Exchange program on Social Entrepreneurship between Tra Vinh University and Nova Scotia Community College in 2022

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(TVU) – From June 6 to 17, the Social Entrepreneurship program between Tra Vinh University (TVU) and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) took place at TVU, involving several interesting activities.

The project is part of the Student Exchange program, which has been implemented in cooperation by students and staff of the two institutions for many years.

This year’s project provided students with practical experience through social entrepreneurship ideas, handicraft village models, and startup models of TVU students.

Ms. Katie Orr, Director of NSCC International, shared: “Thank you to all the students, teachers, and supporters for creating opportunities for engaging students and lecturers of the two schools. Having the opportunity to interact and work with all the members of this program has been a great thing over this period of time.”

“All NSCC students were very excited about the business ideas from TVU students. The trip gave them the opportunity to exchange culture, educational environment, start-up as well as experience the ecological environment in Vietnam,” said Ms. Goldie Marie Miller, Lecturer of the Faculty of Economics (NSCC).

Ms. Destiny Dawn Tobin, a NCSS student, shared: “Most of TVU students’ startup ideas are geared towards environmental and community factors. It’s a great activity since we’re all trying to do what’s best for the community.”

Ms. Le Thi Yen Ngoc, a student at TVU who participated in the program, commented, “This is a very helpful program for students like us, through which we can improve our abilities in foreign languages, learn more about the cultures of the two countries and the startup method of NSCC students.”

The program’s activities included excursions around Tra Vinh city from Ba Om Pond, Angkorajaborey Pagoda, and Khmer Cultural Museum to President Ho Chi Minh Temple; the presentation of the startup project called “Support on manufacturing handicrafts for tourism purposes, enhancing sustainable economics for Khmer ethnic people in Tra Vinh” by TVU representatives; visits to TVU student cooperative shops, Startup club, and Khmer crafted mask class; as well as the Vietnamese folk food competition at TVU. There was also a tour to Con Chim (Bird Islet) – an ecotourism destination in Chau Thanh (Tra Vinh), and Xeo Quyt (Tangerine Creek) – a historic site and eco-tourist spot in Dong Thap province.

NSCC students experience the products and startup models of TVU students

NSCC students presented the startup model

Dr. Nguyen Minh Hoa – Rector of Tra Vinh University awarded the certificate of program completion to NSCC students

The closing ceremony was held on June 16, in which students presented their group’s startup ideas and models.

The TVU-NSCC Social Entrepreneurship Exchange Program commenced in 2016 based on the partnership between Tra Vinh University (TVU) and Nova Community Colleges (NSCC). The Exchange Program has become an annual program that not only expands the cooperative relationship, tightens the friendship, and creates opportunities for cultural exchange between Vietnam and Canada, but above all creates favorable conditions for studying and exchanging academic experiences for students of the two institutions.

Some pictures of the program:

Members of TVU and NSCC take photos at Tra Vinh University

Exchange activities with students of Nguyen Thien Thanh High School for the Gifted

By Lan Anh

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