[IU Buddy x International Students] Making Bánh Chưng for Tết

[IU Buddy x International Students] Making Bánh Chưng for Tết

Tết holiday – Vietnamese Lunar New Year or simply Tet Vietnam is the most significant festival in the S-shaped country. As a result of being calculated by the lunar calendar, the Tet festival often occurs at the end of January or the beginning of February, which is later than New Year’s Day.

Tết is about home cooking. When it comes to Tết, bánh Chưng (the cube-shaped rice cake) and bánh Tét (the cylindrical-shaped rice cake) are the must-have food. They are the soul of Tết, representing Vietnamese tradition and culture. Making Bánh Chưng is one of the important activities of Vietnamese people to prepare for the longest holiday of the year. 

Bánh Chưng are made with just a handful of ingredients and taste absolutely delicious – sticky from the sticky rice, rich from the pork and mung beans and fragrant from the leaves (lá dong). During Tết 2021, IU Buddy Club, a student club that support for international students coming to IU-VNU has organized a small workshop about Bánh Chưng making process. 

The first layer, sticky rice.

The second layer, mung beans. The third layer, pork

 
 

Lunar New Year (Tet) in Ho Chi Minh in the eyes of 2 girls from Spain and Korea

Lunar New Year (Tet) in Ho Chi Minh in the eyes of 2 girls from Spain and Korea

My name is Sofia Jimena Robles Lera, 22 years old. I come from Spain, and am currently pursuing a BioMedical Engineering major. I came to Vietnam to look for an internship opportunity for this major. This is the first time I have celebrated Lunar New Year in Vietnam. 

And this is my friend, Kim Si Yeun, 22 years old. She comes from Korea, and is a urban sociology university student. Kim has just been in Vietnam 3 weeks ago. We are both exchange students in International University – Vietnam National University. Under the same situation that we are both far from home, we make friends with each other. Then, we made an one-day appointment to explore the Tet holiday atmosphere in Vietnam. 

On the 27th December of lunar calendar, we met at Kim’s house, then headed for Calligraphy street at Cultural House of Youth (District 1, Ho Chi Minh city).

Because of no experience in celebrating Tet in an Asian country, I was so excited. The street was decorated beautifully, with apricot and blossom flowers. Everyone was in a hurry but did not seem a bit angry. 

In Vietnam, people usually wear Áo Dài to hangout during Tet, so Kim and I really wanted to try this national costume once. The first time we tried to put on Áo Dài, we were a bit confused, did not know which item to choose, and how to put it on. Fortunately, the staff of the rental counter helped us. I chose the yellow one and Kim chose the white set with crane embroidery.

Initially unfamiliar, we often stumbled because of the long flap of Áo Dài. Then we knew how to adjust the front long flap to not be rolled while moving. Both Kim and I love this costume, because it showed our physique and helped us look more girly.  

The background was decorated beautifully and eye-catching. The booths were built according to the countryside scene. At first sight, we liked it so much that we hurriedly found a space to take photos. 

We experienced the “giving letters” custom in Vietnam so interestingly. Kim and I went into a booth to receive the letters. Through the materials I learned, I know this is red packets that the adults will put the lucky money in to give to children in Lunar New year. We love these red packets so much that we bought some as souvenirs. Kim asked to write the name of her younger brother – Taemin – and I asked for the phrase “Bình An Sofia”.

Besides red packets, we also enjoyed some souvenirs displayed here such as mini drums, stone mascot statue, dried gourd.

At mid-day, we stopped at a “Cool” drinking counter to take a rest. Kim said this is the first time she celebrated Tet far from home, so she really missed her family. In terms of me, I did not have my own plan. Besides the period of Tet preparation, I planned to travel with my friends to enjoy the cool atmosphere of Tet. The owner of the drinking counter said last year there had been a lot of foreigners coming to Calligraphy street. However, because of Covid-19 pandemic this year, the number of guests decreased. He also introduced for us some costumes and traditions characteristics in Vietnam. 

At 1pm, we gave back Áo Dài at the rental counter and moved to Ho Thi Ky flower market. Even though it was early afternoon, the flower market was still crowded and bustling. Every store was crowded with customers in and out. In the flower market, we were surprised to find that red packets could also be used as decorated items. Kim said in Korea, she had never seen people hanging these red packets on trees like this. We feel that living in Vietnam is wonderful. The pace of life and the friendliness of local people help us forget the homesickness. 

Wandering around the market, we selected a few branches of flowers to decorate our department room. These flowers cost about 40,000 dong. 

After the trip, I invited Kim to visit my home and together decorated and enjoyed the spring rolls I bought yesterday. Kim helped me design a flower vase by the drinking glass because my house does not have an available vase. 

