The Opening ceremony honorably had the presence of Ms. Ariadne Feo Labrada – Consul General of the Republic of Cuba in Ho Chi Minh City; Ms. Nubiela Yanarith Ayala Modes – Deputy Consul General of Panama in Ho Chi Minh City; Mr. Le Truong Hien Hoa – Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism; Mr. Tran Ngoc Dong Quan – Head of Department’s Travel Management Office, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism; Mr. Nguyen Quoc Viet – Chairman, Board of Directors of Friendship House Joint Stock Company (VECASA); Mr. Rafael Barreto – Vice Chairman, Board of Directors of Friendship House Joint Stock Company (VECASA); Mr. Phan Buu Toan – Member of the Standing Committee of Vietnam Tourism Association, President of the Ho Chi Minh City Tour Guide Association.
On UEF’s behalf, there were Dr. Do Huu Nguyen Loc – Vice President & Director, UEF International Institute; Dr. Ho Vien Phuong – Vice President, Board of Management and faculty members of related majors.
UEF representatives expressed gratitude to the guests
"The foreign language training program has begun from the beginning of 2022 with the support of the Consulate General to teach different language classes such as Korean, Japanese, etc., and now Spanish", Mr. Le Truong Hien Hoa stated in his opening remarks.
"In 2022, Ho Chi Minh City tourism reached roughly 100% of the target for international visitors and exceeded the target for domestic tourists. In this field, human resources training is important when we have to face many difficulties and challenges. Foreign languages are one of the essential knowledge that must be refreshed on a regular and continuous basis. Spanish is particularly a special language, and learning Spanish can contribute to the expansion and development of tourism in the city. Thus, the training of foreign languages will help the city's tourism keep up with the development trend" - Deputy Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism added.
Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism highly appreciated the refresher of foreign language skills for tour guides
In terms of this cooperation, Mr. Nguyen Quoc Viet pointed out: "Spanish language is extremely "hot". Moreover, the Spanish culture is also eminently rich and diverse. It is hoped that the students will persistently pursue this language to contribute to promoting the city's tourism. The number of registered students surpassed the original target, the total registration was up to about 200 students”.
Mr. Nguyen Quoc Viet indicated that the number of students registering for the class exceeded the target
In addition, Dr. Do Huu Nguyen Loc claimed: “Spanish is attracting the attention of the UEF. Therefore, this is the first class of UEF. Through the course, UEF wishes to equip the students with more basic communication skills in Spanish, to meet the needs of international tourism expansion and tourism development in Ho Chi Minh City. This will be a foundation for UEF to cooperate in organizing other classes, contributing to the success of Ho Chi Minh City tourism.”
Dr. Do Huu Nguyen Loc emphasized that UEF is ready to cooperate with the Department of Tourism to organize foreign language training courses to improve qualifications for professionals.
At the opening ceremony, Ms. Ariadne Feo Labrada – Consul General of the Republic of Cuba also expressed her joy as the students have shown great interest in the Spanish language.
Consul General of the Republic of Cuba spoke in Spanish during the opening ceremony
After the opening ceremony, the students of the Spanish course at UEF took their first lesson. Into the classroom, they have learned about common greetings. The class will be guided by Vietnamese and native teachers to help students easily approach and quickly familiarize themselves with the new language.
Students were excited to learn new language
Two instructors will accompany the course
The coordination in organizing a new foreign language class of UEF contributes to improving the quality of tour guides in Ho Chi Minh City as well as demonstrates the internationalization UEF is pursuing. With the enthusiastic support in the organization, teaching equipment, and learning environment of UEF, it is believed that students will successfully complete their learning tasks and effectively apply Spanish in communication and professional work.
Quy Nguyen - Thanh Thang