Language is one of the identities used to facilitate someone to communicate. Every country in this world must have a language that describes the characteristics of the country itself. Therefore, in building a friendship between countries, one of which is to learn the language of other countries and create harmony in international friendship. This was recently demonstrated by Hanoi, the capital of the Vietnam Socialist Republic, which applied Indonesian language lecture material at one of Hanoi’s largest universities.
Indonesian Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Ibnu Hadi and Chancellor of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University Pham Quang Minh signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Teaching Indonesian Language at USSH VNU Hanoi on Friday (15/02). With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, the Indonesian Language officially became one of the subjects at Hanoi’s USSH VNU.
Indonesian Ambassador to Hanoi Ibnu Hadi conveyed his appreciation to the USSH VNU Hanoi in helping promote Indonesian in Vietnam. He hopes the teaching of Indonesian Language can take place on an ongoing basis.
The Indonesian Ambassador to Hanoi also invited students who attended the event to learn Indonesian in Indonesia through the Darmasiswa scholarship.
In response, VNU Hanoi USSH Chancellor Prof. Pham Quang Minh said that teaching Bahasa Indonesia at USSH VNU Hanoi was part of the duties and mission of USSH VNU Hanoi to contribute to enhancing Vietnam’s role in ASEAN through the 4th largest number of language speakers in the world and first in ASEAN.
USSH VNU Hanoi feels proud to be the first university in Hanoi to have Indonesian language courses.
The Indonesian Language course will be taught for the first time on February 18, 2019, with the support of Indonesian Language lecturers for Foreign Speakers (BIPA) from the Center for Language Development and Diplomacy Development, Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia.
Indonesian language which is planned to be taught 4 (four) times in one week will be part of the Southeast Asian study program at the Faculty of Oriental Studies.
Teaching Indonesian at Hanoi’s VNU USSH is also one of the implementations of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Education signed in 2017 during the visit of Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong to Jakarta.
This effort is expected to further strengthen the strategic partnership between Indonesia and Vietnam by encouraging the younger generation of Vietnamese to become more familiar with Indonesia.
The Indonesian Embassy in Hanoi first opened Indonesian Language teaching at the end of August 2018 in 2 (two) places, namely the Indonesian Promotion Center – Indo Umah which is open to the general public and Hanoi University as an extracurricular program. Teaching in both places received a positive response with the number of students reaching 200 people.