About me, at the same time, I stuck the decorated stickers on the door. Because it is the year of Ox, I chose an ox sticker as decorations. 

Fried the spring rolls for the first time, so I accidentally turned on the fire too much, many rolls were scorched but still delicious. We felt quite lucky to be exchange students in Vietnam. Thanks to this opportunity, we have experienced many exciting things, and understood more about the traditional costumes here. 

If we have the second chance to celebrate Tet in Vietnam, I will go to Hoi An and Hue to explore more about these 2 regions. For Kim, she wanted to wrap sticky rice cake by herself and decorate the flowers with red packets. That night, we heard that Calligraphy street shutdown from 9 February because of a pandemic situation. We were so sad about the news because Kim and I still wanted to be back on 29 December of the lunar calendar to ask for some letters for our family. We hope that the situation will be back to normal in the upcoming time. 

Credit: https://zingnews.vn/tet-o-tphcm-trong-mat-2-co-gai-tay-ban-nha-han-quoc-post1182690.html

 

1st CALL OF 2021 “NII INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM”

1st CALL OF 2021 “NII INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM”

International University – Viet Nam National University is pleased to announce the 1st International Summer Internship at NII in 2021. NII will provide applicants with internship opportunities. After finishing the program and completing the internship report, interns will be given a certificate from NII. The detailed information is as follows:

  1. Internship Duration:

Applicants can conduct the internship from 60 to 180 days at NII. The minimum exchange period is 2 months;

– Applicants have to start the internship before 31/10/2021;

– For more information: https://www.nii.ac.jp/en/news/2021/0315.html;

  1. Applicant Eligibility:

Postgraduates enrolled in Master’s degree or PHD degree programs related to the fields and the research topics at NII.

* Note:

Applicants who are full-time lecturers or regular officials are prioritized, and will contribute to the institute sending them to the internship after finishing the program.

– Applicants who have already obtained a PHD degree are not acceptable for the internship opportunities.

  1. Application Requirements:

Applicants must fill in the registration form downloaded at: https://bit.ly/3d0Gr7s.

– Applicants choose 03 topics among the topics available in the list of research topics. List of research topics: https://bit.ly/3d0Gr7s

– CV (in English).

– Certificate of enrollment as master/doctoral students from sending institutions.

* Note:

NII will not accept applications sent directly.

– Interns taking part in the program have to work on the topic they have chosen and comply with the regulations and statutes at NII. In case of violation, interns will be forced to cancel their internship.      

  1. Internship Allowance:

NII will support interns with an allowance for stay cost of 5,700 Yen/Day during their stay at NII.

– NII will pay for medical treatment fees except for some specific and injured cases (For example: chronic diseases, dental or vaccine-related problems).

– Interns who have duration of stay over 3 months are acceptable to join the national health insurance. This cost is about 1000 Yen/Month and interns must pay for other expenses on their own.

  1. Application deadline:

Please submit application package to Center for International Mobility (Room A2.604) before 15/7/2021

MCI ONLINE SUMMER PROGRAM 2021 AT MCI MANAGEMENT CENTER INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA

MCI ONLINE SUMMER PROGRAM 2021 AT MCI MANAGEMENT CENTER INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA

International University – Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City would like to invite IU students to participate in MCI Online Summer Program 2021 at MCI Management Center Innsbruck, Austria. The details are as follows:

  1. Program Schedule: 25/5 – 18/6/2021
  2. Venue: online
  3. Courses offered: MCI offers courses related to Business and Entrepreneurship & Innovation sectors:
  • Social Justice and the Bottom Line;
  • International Human Resource Management;
  • International Marketing;
  • Introduction to International Business;
  • Entrepreneurship;
  • Entrepreneurship in Family Firms;
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the Service sector;
  • Strategic Management & Start-up;
  1. Program fees: Free for exchange students from partner universities
  2. For more information: https://international.mci.edu/en/students/mci-summer-program
  3. Application package:

 – Short-term Application form: https://tinyurl.com/y36337sz

– CV (file PDF);

– Transcript of record (scale 100 & 4);

– 01 scan file passport;

  1. Application deadline:

Application package sent to A2.604 or email nthang@hcmiu.edu.vn (PDF file) by 22.03.2021

Online Course Review – MCI Winter Program 2020

Online Course Review – MCI Winter Program 2020

Xin chào! Mình là Lê Thị Kim Hằng, sinh viên năm 3 ngành Marketing, Khoa Quản trị Kinh doanh. Đây là lần đầu tiên mình học  chương trình được tổ chức online, vì lí do gì thì chắc mọi người cũng biết rồi ha. COVID-19 khiến nhiều dự định đi trao đổi sinh viên của chúng ta bị đình trễ quá, nhưng may mắn thay, MCI Winter Program năm nay – chương trình mình mong chờ nhất năm đã được tổ chức online.

