Students from Vietnam celebrated New Year at TSU

Tomsk State University has celebrated the Vietnamese New Year for the first time. The celebration gathered about 100 students from Vietnam from different universities.

- On the one hand, we are very pleased that students came here: the holiday became a family celebration, and everything was well organized. And on the other hand, it is recognition of our role in the partnership with Vietnam. The Vietnamese expat community in Tomsk for the first time held its New Year celebration at TSU, it is a very symbolic step, - said Artyom Rykun, Vice-Rector for International Affairs.

The holiday was warm and homelike, like a family, which is very important in the tradition of the celebration. Students from Vietnam prepared a concert where dances were followed by folk songs with guitar and in the contemporary mode, charades on the New Year's theme, and fun games like Guess the Melody. The obligatory tradition of the holiday was a treat for all participants and guests of sweets and national dishes.

- Our New Year - Tết - differs from the Russian one in time. We celebrate it based on the Vietnamese (lunar) calendar, usually, a date falling at the end of January or beginning of February, and the date changes every year. We also have a lot of different dishes on the table, most of which are made from rice and lots of fruit. We decorate the house in different colors - shared Dang May Huong, a student of the Institute of Arts and Culture. – The most important thing is the New Year being a time for the family, and that is equally important for students from Vietnam and Russia.

Students from Vietnam, according to Artyom Rykun, are well-prepared and motivated for admission to Russian universities. In particular, at TSU they receive a quality education and no less importantly, a lot of attention, support, and assistance. In the 2016/17 academic year, 14 students and 4 postgraduate students are studying at the basic educational programmes of Tomsk State University, and 4 students are studying at the Pre-courses Department, so the prospects for collaboration with Vietnam are very good, - added the Vice-Rector.

At the moment, TSU is collaborating with Vietnam in two main areas - scientific (humanities subjects) and educational. Agreements were signed on collaboration with three leading universities of the country - the Vietnam National University, Hanoi National University of Education, and Ho Chi Minh City Pedagogical University. In addition, we are actively working with students of Vietnamese special schools for talented children. In the future, we plan to develop collaboration in business and in the implementation of scientific development.