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The 2018 – 2019 Academic Year Opening Ceremony at Ton Duc Thang University

On the morning of September 4, 2018, Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) solemnly celebrated the end of the 2017-2018 academic year as well as the beginning of the new one in 2018-2019. It was also a ceremony to proudly receive the university accreditation rating of 4 out of 5 stars from QS Stars University Ratings (UK).

At the Opening Ceremony, we were honored to welcome Dr. Bui Van Cuong, Member of the Central Party Committee, Chairman of the Vietnam Confederation of Labor, Chairman of the University Council; Dr. Nguyen Thanh Phong, Member of the Central Party Committee, Chairman of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City; Mr. Huynh Dam, Former Chairman of Fatherland Front Committee of Vietnam; Mr. Dang Ngoc Tung, Former Chairman of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor; Mr. Dang Ngoc Dung, Vice Chairman of Quang Ngai People's Committee; Mr. KPă Thuyen, Vice Chairman of Gia Lai Provincial People's Committee; Mr. Le Van Nung, Vice Chairman of An Giang People's Committee; Mr. Samuel Wong, Senior Researcher at QS Stars University Ratings; the representatives of the French Consulate; Leaders of the HCMC Department of Culture and Sports; Leaders of the provincial education and training departments, the Management Boards of some local high schools, Representatives from some of the university's partners, etc., They have graced us with their presence.

In the opening speech, Prof. Le Vinh Danh, the President of TDTU, remarked the achievements of TDTU in 2017-2018 as well as its 21-year journey of establishment and development (24/09/1997-24/09/2018). He emphasized the outstanding achievements in education, international cooperation and scientific research, reflected in domestic and foreign evaluations and rankings such as becoming one of the top two universities in Vietnam (published by the independent study group of international and domestic scholars in September 2017) and top 250 most sustainable universities in the world (according to UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, December 2017); being ranked No. 1 in science publication (according to Web of Science by Clarivate, USA); being recognized by the High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES) in recognition of the university qualification of the French Republic (and also the European standard) in July 2018. Recently, TDTU also became the first and only university in Vietnam to receive the 4 out of 5 stars from QS Stars University Ratings (UK).

On this occasion, the university awarded scholarships to students who have obtained excellent academic results or high achievements in scientific research and other artistic fields. TDTU also provided scholarships for underprivileged students from 5 provinces: Binh Thuan, Gia Lai, Lam Dong, Binh Dinh, Ninh Thuan and high schools which signed with TDTU with a total value of more than 5.5 billion dong. This was done to motivate students to be more confident and on their journeys to grow; to become good citizens with all the qualities of from TDTU training: Discipline - Politeness – Professionalism - Creativity and Devotion.

A few images from the ceremony:

The ceremony from higher view
The ceremony from higher view

 

Special opening performance by TDTU’s lecturers and students
Special opening performance by TDTU’s lecturers and students

 

Prof. Le Vinh Danh, President of TDTU, to make his opening speech
Prof. Le Vinh Danh, President of TDTU, to make his opening speech

 

The drumming ritual of the 2018-2019 academic year

 
 

The drumming ritual of the 2018-2019 academic year
The drumming ritual of the 2018-2019 academic year

 

The traditional flag transfer ritual
The traditional flag transfer ritual

 

And the students from Intake 22 made their vows
And the students from Intake 22 made their vows

 

Dr. Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of the HCM City People's Committee, awarded scholarships to students who have obtained outstanding achievements in studying and research.

Dr. Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of the HCM City People's Committee, awarded scholarships to students who have obtained outstanding achievements in studying and research.
Dr. Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of the HCM City People's Committee, awarded scholarships to students who have obtained outstanding achievements in studying and research.

 

Prof. Le Vinh Danh, President of TDTU, awarded certificate and scholarship to Nguyen Tran Kieu Anh for being the valedictorian of the new intake
Prof. Le Vinh Danh, President of TDTU, awarded certificate and scholarship to Nguyen Tran Kieu Anh for being the valedictorian of the new intake

 

Dr. Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City was speaking at the ceremony
Dr. Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City was speaking at the ceremony

 

Dr. Bui Van Cuong, President of the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labor, Chairman of the University Council, was making his speech
Dr. Bui Van Cuong, President of the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labor, Chairman of the University Council, was making his speech

 

Nguyen Thao Uyen (a student from the Faculty of Business Administration) expressed her feeling on the opening day
Nguyen Thao Uyen (a student from the Faculty of Business Administration) expressed her feeling on the opening day