Các bạn có thể đọc qua bài Review của mình để chọn học các khóa học Online của các trường, vừa học được thêm kiến thức, vừa nhận được Certificate/Transcript nha!

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* Quá trình đăng ký: 

Lúc mình biết thông tin về chương trình, điểm đặc biệt khiến mình chú ý nhất là MCI Management Center Innsbruck cho phép sinh viên IU tham gia miễn phí khóa học vì là đối tác của trường ĐHQT, nên mình không ngần ngại mà apply ngay và luôn. Ngoài ra, 2 khoá học về Digital MarketingDigital Entrepreneurship cũng rất phù hợp với SV BA như mình nữa.

Hồ sơ đăng ký thì vô cùng đơn giản, gồm : (1) Bảng điểm request tại Phòng Đào tạo ĐH (A2.708), (2) Form đăng ký tham gia chương trình ngắn hạn https://tinyurl.com/y36337sz và (3) CV là đã hoàn thành rồi.

Lúc nhận được thời khoá biểu tham gia chương trình, thấy khung thời gian là khoảng Tết, mình cũng có hơi lo lắng vì không biết mình có vì ăn Tết mà quên học không, nhưng mà thực tế thì 2 courses mình đăng ký bắt đầu học vào mùng 5 Tết nên cũng coi như không ảnh hưởng đến sự ăn chơi Tết của mình.

* Quá trình học:

Sau khi đăng ký thành công, MCI có liên hệ với mình qua Outlook (email MSSV của trường cấp) và Email cá nhân. Trường gửi mình tài khoản để tham gia vào trang web của trường. Trang web đó theo mình thì giống với Blackboard của IU vậy, giáo viên sẽ đăng video giảng bài, bài tập và điểm lên.

Về môn Digital Marketing (DM), môn này trường sắp xếp cho 04 giảng viên dạy mình 10 chủ đề về DM trong 10 bài dạy, mỗi bài tầm 4-5 videos giảng bài, 1 vài video youtube tham khảo và 1 vài bài báo, report để đọc. Cuối mỗi bài sẽ có 1 bài kiểm tra lấy điểm, và yêu cầu đạt 60% là pass. Mình đánh giá môn này tầm 7/10, vì theo mình có 1 vài giáo viên dạy khá hay, đưa ra những ví dụ thực tế và kiến thức khá mới vì mình chưa tìm hiểu DM bao giờ =)). Nhưng 3 điểm còn lại bị rớt là do có vài thầy giọng hơi khó nghe, hơi đặc và giảng cũng hơi khó hiểu nữa, làm mình hơi khó khăn để hiểu được bài hôm đó :((

Còn môn Digital Entrepreneurship (DE) là mình chấm 9.5/10 luôn. Thầy dạy mình nói tiếng Anh siêu hay, giảng bài siêu kỹ và còn nhiệt tình nữa. Thầy có tổ chức 1 buổi meeting với thầy hàng ngày lúc 10pm (10h đêm Việt Nam) để thảo luận với thầy những điều mình thắc mắc về bài final project và bài học, và có lúc mình không hiểu project của mình lắm, mình đã hỏi thì thầy hoan nghênh vô cùng mà còn trả lời rất là tỉ mỉ trong 1 sự kiên nhẫn đáng yêu. DE thì không như DM, mỗi ngày thầy sẽ đăng 1 lecture gồm 4-5 videos á, sau mỗi video sẽ là 1 phần discussion forum mà tụi mình được yêu cầu giải quyết vấn đề của startup idea của tụi mình như video đã dạy (nên làm mình áp dụng được điều mình học ngay và luôn). Course này mở hơi gấp, có khoảng 5 ngày thôi mà tụi mình phải làm khá nhiều discussion forum questions và phải làm 1 final investment pitch về 1 startup idea của tụi mình. Thầy chấm điểm thì thôi siêu dễ, đó cũng là 0.5 điểm trừ mình dành cho thầy, vì mình không biết thầy có chấm điểm bài của mình thật không nữa =(

*Kết thúc: 

Sau khi tham gia 2 course này, mình nhận ra mình có nhiều điều cần học hỏi về digital và môi trường giáo dục nước ngoài đúng là đem đến nhiều thứ mới mẻ, khác với ở Việt Nam và IU. Mình cũng thấy may mắn vì chương trình đã tổ chức online (vì nếu tổ chức offline ở Áo chưa chắc mình đã tham gia được). Bởi vậy mới nói, dù Covid làm hạn chế nhiều chuyến đi còn dang dở, nhưng thật may vì Internet đã đem đến nhiều cơ hội khác cho mình được tham gia chương trình này ^^