Launching of the “50 Student Environmental Ambassadors in Vietnam 2020” projectSunwah Vietnam
(6 November 2020)
Sunwah – On the morning of 6 November 2020, the Opening Ceremony of the “50 Student Environmental Ambassadors in Vietnam 2020” project took place at the ULIS – Jonathan KS Choi Cultural Centre, located in the campus of Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNUHN). The event was attended by Mr Dang Minh Khoi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr Peng Shituan, Cultural Attache of Chinese Embassy in Vietnam; Ms Vo Thinh Hien, Deputy Chief of Vietnam Environment Administration Office, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; Mr Pham Nhu Nghe, Deputy Director General, Higher Education Department, Ministry of Education and Training together with the teachers and students from various universities across Vietnam. The ceremony has kicked start a series of celebratory events of Sunwah Group’s 50th Anniversary of operations in Vietnam.
The “50 Student Environmental Ambassadors in Vietnam 2020” project is organized by Sunwah Foundation (the social services arm of Sunwah Group) and co-organized by VNUHN from 6 to 10 November 2020. The project will train 50 students from prestigious universities across the country including VNUHN, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City, Hue University and Can Tho University. After the training, the 50 students will become Environmental Ambassadors, actively involving in protecting the environment and enhancing environmental awareness in the community.
Mr Jesse Choi (first row, sixth from right), CEO of Sunwah Innovations and Director of Sunwah Vietnam, 50 Student Ambassadors, Guests of Honors and teachers attending the Opening Ceremony
During the Opening Ceremony, an International Conference on “Green Growth and Sustainable Development” was held with the participation of the experts from Kyushu University (Japan), University of Alberta (Canada), Michigan State University (USA), Hong Kong and VNUHN. The international experts shared their insights and experiences, covering a wide range of topics including sustainable construction and design; the role of national parks; groundwater and subsurface water impacted by acid mine drainage; climate change affecting the Arctic and Antarctica; and technologies for mitigating CO2 emission.
After the Conference, 50 ambassadors will join a 4-day training course with notable environmental experts from Vietnam and abroad for knowledge and skills to develop and run their own environmental projects. The projects are aimed at raising public awareness towards addressing environmental issues in Vietnam. They will be divided into 10 teams and will receive financial support from Sunwah Foundation to carry out their projects in their community. A winning team with the best project will be awarded with an environmental study trip to Canada next summer.
50 Student Environmental Ambassadors
Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, Dr Jonathan Choi, Chairman of Sunwah Group and Sunwah Foundation, said, “We hope to expand the impact of our project to 500, then 5,000 and more student environmental ambassadors across Vietnam. Sunwah Foundation and Jonathan KS Choi Foundation will continue to support environment-related projects in Vietnam.” Dr Choi has always emphasized the crucial role of education to build the willpower and confidence of young people as they are our future.
Dr Jonathan Choi, Chairman of Sunwah Group and Sunwah Foundation
Mr Jesse Choi, CEO of Sunwah Innovations and Director of Sunwah Vietnam, in his welcome remarks, expressed Sunwah’s sincerest thanks to VNUHN, various Ministries, universities, organizations, experts, mentors and students for making this project come true.
Mr Jesse Choi, CEO of Sunwah Innovations and Director of Sunwah Vietnam
Mr Dang Minh Khoi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivered a congratulatory message and expressed great appreciation towards Sunwah’s significant contributions to the socio-economic development of Vietnam over the past 50 years. Three generations of the Choi family has been their continuous support to Vietnam’s development as well as during difficult times like the donations to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and recent severe floods and landslides in the Central of Vietnam.
Mr Dang Minh Khoi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
On behalf of VNUHN, Vice President Pham Bao Son made a speech to congratulate on the Group’s 50th Anniversary in Vietnam and expressed his confidence in the success of the “50 Student Environmental Ambassadors in Vietnam 2020” program. He hoped that Sunwah Group would continue to support the educational and cultural enrichment for the young generation and implement more social projects in Vietnam.
Assoc. Prof Pham Bao Son, Vice President of VNUHN
Speaking at the Ceremony, Ms Vo Thinh Hien, Deputy Chief of Vietnam Environment Administration Office, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and Mr Pham Nhu Nghe, Deputy Director General, Higher Education Department, Ministry of Education and Training, also highly appreciated this meaningful environmental project and hope that more useful solutions on environmental protection will be exchanged, discussed and proposed to be applied into practice during the training and there would be more activities on environmental education jointly organized by VNUHN and Sunwah Foundation .
Apart from Environmental Protection, in late 2020 and 2021, Sunwah Group will also launch various projects to contribute Sunwah’s international networks in Innovation Technology, Culture and Film to respective sectors in Vietnam for its 50th Anniversary.
Mr Jesse Choi (third from left), and Guests of Honor including Assoc. Prof. Pham Bao Son (second from left), Deputy Minister Dang Minh Khoi (third from right) and Mr Peng Shituan (second from right), Cultural Attache of Chinese Embassy in Vietnam