Friday, May 01, 2015

Vietnam War and Lunghwa University of Science and Technology

Forty years ago yesterday, on April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese tanks and troops smashed the main gate and swarmed into the compound of the presidential palace in Saigon, now Ho Chi Ming City then the capital of South Vietnam symbolizing the end of the war and unifying Vietnam. Never in the history of the world have any people managed to fight against four super powers: China, Japan, France, and the United States and acquire a final victory except the Vietnamese. Their final victory was gained through blood and sacrifice.

In 1986 when I first came to Lunghwa as a fulltime teacher, veteran teachers told me that the founding of our school was related to the war in Vietnam. How’s that? They said the founder of our school, Mr. Sun Fa-min, also the chair of Pacific Electric Wire & Cable Co., Ltd., sold wire and cable to the war-torn Vietnam and made great bucks. Mr. Sun, a Confucian industrialist, thought of investing the money he made to produce more technicians needed in our national development, so he bought a piece of land in Hueilong area and founded Lunghwa Junior College of Technology. This school was upgrade to become a technical university in 2001.

Now the Vietnamese students constitute the second largest foreign student population in our school. They regularly hold Vietnamese cultural week to introduce their culture, and our school has close exchange programs with our sister schools in Vietnam. 

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