07/05/2022 – A beautiful Saturday that marked the beginning of Fulbright’s Giving Week 2022 with the Fun Run event. 

After a year without out-door activities, Fun Run is a special occasion for the Fulbright community and allies to get together, join the run, enjoy fun activities, attend the exhibition and exchange their stories of changes. 

Beyond the organizers’ expectation, Fulbright Fun Run 2022 welcomed the participation and generous support from those who are not only within the Fulbright community, but also from broader society. It gave us such courage and confidence to pursue our mission further, as our President Đàm Bích Thủy affirmed in her speech at the event “I wish this event will become an annual tradition for Fulbright to join hands with other communities to build an educational environment that nurtures a generation of change-makers to contribute towards the development of Vietnam, people of Vietnam and the world beyond our nation.”

Let numbers and pictures help Fulbright speak about the event:

More than 600 participants

256 people joining the run or walk

Nearly 1,000 kilometers achieved

30 art pieces, out of which 9 pieces sold at the auction and many prints and postcards purchased

7 stories exchanged at the “Human Library”

15 students’ initiatives at the “Giving Fair”

 

A good start promises more exciting activities with immense support from society during the rest of Giving Week 2022! 

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Giving Week is an initiative at Fulbright to bring our community closer, to appreciate each other’s passion and dedication for education, as well as to create a tradition of unity. Throughout the week, Fulbright community members join hands to contribute in various ways, from non-material forms, such as volunteering, writing a note of gratitude to one another, exchanging encouragement and support via all forms – hugs, handshakes, fist bumps – and spreading positivity all around campus to donating to Students’ Development Fund or Campus Construction.

As per tradition, this year’s Giving Week will span from May 5 to 15. Fulbright Giving Week 2022 wishes to Empower Change-makers through many exciting events, to name a few: Giving Fair which displays different student-led community activities, varying from different fields; Human Library where students share their experience centered around making positive changes; Art Exhibition which features our students’ creativity; Music Show by our very own Fulbright home-grown talents.

A group of students, including two from Fulbright University Vietnam, recently won the third prize in a contest calling for people’s initiatives to raise Ho Chi Minh City’s international status, organized by Tuoi Tre Newspaper and the HCMC Department of External Affairs.

Held between June 16 and August 16, the contest received more than 420 entries in the form of articles, slides, infographics, and video clips in both Vietnamese and English. Brother. In addition to Vietnamese applicants, many expats who are living in HCMC or have been to HCMC also sent entries.

Phan Hoang Dung and Hoang Ngoc Gia Huong (Fulbright University Vietnam), Nguyen Ky Nam (Sciences Po, France), Bui Le Mai Anh (University of Economics, HCMC), Truong Thanh Khoa (Hoa Sen University, HCMC) and Nguyen Thuy Dung (University of Architecture, HCMC) came up with the idea of the “Social Innovation Center” during the time of social distancing caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Subsequently, the students held online discussions to collect ideas for the introduction video and the infographic presentation.

Phan Hoang Dung from Fulbright University Vietnam said that this is not only a contest but also an opportunity for group members to do something for the city they call home.

Ho Chi Minh City boasts a dynamic, creative and vibrant economy. The city is home to warm-hearted, generous and kind people. However, in the eyes of international friends, HCMC still lives in the shadow of the old Saigon – “the Pearl of the Far East”. For young people born and raised in HCMC like us, this is something we need to really think about. As we are young people studying and working in various areas, from public policy, media to entrepreneurship, we see the city’s branding efforts as a way for us to position ourselves in this big world. “What makes us different?” Although our discussions sometimes got disagreeable, we decided to believe in our common goal of this “Social Innovation Center”, Dung said.

The project aims to build the brand “Social Innovation Center” so that Ho Chi Minh City becomes a convergence point for businesses to create social impact and attract international friends to Vietnam.

A painting by Le Sa Long featuring a HCMC steamed rice stall giving free meals to poor people during Covid-19