Lecturers of Van Lang University cooperated with FCG Finland to win international competition on Highly Interactive Innovation District of HCMC

(Van Lang, Dec 12th, 2019) – On November 23rd, 2019, Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee organized an award ceremony for “The International Competition on Planning initiatives to develop of Highly Interactive Innovative Districts (HIID) of the city’s eastern area”. Ms. Doan Thi Kieu Oanh - Lecturer of Faculty of Foreign Languages, Van Lang University, had interesting sharing after the competition with Consolation Prize with the team.

Vlu and FCG Finland win international competition aA part of District 9 (Ho Chi Minh City) in the innovative and highly interactive urban development. (Photo: TNO)

Overcoming 17 teams in the qualifying round, 6 teams from the US, Japan, the Kingdom of Belgium, Singapore, Switzerland and FCG (Finnish Consulting Group Ltd.) participated in the final round on November 23rd, 2019.  Van Lang University - which is honored to be the Vietnamese unit work alongside with HAPICO (Hoang An Urban Infrastructure and Construction Planning Consulting Joint Stock Company) to cooperate and support FCG during the competition.

Vlu and FCG Finland win international competition bVan Lang University’s lecturers instructing and supporting students and FCG Finland included: PhD. Ngo Minh Hung - Head of International Cooperation & Scientific Research Department, Ms. Doan Thi Kieu Oanh - Lecturer of Faculty of Foreign Languages, Ms. Mai Le Ngoc Ha - Lecturer of Faculty of Architecture. (Photo: the group presented at the final round of the competition, October 15th, 2019)

Vlu and FCG Finland win international competition cFieldtrip of FCG on June 2019

Ms. Doan Thi Kieu Oanh - Lecturer of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, said: “The project started by leading FCG delegation to visit District 9 in June, 2019. When I arrived there, I was surprised by the peacefulness of this area, just like at the countryside. I saw a green space, even flocks of sheep, 200-year-old temples with unique architecture and the Historical and Cultural Park. It was also the first time I knew that there are more interesting things in Saigon than high-rises and shopping malls.

After surveying, the Finnish team planed and discussed with Vietnamese members to come up with an appropriate design plan. It was such a difficult time when we could not arrange meetings due to busy workload and different time-zone. I became a "carrier pigeon". After meeting with this side, I summarized and informed the other. I became familiar with planning maps, the colors of the map, and read documents related to urban planning. It is quite interesting. The two sides always listened to each other's opinions and made timely adjustments. 

Vlu and FCG Finland win international competition dWhen the architects couldn’t come because of unexpected work, I had to report at the awards ceremony. It was challenging indeed. Standing in front of a large hall, reporting a non-professional issue, I was quaking with fear. Fortunately, everything ended well.

Vlu and FCG Finland win international competition eThe dominant idea of the group is to offer solutions for the improvement and development of the current traffic artery in order to connect public transport and logistics, strengthen regional connectivity between Binh Duong province and Dong Nai province with the center of the East of Ho Chi Minh City (via Thanh Da peninsula), enhance the coordination between emergent urban areas and industrial parks. In addition, the project focused on creating discussion forums to integrate citizens into the entire development process of the city, which users co-create and co-explore, check and evaluate new ideas, new products so as to apply to improve urban life.

The Finnish team won the Consolation Prize, which is worth VND 400 million. Despite not reaching the highest expectation, this is a great achievement of hard work and solidarity.

The most special thing in Van Lang team is that there are two students majoring in Architecture accompanied with lectures: Nguyen Pham Nhat Tu, a senior (5th year) and Vu Le Minh Quan, a fourth-year student. Encouraging students to participate in a major competition, seeing them have a chance to experience and gain practical experience of the future work are the aspiration of our university.

Vlu and FCG Finland win international competition fIn the morning of December 9th, 2019, on behalf of University's leaders, Mr. Nguyen Cao Tri - Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Van Lang University, awarded certificates for instructors and participants in the international competition “Planning Concept of Highly Interactive Innovative Districts (HIID) – Ho Chi Minh City”.


Source: Oanh Doan
Translator: Ngoc Phuong Ho
Edited by: Hoai Pham

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