Visit provides insight into Vietnam’s start-ups

Azlan Othman

Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) through the Faculty of Economics and Islamic Finance (FEKIm) organised a study visit programme to Saigon and Ben Tre, Vietnam recently.

The visit was part of an annual progamme and marked the 3rd time it has been held, after visits to Kuala Lumpur in 2016, and to Jakarta in 2018.

This year, the programme received support from LiveWIRE Brunei, with the theme ‘Business Start-up Exploration’.

Three lecturers and four FEKIm students participated. Joining the group were three participants from LiveWIRE Brunei – Programme Director of LiveWIRE Brunei Pengiran Redzuan bin Pengiran Haji Abbas, Senior Business Counsellor of LiveWIRE Brunei Mohammad Fadhilullah Tudun bin Haji Hassan and LiveWIRE Brunei student Johari bin Ibrahim cum Manager of JOCON Contractor.

Dean of FEKIm Dr Abdul Nasir bin Haji Abdul Rani led the group.

Vietnam was selected as a strategic destination as it has been named one of the best hubs in the world for business start-ups.

The delegation in a group photo

The objective of the visit was to gain knowledge and experience on business practices that can be developed in the curriculum at FEKIm and to look at the opportunities for collaboration between FEKIm and universities and industries in Vietnam, especially in the development of Study Abroad Programme, Student Exchange Programme, and Overseas Attachment and Internship Programme.

In Saigon, the group visited Quang Trung Software City (QTSC), Information Technology Park (ITP), Van Lang University, and the University of Economics and Finance (UEF).

In Ben Tre, the group visited the Mekong Software and Innovation Technology Park, and the Tien Gian University.

They also attended a business start-up talk session presented by five speakers.

Dr Huynh Nhut Nghia spoke on ‘Vietnam Start-up Landscape’, Will Frith on ‘Specialty Coffee in Vietnam: Saigon and Dalat’, while Phan Vu Giap presented on ‘Beehexa: Connecting Applications and Automating Business Operation’.

Brunei representatives Pengiran Redzuan spoke on ‘Accelerating Ideas: All about LiveWIRE Brunei’, while Johari on Entrepreneurship Talk: JOCON Contractor’.

The delegation also experienced firsthand on how businesses operate in some companies, such as honey bees, coconut milk products, paper rice, handicraft-making, brick-making, and local Chinese businesses in China Town and Ben Than Market.