Instead of having to undergo stress caused by the standard final exam at the end of the course, students of The Saigon International University are tasked to work together and freely organize a project within 4 weeks. The score is calculated based on the degree of success of the project and the participation and input of each student. This particular method has been applied at SIU in recent years and received positive feedback.
“Memories” is the name of the project required to complete the course of Human Resource Management. This project was conceptualized and carried out at Fleming Campus by Course 6 students on the 20th of November. This project included a special art program depicting student life. Not only did the students perform on stage but they also organized the entire event themselves.
The program’s theme revolves around the central message, “Celebrating Memories”, which the students conveyed through a diverse performance repertoire that includes drama, singing, dancing, magic and concert that lasted for 2 hours. With a combination of elaborate stage production and natural talents, the students made the audience laugh and cry with perfomances that elicit memories of love that bonds countrymen, families and friends. The show also highlighted the special relationship between teachers and students as they celebrate Vietnamese Teachers’ Day on the 20th of November.
If the stage is where students flourish with artistic inspiration, behind the scenes, each member becomes an important link in the crew. They worked like professionals; they cooperated and coordinated with each other in overseeing the program. Pham Doan An Tam, a Foreign Trade major said: “Each member has a specific contribution to the project based on his strengths. For instance, I have experience on stage design, so I am in charge of that. Other students took the role of MC, photographer, performer, sound technician, IT, etc. We divided the work fairly equally to all members, jointly handling difficulties and solving problems that arise in the implementation process. This helped us bond with each other and learned many valuable things along the way.
Talking about this practical examination, Mr. Nguyen Van My said, “This is one of the methods that increases practical experience. It gives students an opportunity to express themselves and discover their potential through hands-on experience. By participating in this project, students are able to learn a variety of important skills related to personnel work such as event organization, human resource management, leadership, communication and cooperation.”
Student-centered learning, wherein the teacher only acts as a guide and facilitator, is a modern teaching method that has been applied at SIU to promote and produce positive, creative and active students. As a result, this method has formed a comfortable, fascinating and energetic learning environment that fits with the current modern academic trends in leading universities around the world.
Let’s take a look at some of the remarkable moments in the event:
The 6th course students of The Saigon International University – The Planners, Participants and Directors of their own event named “Memories”
The program, which lasted more than 2 hours, offered a variety of carefully arranged interesting activities, game shows and dramas that really drove the audience “crazy”!
They were really showing their talents in using music to tell stories.
Thrilled with the impressive and entertaining magic and dance shows!
By letting the audience participate in the game show, they made the program even more unforgettable.
The project became one of the most memorable events and gave the students useful lessons.
The students’ feelings after the events:
Luu Tran Tuyet Nhi – a student majoring in Business Administration
“Memories” was a wonderful event for me. All of us tried our best to create an atmosphere of warmth and joy. The combination of learning and practicing really made me interested and excited”
Tran Hoang Hung – a student of class 14DDN
“As a spectator, I found the show really amazing, incredible and impressive. The content was meaningful and full of surprises after surprises. The program was done very professionally”
Nguyen Thi Thanh Truc – a student majoring in English Language
“Starting from preparation up to the moment when the program actually happened, we really had a great time together that was very meaningful and cool! In addition to learning and practical experience, we had the opportunity to strengthen friendships and together create a lot of memories that we will never forget.”
Lecturer Ho Ngoc Bac
“Sitting in the audience, I felt very pleased and impressed by the shows performed by the students of Course 6. The students prepared very well, coordinated and cooperated with each other, and overall looked very professional. I believe each student has gained valuable experience that will prove useful in their future jobs.”