International University students win English eloquence contest in HCMC

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Brian O'Reilly (1st, R), President of AusCham Vietnam, awards the champion of the E-Biz Arena contest, which wrapped up November 24 in HCMC. Photo credit: FTU Brian O'Reilly (1st, R), President of AusCham Vietnam, awards the champion of the E-Biz Arena contest, which wrapped up November 24 in HCMC. Photo credit: FTU

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An English eloquence contest for students from Ho Chi Minh City-based universities concluded on Monday with a team of the International University becoming the champion.
Twelve students of four teams from the Foreign Trade University, the International University, and the University of Education competed at the final, themed "The Knight," of the E-Biz Arena contest by delivering their eloquent speeches on opportunities, challenges, and solutions for Vietnam to sign free trade pacts.
The judges, including President of AusCham Vietnam Brian O'Reilly, chose two teams -- MakeColour of the Foreign Trade University and Gravitas of the International University -- to enter the debate section on whether enterprises should be forced to pay interns.
The “shouldn’t” analyses of Gravitas were considered more convincing than the “should” analyses of MakeColour.
Thus, Gravitas won the first prize, which included VND7 million (US$329) in cash and scholarships worth VND48 million granted by YOLA English Center and Banking Profession Practicing and Training Center Viet Victory.
The second prize winner, MakeColour, received VND5 million ($235) in cash and scholarships worth VND24 million from the two centers.
Two other teams – HKL and Little Mix – shared the third prize as each got VND2.5 million in cash and scholarships worth VND12 million from the two centers.
The four teams have made it through the three qualifying rounds -- namely Upbringing, The Page and The Squire -- of the contest, which was launched by the English clubs of the Foreign Trade University and the HCMC's Labor Culture Palace on October 5.
Tran Kim Anh, head of the Foreign Trade University’s English club, said the contest’s biggest value was helping students enlarge their knowledge of business and improve eloquence and debate skills.

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