The Ho Chi Minh City University of Industry (HUI), in partnership with the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST Canada,) conferred 87 graduates with the two-year Business Administration diploma Saturday.
The graduation ceremony HUI's third cohort after 5 years in partnership with SIAST was held on the school's main campus in Ho Chi Minh City's Go Vap district.
Consul General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City, Audri Mukhopadhyay, delivered the convocation address.
"During your studies, you have formed a relationship with Canada"¦ every graduate of SIAST is part of the idea of Canada. An idea so powerful, that our institutions can provide meaningful education to students half a world away," said Consul General Mukhopadhyay.
SIAST academic program head Rick Wagman delivered the diplomas to graduates at the ceremony, in his second trip to Vietnam to take part in the annual graduation.
"I am particularly impressed with academic achievement level of the graduates, and with the fact the SIAST students in Vietnam achieve their success in their second language English," Wagman said.
SIAST awarded 6 of the top 2010 graduates with scholarships ranging from US$250 to US$500. The top two students were Tran Le Mai Phuong and Huynh Thi Kieu Oanh, followed by Nguyen Hoang Xuan Y, Nguyen Thi Quynh Nhi, Nguyen Thi Xuan Huong and Huynh Huu Phuoc. The top graduates were chosen based on academic grade point average.
The entertainment portion of the graduation ceremony featured SIAST students strutting their stuff with song and dance performances to entertain guests.
Wagman said he felt students' enthusiasm for the program comes out in the performances. "The talent of these students is incredible; it's great that the SIAST program in Vietnam encourages a combination of education with the performing arts. Student morale is great here because of that."
Throughout the year, SIAST- HUI students volunteer with the Canadian Consulate to help put on special events and fund raisers, including the Terry Fox Run, as well as other charities that benefit the people of Vietnam.
Also attending the ceremony from Canada, were University of Regina international coordinator Ashley Yeaman and University of Saskatchewan International student recruiter Rosalie Hughes.
The two, in Vietnam to take part in Canada education week in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, held workshops for the graduates to detail opportunities for further study at their respective campuses back in Canada.
Both the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan have offered conditional letters of acceptance toward undergraduate degree programs for those HUI-SIAST business administration graduates who qualify.
With the Canadian diploma certification, graduates then have the opportunity to finish an undergraduate degree in Business Administration in Canada within two years, or obtain their MBA in as little as four.
SIAST is a leading Canadian polytechnic institute, with campuses in four cities throughout the province of Saskatchewan. SIAST head office is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
HUI has been in partnership with SIAST since 1997, cooperating on a variety of levels, including instructor exchange and student internships.
The institutional partnership eventually evolved into offering the SIAST Business Administration diploma with the first-ever cohort commencing study in 2006.