On April 23, the latest round of “Asian Cultural Heritage Preservation and Sustainable Solutions” competition organized by UNESCO was officially held at Zhongshan University, Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, China. Vietnam has the only representative, Hoa Binh University, to participate with two teams: Trang An Group and Thang Long Imperial Citadel Group.
The two teams excelled against 576 other contenders from across Asia to enter the top 20 competing in the final round (including 3 teams from the Philippines, 1 team from Malaysia, 3 teams from Indonesia, 2 teams from Macau, 1 group from Tajikistan, 8 groups from China and two groups from Vietnam). In the end, both teams won prizes, with Trang An’s group winning third prize and Hoang Thanh’s group winning the consolation prize.
In the competition, teams will have about 10 minutes to present their sustainable and viable proposals and solutions to preserve cultural heritage and develop local tourism in famous places, tourist spots or specific areas of their home country. After that, the judges will ask leading questions to the competing teams, and each team has about 7 minutes to ask and answer questions with the judges. Points of difference are awarded based on the results of the project proposal for solutions, video description and live presentation.
It is known that the jury of the contest are professors and doctors from the most diverse countries and territories such as China, Vietnam, Macau, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines… The 20 teams are divided into two sessions, morning and in the afternoon, each session is made up of 10 teams and 9 different judges to ensure the most objective and unbiased teams.
Assistant professor, Dr. Kreangkrai Kirdsiri (Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)- 1 of the 16 competition jury members highly appreciated the offer from two teams from Vietnam:
“I really enjoyed introducing the two Vietnamese groups. The Trang An team did very well, thinking coherently and the solutions were very workable. As for the Thang Long Imperial Fortress group, you remind me of my student days because of the youthful energy and joy you bring to the hall.”
After the last day of competition, the delegation continued to participate in other activities within the scope of the competition calendar such as: heritage preservation workshop, presentation of cultural shows, exchange of gifts between groups, visit to ancient villages… Day 25 of April , the delegation will head to the city of Lac Duong to participate in a field survey with the organizers. On April 29, the Hoa Binh University student group will return to Vietnam.
He shared with Vietnam Electronic Journal of Education reporter Dr. Tran Diem Hung – Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Tourism at Hoa Binh University (He is also the head of the Vietnamese delegation participating in the competition in China) he expressed his happiness and pride for the achievements of the two teams. She said, “This trip to China with our group of students from Hoa Binh University is not just to enter a competition. This is also an opportunity to bring the aspirations and youthfulness of Vietnamese youth to enhance exchange with friends from all over the world.
At the end of the competition, students from different countries also have the opportunity to exchange and discuss more about how they can study and protect the heritage of each country. In particular, the opportunity to expand knowledge by interacting directly with leading professors in the field of tourism and culture in countries and territories such as China, Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia.
Nguyen Manh Tung – One of Trang An’s teammates couldn’t hide his joy when he won the competition’s third prize after his efforts. While participating in the competition, Tong said, while participating in the competition, the delegation members and I had the opportunity to interact directly with students from other countries. As interacting in parallel activities, I was really impressed by the dynamism, friendliness, multi-talented students from different countries. The competition is A wonderful bridge to help us communicate, exchange and learn from each other “Contest” Preserving Asian Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Solutions “Competition Held for the first time in late 2022, it is aimed at young people and teenagers who students studying in Vietnam: The competition aims to call for proposals focusing on the theme of preserving Asian cultural heritage and its use in the context of climate change. The contest aims to promote heritage education among Asian countries, sharing the best solutions related to the protection and use of cultural heritage, spreading the concept of sustainable development