Taiwan design shines in Vietnam
In response to the southbound policy of Ministry of Education (MOE), Professor of Asia University, Apex, Pang-Soong Lin, led an executive team to Vietnam to promote Taiwan International Student Design Competition (TISDC) and to encourage students in Vietnam to join.
In response to the southbound policy of Youth Development Administration, Chair Professor and project director of Asia University, Apex, Pang-Soong Lin, and Sean C.K. Lee led a team to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to promote TISDC and encourage students to partake in the competition. In April 20th, Vietnam &Taiwan Design Education Talk was held in Nikko Hotel in Hanoi. The visit resulted in a significant achievement with 20 universities and professors joining the talk and sharing experience, analyzing strategy, and establishing communication.
TISDC is organized by the Ministry of Education, executed by Department of Visual Communication Design, Asia University. It is also sponsored by Sayling Wen Cultural & Educational Foundation, and iSee Taiwan Foundation. Last year, TISDC cooperated with 15 acclaimed international design associations to authorize awards. 2016 TISDC also attracted total 69 countries/region worldwide, 882 schools, and received more than 14,000 entries. It has become the biggest design competition with the total reward up to USD 160,000. This year, in response to the southbound policy of Youth Development Administration, Chair Professor Apex, Pang-Soong Lin, and Sean C.K. Lee lead the quadrumvirate to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. They spent 5 days from April 19-23 in Vietnam promoting TISDC.
Professor Lin explained: “It is the first time that a team from Taiwan has come to Vietnam to promote ideas of creative design. It is arguably an ice-breaking visit!” The team had visited college of arts and design in 4 well-known universities since April 19th: Vietnam University of Fine Art, University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh City, Ton Duc Thang University, and a private university, FPT University. They promoted TISDC and introduced the competition rules.
In April 20th, Vietnam &Taiwan Design Education Talk was held in Nikko Hotel and it was worth mentioning that the students’ award winning works were also exhibited in the venue. Professor Lin thanked Mr. Pham Huyen Kieu’s (Director of HAKI Design Company and the organizer of British Council of Education Exhibition) assistance in inviting more than 20 universities and 50 professors in Hanoi to attend the talk. It fitted perfectly with this year’s theme “Opportunity.” The team hoped to encourage outstanding students in Vietnam to join the competition and to grasp the opportunity of connecting with international design. In the venue of Vietnam &Taiwan Design Education Talk, it was rather precious that Taiwan was emphasized as the organizer of this global design competition. Moreover, Asia University has been brought up several times as being a bridge to engage in a communication of design education between Vietnam and Taiwan.
The president of Asia University, Jing-Pha Tsai highly approved this visit. He said that Asia University is having a head start over other universities in executing MOE’s southbound policy. Asia University is particularly brilliant in delivering creative design knowledge: providing the best teaching models among institutes of higher education in Taiwan as well as winning the first place in MOE’s International Design Competition. Asia University exchanges the teaching models and the experience of cultivating talents with Vietnam. In the future, Asia University will continue to develop the cooperation of design education, brand promotion, and talent cultivation between Taiwan and Vietnam. Eventually making Asia University a model and benchmark for executing MOE’s policies.
Ton Duc Thang University was named after the former Vice-President of Vietnam, Ton Duc Thang. The chairman of Graphic Design Department, Nguyen Thi Thuy Van said: “We are looking forward to seeing professors from Taiwan who aim to promote TISDC and to provide information about the competition. It is great!” Since many Vietnamese students have never joined any international design competitions, this activity has encouraged them considerably. All Vietnamese professors and students are now keen to partake in the competition. The students will continue to follow the TISDC with interest. All in all, this visit has built a platform of design education between Vietnam and Taiwan.
Caption:FPT University Group Photo
Caption: Vietnam University of Fine Art Group Photo
Caption: Vietnam &Taiwan Design Education Talk
Caption: Appreciation to Pham Huyen Kieu (Director of HAKI Design Company and the organizer of British Council of Education Exhibition)
Caption: Vietnam &Taiwan Design Education Talk
Caption: Ton Duc Thang University