US – BRUNEI DELEGATION’S VISIT TO BAC LIEU UNIVERSITY

               On May 28, 2013, the delegation representingThe Brunei-US English Language Enrichment Project for ASEAN had a meeting with Dr. Dao Hoang Nam – Rector of Bac Lieu University (BLU) to seek for cooperative opportunities and discuss the academic year 2014-2015 English Language Fellow (ELF) program. The delegation included Dr. Terance W.Bigalke – Director of Education Program and Project Executive Brunei-US English Enrichment Project for ASEAN accompanying with delegates on behalf of Brunei counterpart working for English Language Fellow Program.

The attendance at the meeting

               Mr. Terance gave brief introduction of ELF and the purpose of the meeting. As he said, The Brunei-US English Language Enrichment Project for ASEAN is a public diplomacy initiative included in ELF Program. It is funded by the U.S Department of States and Brunei Darussalam government to send talented, highly qualified U.S TESOL professionals to academic institutions in ASEAN countries to help improve English capability for teachers and students. Throughout teaching English, fellows will provide the methods of teaching, English speaking environment and held the English workshops, seminars,.. as well. He promised that the ELF would help strengthen and enhance English language capacity to meet BLU’s language education target.

Mr. Terance had brief information of ELF

               Later on, to welcome the delegation, Dr. Dao Hoang Nam delightfully introduced basic information about training programs and research inclinations.

             The two representatives had considerations over requirements and responsibilities of fellows. Both also discussed the living and work conditions and duties for dispatching international fellows to BLU in improving English skills for teachers and students. BLU hoped to develop English training environment with the aim of achieving the completed graduation criteria of Ministry of Education of Vietnam.

Dr. Dao Hoang Nam – Rector of BLU and Dr. Terance W.Bigalke – Director of Education Program and Project Executive Brunei-US English Enrichment Project for ASEAN

Ms. Noor Ehsan Noor Kaseh – Assistant Director, Head of teachers Training and Professional Development Unit with Dr. Nam

        Ms. DK. Siti Rosinah binti Pg. Rusli- Project Manager of Executive Brunei-US English Enrichment Project for ASEAN with Dr. Nam

               Afterthat, the US- Brunei delegation paid a visit the office of Foreign Languages Division where ELF will work and learnt about housing options for the ELFs. Mr. Nam highly appreciated the US- Brunei delegation’s visit and profoundly expressed the gratitude for supporting for the development on education, research and international cooperation of BLU.

               This visit opens prospects in bilateral intercourse between English Language Enrichment Project of ASEAN and BLU.

Translated by:  Hong Ngoc

Taken by: Duc Khanh