UD’s students attend the International Student Exchange Program in Daegu Metropolitan City for the first time



To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Korea, and to develop relations with Danang and Ho Chi Minh City - the sister cities of Daegu, from 05-12 in July 2017, 12 students of the University of Da Nang (UD) and representatives of international cooperation departments of UD and Danang city government visited South Korea to participate in the International Student Exchange Program organized by the Daegu Metropolitan city Government. 


Representatives of the University of Danang, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City and leaders of Daegu City (photo above) and students of both sides (photo below) take photos at the program.


This is the first time the program has been held, which is the result of close cooperation between Danang and Daegu for many years. This is also the result of the meeting between UD and representatives of Daegu City Government in December 2016 (see more details at http://www.udn.vn/en_posts/view/343).

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Choi Hee Song, Director General of the Happy Citizens and Education Bureau, Daegu City Government, emphasized: "The program marks great significance in tightening relation between Vietnam and Korea in general, between Danang and Daegu in particular. Through the program, the two sides will strengthen the civil networks between cities and establish foundation for sustainable exchange through sports, cultural/academic exchange and community service, then searching for regional progress and industrial growth around the foundation of university students.


Mr. Choi Hee Song, Director General of the Happy Citizens and Education Bureau


"The development of the cooperative relationship that focuses the target on students between the two cities will be the foundation for further development in the future. Korean students will have the opportunity to build a career and contribute to the development of Vietnam. Conversely, Vietnamese students will also have the opportunity to find jobs and introduce Vietnamese culture in Korea"said Mr. Choi Kwang Kyo, Chairman of Planning and Public Administration Committee (Daegu Metropolitan City Council). He added that the vision of Daegu City is to build the city into the home of happy citizens. Over the years, Daegu Metropolitan City continues to explore and establish innovative policies that have a deep impact on its citizens, thereby creating a citizen-centered city that values the happiness of all. In addition, Daegu also aims to develop into a creative city by 2050 by encouraging innovation and developing the capacity of every citizen.


Dancing performance on the song “Hello Vietnam” by UD’s students


As one of 12 students participating in the exchange program, Ngo Nguyen Phuong Thao (student of University of Economics) said: "To this program, we hope to be friendly ambassadors introducing Da Nang city and UD to Korea. This is also an opportunity to develop and further the friendship between students in both countries."


Student Ngo Nguyen Phuong Thao


As known, before joining the program, the students of UD took the initiative to learn more information, knowledge of the economic and social development of Daegu, as well as the country of Korea. However, some of them still cannot avoid the initial surprise when first arrived in the country of "kimchi," a developed country that they are only known through the internet and television.

Ms. Jane Kim – Council Member of Empathy for A Better World emphasized: "This is one of the great programs for Vietnamese students when they experience in a community which is different from culture and living standards. This is also the best way to equip students with life skills under different conditions."


Ms. Jane Kim – Council member, Empathy for a better world (Second from right) (photo above) and leaders of Empathy for a better world (photo below) take a photo with the delegation of UD


In the framework of the event, the program co-operated with many units in Daegu to organize seminars on the current changes in the city, especially topics of development, environment, geography and traditional Korean cultural values as well as building a good relationship between students of the two cities.


Presentation of Prof. Song June Kim, School of Public Administration, Kyungpook National University


Student Ngo Hoang Ha (University of Foreign Language Studies) said: "Life experience from a developed country helps me to learn a lot from Korean students. We have talked about a lot of topics, mainly about the development of Daegu City over the years".



During the program, Vietnamese students visited Daegu's famous tourist attractions such as Daegu National Museum, Seomun Market, City Hall, Shinsegae complex. In the photo, students visit the Daegu Samsung Creative Economy Campus.


Students visit 3D Technology Center

Some products made from 3D technology

The team directly watched the baseball game and take a photo at Samsung Lions Park


Also on this trip, the delegation also visited and worked with Keimyung University, Sungkonghoe University and Sejong University, which has opened many new cooperation directions in the near future.

In upcoming time, the second phase of the program will continue to be held in Gwangju in July 2017, and the third phase will be in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang in August 2017.


Students participate in activities of the Moonlight Ambassador Innovation Forum

Ms. Kim Seong Won, Chief of Education and Youth Policy Division, offer souvenirs to students at the forum


Daegu officially known as the Daegu Metropolitan City, is a city in South Korea, the fourth largest after Seoul, Busan, and Incheon, and the third largest metropolitan area in the nation[b] with over 2.5 million residents. Daegu is the principal city of the surrounding North Gyeongsang Province. The two areas combined are often referred to as Daegu-Gyeongbuk, with a total population of over 5 million.

Daegu is located in south-eastern Korea about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the seacoast, near the Geumho River and its mainstream, Nakdong River in Gyeongsang-do. The Daegu basin, where the city lies, is the central plain of the Yeongnam region. In ancient times, there was a proto-country named Jinhan, to which the current Daegu area belonged. Later Daegu was part of the Silla Kingdom which unified the Korean Peninsula. During the Joseon Dynasty period, the city was the capital of Gyeongsang-do which was one of the traditional eight provinces of the country.

Daegu was an economic motor of Korea during the 1960s–1980s period and was especially known for its electronics industry. The humid subtropical climate of Daegu is ideal for producing high quality apples, thus the nickname, "Apple City". Daegu is also known as "Textile City". Textiles used to be the pillar industry of the city. With the establishment of the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone, Daegu is currently focusing on fostering fashion and high-tech industries.

Daegu was the host city of the 22nd World Energy Congress of 2013, the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and the 2003 Summer Universiade. It also hosted four matches in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Daegu hosts World Masters Indoor Championships on March 19–25, 2017. More than 4600 athletes worldwide including 101 athletes from the USA will compete

In cooperation with Danang, Deagu is one of the cities that maintains regular and close exchanges. Each year, the two sides coordinate the exchange program of staff.


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