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Finnish School Day at Ton Duc Thang University

To commemorate the 100th Independence anniversary of Finland (1917-2017), the 45th diplomatic establishment anniversary between Vietnam and Finland, as well as the 20th establishment anniversary of Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU), The project development board of Vietnam-Finland International School (VFIS) of TDTU, in collaboration with the Embassy of Finland in Vietnam and Wise Consulting Finland Company (WCF) organized "Finnish School Day" on 28th and 29th of October, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday).

85 students from 7 to 9 years old have experienced the demo classes, with cooperative teaching methods, as genuine Finnish students. Teachers from Finland, who had led the class for two days, introduced to guests and parents that the class organization, equipment and activities during the two mornings in the classroom are daily routines in Finnish schools. Parents, teachers, and guest-educators had the opportunity to directly interact with the Ambassador, the Vice Ambassador, the Director and the Head of representatives of WCF Vietnam and Finnish teachers to learn the experience and teaching methodology of the country with the most advanced education in the world.

VFIS is the Project to build an educational system from primary to high school with Finnish education model. The school full name is Vietnam-Finland International School under TDTU, established under Decision 5834 / QD-HCMC People's Committee dated November 07th, 2016. This is the first time an international school, approved by the government, to be established in a university. VFIS construction is expected to begin in November 2017. The campus has a basement, a ground floor and 3 storeys with a total construction area over 40,000m2 on a 2-hectare site in TDTU Headquarters. The school has been designed and supervised by a Finnish architect team. Finnish experts are constructing the P-12 education program in two forms: a) the whole program is Finnish, taught in English by 100% Finnish teachers. The students will obtain International Baccalaureate Certificate upon graduation; and b) the program is regulated by the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam with 50% Vietnamese and 50% English for Vietnamese Baccalaureate; as well as designing cognition, mission, goals and pedagogical environment. The first enrollment course is scheduled for June 2019 and will accept students from Grade 1 to Grade 9 with 5-6 classes / Grade. Each class has 20-25 students.
For more information, parents and others can contact:

Department for Communication & Public relation;
Room A0006, Ton Duc Thang University; 19 Nguyen Huu Tho Street, Tan Phong Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City;
Hotline: 093 935 6789 (Msc. Nguyen Bac Huy).

Some photos of Finnish School Day 2017:


Prof. Le Vinh Danh, the President of Ton Duc Thang University delivering Opening Speech to guests and parents participating in “Finnish School Day”


Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu, Vice Chairman of the HCM City People's Committee, delivering her speech at the Finnish Education Conference. She said that establishing VFIS is a right decision, which contributes to raising the education level in Ho Chi Minh City, confirming the management capacity and training quality of TDTU.


Mr. Kari Kahiluoto, the Ambassador of the Embassy of Finland to Vietnam introducing the Finnish education


Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu and Prof. Le Vinh Danh giving thanking flowers to partners who supported the organization of Finnish School Day 2017


Finnish educators presenting teaching methodology to be applied at VFIS


Many parents came to exchange information about Finnish education and VFIS


With the dedicated teaching from the teachers, Vietnamese students are learning as genuine Finnish students


Students are more active in the learning space of the Finnish Classroom


Parent monitoring the class which was live broadcasted to Hall F


Lunch is also different at Finnish School Day


Students taking pictures and receiving souvenirs from Finnish teachers at the end of the "Finnish School Day" at TDTU with many interesting and useful experiences


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