Study­ing Chi­nese open­ing up op­por­tu­ni­ties for Viet­namese

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE -

Study­ing Chi­nese, the world’s most spo­ken lan­guage, has helped en­rich knowl­edge and brighten the ca­reer paths of more and more Viet­namese peo­ple, lo­cal ex­perts, lec­tur­ers and stu­dents told Xin­hua.

“I’m keen on be­com­ing a highly-qual­i­fied lec­turer of Chi­nese to help my stu­dents bet­ter un­der­stand the lan­guage and the coun­try, as well as ac­quire the most suitable j obs,” said Nguyen Le Cam Tu, the top prize win­ner of the 16 th “Chi­nese Bridge”, the Chi­nese Pro­fi­ciency Com­pe­ti­tion for For­eign Col­lege Stu­dents which was held in north­ern Viet­nam on Thurs­day.

At the com­pe­ti­tion themed “Dreams En­lighten the Fu­ture,” held by the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute Head­quar­ters and the Chi­nese Em­bassy in Viet­nam, Tu, a third-year stu­dent at the Hanoi Univer­sity, out­per­formed 11 other fi­nal­ists from nine uni­ver­si­ties in terms of her lan­guage, pre­sen­ta­tion and com­edy act­ing skills, and knowl­edge of Chi- nese eco­nom­ics, pol­i­tics, so­ci­ety and cul­ture.

“After grad­u­at­ing, I want to pur­sue higher ed­u­ca­tion at the Bei­jing Nor­mal Univer­sity,” the grace­ful look­ing girl from Hanoi said, adding that she is keen as mus­tard to ex­plore the di­ver­si­fied beauty of China’s age-old cul­ture, in­clud­ing lit­er­a­ture, mar­tial arts and fea­ture films.

De­spite spend­ing a lot of time study­ing Chi­nese since she was a high school stu­dent, Tu man­ages to find time for many hob­bies. “I like Chi­nese wuxia (mar­tial heroes) nov­els and movies. So I want to visit (South­west China’s) Sichuan province to see Emei Moun­tain with my own eyes, to have bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the Emei Sect. I am also in­ter­ested in Wu­dang Kungfu,” she said, break­ing into a warm smile.

One of her fans, an au­di­ence mem­ber in the univer­sity’s meet­ing hall which was packed like sar­dines, Nguyen Van Trong, a third-year stu- dent of Chi­nese, said he is also fond of read­ing wuxia nov­els by Jin Yong and adapted to TV se­ries pro­grams like “The Re­turn of the Con­dor Heroes” with the main char­ac­ters played by Liu Yifei and Huang Xiaom­ing.

“Hav­ing a good com­mand of Chi­nese helps widen my eyes to see the big­ger pic­tures of cin­ema, lit­er­a­ture, cal­lig­ra­phy and mar­tial arts,” Trong said, adding that at his univer­sity there are ex­tra classes teach­ing Chi­nese mar­tial arts, in­clud­ing Yong Chun and Taiji.

Nguyen Vinh Quang, one of the com­pe­ti­tion’s judges, shared a sim­i­lar view, say­ing that the Chi­nese lan­guage in gen­eral, the com­pe­ti­tion in par­tic­u­lar, is a bridge to friend­ship which helps pro­mote un­der­stand­ing be­tween two peo­ples and longterm train­ing of youths, which con­trib­utes to Viet­nam-China re­la­tions.

“There are in­creas­ingly larger num­bers of Viet­namese peo­ple study­ing Chi­nese, es­pe­cially since the two coun­tries nor­mal­ized their ties. Now, some 13,000 Viet­namese stu­dents are study­ing in China,” stated Quang, vice chair­man of the Viet­nam-China Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion.

Mean­while, China has sent more and more stu­dents to Viet­nam to study Viet­namese, cre­at­ing more chances for lec­tur­ers and learn­ers from the two coun­tries to make friends with one an­other and beef up cul­tural ex­changes, he said.

Nguyen Thi Cuc Phuong, vice rec­tor of the Hanoi Univer­sity and pres­i­dent of the univer­sity’s Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute, echoed Quang’s state­ments. Study­ing Chi­nese in gen­eral and at­tend­ing rel­e­vant com­pe­ti­tions in par­tic­u­lar of­fer lec­tur­ers and stu­dents op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­change ex­pe­ri­ences and make con­nec­tions after the events, she said, not­ing that hu­man re­sources pri­or­i­tiz­ing those who have a good com­mand of Chi­nese is on the rise in Viet­nam.

Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen, lec­tur- er at the Hanoi Univer­sity’s Chi­nese Depart­ment, said many agen­cies and firms have asked for her help in find­ing po­ten­tial em­ploy­ees for them, not only grad­u­ates but also four-year stu­dents. “I am a vol­un­tary re­cruiter now,” the young lec­turer smiled.

Ac­cord­ing to Huyen, the Chi­nese Depart­ment cur­rently has more than 30 lec­tur­ers, with two-thirds of them be­ing doc­tor­ate de­gree hold­ers, the high­est rate among fac­ul­ties of the Hanoi Univer­sity, and trains some 800 stu­dents.

“In the fu­ture, our depart­ment will ex­pand its train­ing scope to new fields such as trade and tourism. In­vest­ment and trade ties be­tween Viet­nam and China are be­com­ing closer and closer, so manpower de­mand for those who mas­ter Chi­nese is in­creas­ing,” the lec­turer said, adding that peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes be­tween the two na­tions are also a huge pos­i­tive.

Hav­ing a good com­mand of Chi­nese helps widen my eyes to see the big­ger pic­tures of cin­ema, lit­er­a­ture, cal­lig­ra­phy and mar­tial arts.” Nguyen Van Trong, a third-year stu­dent of Chi­nese

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