It has been exciting to be in Vietnam at this time…so much is happening. And so much hope for the future. It was a privilege to be a Fulbright Specialist and work with so many fine administrators, faculty and staff, and of course, the students!
We ride past the University of Technology (the top university of VNU-HCM in terms of grades) and find out that this group of engineering students have volunteered as part of a student group to do some clean up work around their university.(They are about ready to begin.) My friend tells me that the objective is for them to experience and value physical labor. Especially important, she says, for students from urban areas.
All students at VNU-HCM need to complete a three week course here before receiving their diplomas.
We stop and talk (my friend, that is) and find out that he owns this herd of about 12 cows.
On our bike trip we ride around a brand new community which is being constructed. Here is a single family home.
Before my leaving, my friend and I decide to take one more bike ride to explore the expanding campus. We wait for the late afternoon when it will be cooler. The “V” sign for Vietnamese means “Hi”!
The triplet girls, 26 months old, are the daughters of one of the staff members at the Office of External Relations at VNU-HCM, which was in charge of my Fulbright program at the University.
We gather at a very famous restaurant near the port of Ho Chi Minh city. What a group! What a great time it has been!