Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) officially launched a Vietnamese Corner at the university’s library complex with the donation of 50 Vietnamese cultural books by the Vietnamese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam.
Officiating the launch were UTB Vice-Chancellor Datin Paduka Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman and Ambassador of Vietnam to Brunei Darussalam Tran Van Khoa.
The ambassador said the donated books were contributed by the Vietnam Intangible Cultural Heritage Centre.
“These books have been selected to bring an introduction to Vietnamese history, culture, past and present lifestyles, as well as more refined stories of Vietnamese world-renowned figures, including President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap.
“I hope this collection of books will be beneficial to the students and the public who come to the library to seek further knowledge on Vietnam,” he added.
The ambassador also extended his appreciation to UTB for the establishment of the Vietnam Corner at its library and promised that the collection of books will be expanded in the future.
Meanwhile, Datin Paduka Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah expressed her gratitude on behalf of the university to the Embassy of Vietnam in Brunei Darussalam for the book donation that covers diverse topics including Vietnam’s culture, history, art, literature, education and language.
The vice-chancellor added that cultural exchange and book donation contribute to UTB’s efforts to develop its students into global citizens who appreciate cultural viewpoints and are sensitive to issues affecting the global community. She said the UTB Library recently subscribed to Perlego and Ebscohost, e-book platforms to further support the need of the UTB community.
Perlego offers unlimited access to over 900,000 textbooks in over 950 subjects and sub-topics, including more than 1,000 titles related to Vietnam.
The library also features two online databases which can be accessed remotely, she added.
Meanwhile, the launch was enlivened with a cultural dance performance featuring invited dancers from the Vietnam Intangible Cultural Heritage Centre.
A dialogue session on ‘Application of Technology and Communication in the Field of Cultural Industry Creative Industry, and Production of National Cultural Products’ by Association Professor Dr Dinh Hong Hai, a cultural anthropology specialist from Vietnam National University was also held.