Hanoi Kids Club from Vietnam Visits Yamaguchi University

 On Tuesday, June 13th, the Hanoi Kids Club from Vietnam visited Yamaguchi University (YU) and paid a courtesy call on President Oka. Hanoi Kids Club was established in Hanoi by a graduate of the United Graduate School of Veterinary Science, Ms. Bui Thi To Nga, after she went back to Vietnam. Currently, the members of the Kids Club are studying Japanese language using Skype with the “Hirakawa-no Kaze-no Kai (Yamaguchi City).” They visited Yamaguchi as a part of their exchange with “Hirakawa-no Kaze-no Kai.” The founder of the Club also arranged a visit to YU in hopes that their members would study at here in the future.

After the meeting with the president, the kids club attended a lesson in “Yosakoi” dance taught by members of the YU student dance team “Yosakoi Yassan.” The children enjoyed their first attempt at Yosakoi.

YU hosted a welcome party for Hanoi Kids Club. YU staff, students, graduates from Vietnam and their children joined the event. During the party, Hanoi Kids Club and Vietnamese students performed traditional Vietnamese dance and music. The party hit full swing after their performance. At the end of the party, President Oka gave presents to each of the children, who looked delighted to receive Yama-Me souvenirs. We hope they will strive to study the Japanese language more and more so they can study at YU. We look forward to meeting them again.

Following the party, the meeting of YU Overseas Alumni Association Vietnam Chapter was held. The members, including current Vietnamese students, pledged to stay connected to YU after their graduation. We hope to see activate exchange between our faculty and graduates in both countries. Yamaguchi University strives to continue cooperating with and strengthening our support for overseas alumni.