On July 19, 2012, at the University of Danang, after 10 days from 10 to 19 July, with many exciting activities, the 4th Vietnamese – Thai Youth Exchange Programwhich held in Danang has closed.
Giving speech at the closing ceremony, Assoc. Prof. Tran Van nam, President of the University of Danang, emphasized: "The purpose of this program is to promote cultural exchange between the youth of the two countries, strengthen the relationship between Vietnamese people and Thai people, improve understanding, build lasting friendship, help youth develop teamwork skill and leadership skill, and prepare for ASEAN community to become a sustainable community development in 2015. The activities in the past 10 days have met that purpose.”
Assoc. Prof. Tran Van Nam, President of the University of Danang, awarded certificates and took photo with 12 Thai students participating in the program - photo: T.Ngoc
Students of both countries had a great opportunity to spend 10 days with more than 17 meaningful activities which took place in Danang and Hoi An.
The fact that giving Vietnamese names to Thai students and studying Vietnamese language through daily activities have left lasting impressions for Thai students. As for Vietnamese students, joining this program helps them have many opportunities to promote Danang’s image and its people here. Besides, it is a chance for Vietnamese students to improve their ability to communicate in Thai language.
Thai deputy ambassador, Mr. Boonrong Pongsathiensak, awarded certificates and took photo with 12 Vietnamese students participating in the program - photo: T.Ngoc
Representatives of Thai students shared that through the activities such as visiting scenic beauties of Danang and Quang Nam, swimming, visiting Han market, Vietnam-Thailand Friendship Association, they know more about the land and living habits, friendly attitude of Danang people in particular and Vietnamese people in general.
They also expressed that the most unforgettable impression is the visit to victims of Agent Orange Center in Danang. At their age, they cannot feel the brutality that war brings to people because they have no experience of war. After the visit, they found that they must learn from the victims about optimistic spirit to overcome adversity of fate. Only optimism helps us rise up and change the fate.
Assoc. Prof. Tran Van Nam awarded Golden Heart certificate of Association of Victims of Agent Orange to the representative of Thai delegation - photo: T.Ngoc
Mr. Boonrong Pongsathiensak, Thailand's Deputy Ambassador, was touched. He shared: “Attending the closing ceremony today, I realize the difference between the closing ceremony and the opening ceremony. Now, the youth representatives of two countries have understood each other because you have days to find out, to exchange about culture and life. Specially, you have learned the skills from each other and together accumulated life experience. Certainly there will be many differences in lifestyle, culture, and way of expressing. However, I hope that you always keep opportunities like this, and if opportunity comes, please join it. The youth of two countries will be ambassadors who contribute to the development of good relationship between the two countries in the future.
The Thai students presented a song to praise the King of Thailand. - photo: T.Ngoc
Head of the Thai delegation, staff of Thai Community Development Department, Mr. Poriyapob Somchan said: “Today we hold the closing ceremony of the 4th Vietnamese – Thai Youth Exchange Program,but it does not mean that the relationship between youth of two countries and friendship between Vietnam and Thailand stop here. All will continue to grow at a higher level as well as spread wider.”
The Vietnamese students participating in the program received certificates from Mr. Boonrong Pongsathiensak, deputy ambassador of Thailand
The closing ceremony of the 4th Vietnamese – Thai Youth Exchange Programhas ended with a musical performance played by 24 Thai and Vietnamese students who join the program.