UFLS emphasized: “Over the past years, UFLS has put great efforts in promoting the relationships with foreign organizations, especially with the French-speaking ones. The University of Danang and UFLS are among active members of AUF for the establishment of French language training all over the city. These effective collaborative activities have contributed to the development and expansion of the French teaching activities of UFLS as well as the activities of the Francophone community in Da Nang city. "
Dr. Tran Huu Phuc – Rector of UFLS
Prof. Bui Van Ga – Deputy Minister of Education and Training stated that: “The Ministry of Education and Training always focuses on the establishment and development of relationships with Francophone partners. The Ministry maintains French language teaching curriculum in secondary and high schools, enhances professional training, especially necessary skills for students, or introduces elective courses related to tourism and trading, etc. Recent years have witnessed considerable achievements in training programs supported by Francophone organizations, particularly, The University of Danang has recently signed a memorandum of cooperation with the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, French University.”
Prof. Bui Van Ga – Deputy Minister of Education and Training
Prof. Tran Van Nam, Director of The University of Danang, showed strong appreciation for the results achieved in the cooperation with Francophone community. He said: “The cooperative projects are one of the important premises for the sustainable development of The University of Danang. Several other projects have also been carried out by The University of Danang and Francophone partners such as Master's programs in Computer Science and Water Resources Management, MBA and Embedded Systems, the EMMAsia project, the MIRE projects in which 90 researchers work and share experiences in the field of electronic health, AUF funded Francophone major, French high-quality engineer training program and many other projects.”
Prof. Tran Van Nam, Director of The University of Danang
Ms. Sophie Goedefroit – Director of AUF’s Asia – Pacific Office shared her great passion for the French language.: “As you have mentioned, French is a language of peace. Are there any languages that can bring French-speaking people across the planet together for a week?”
Ms. Sophie Goedefroit – Director of AUF’s Asia – Pacific Office
She also emphasized the importance of French language in promoting the relationship in research and training with Viet Nam: “Are there any languages that allow us to travel from continents to continents to do research and teaching at many prestigious universities in this whole world? Da Nang city has gained great success in setting up a strong Francophone community. I hope that you will maintain these activities and I wish you great success.”
UFLS Rector presenting flowers to the Deputy Minister of Education and Training, to The University of Danang, and to AUF
The French Language Day, March 20, 2017, is a meaningful event for the French-speaking community. This is an opportunity for the French-speaking community to meet, exchange and celebrate the Francophone common values and to honor the French language that connects more than 300 million people living in many countries all over the world. The French Language Day 2017 was held in Da Nang city with many exciting activities such as: football, painting competitions, exhibitions, quizzes, games and music performances.
The fair has been a great success and made a profound impression on the members of the French-speaking community in Da Nang city.