Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



APU student wins second prize in top essay contest

Jul 14, 2006

With her essay on international exchange, Le Hoang Ngoc Yen (GSA-APS2, Vietnam) won second prize in the prestigious International Herald Tribune/The Asahi Shimbun college-student essay writing contest.Over 400 essays were submitted by students from approximately 70 Japanese and 30 foreign colleges, on topics ranging from Japanese culture, information technology and the experience of international exchanges.

Ms. Le Hoang Ngoc Yen said, "I wrote drawing on my own personal experiences of studying at APU alongside students from all five continents of the world. I argued that "international exchange" does not simply mean getting to know people from far away places, but is about connecting with people who live in close proximity to you such as your neighbors and friends. I used APU as an example where on a daily basis students have the chance to interact with students from over 70 nations across the globe."

I hope to use the 50,000 yen prize money to collect data for my thesis in my home country of Vietnam.

APU students put in a wonderful effort with 36 submissions and a letter of thanks was presented to APU from the International Herald Tribune.

The award ceremony was held in Tokyo on July 11.

This news is also posted on asahi.com.

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