Professor Tran Quoc Vuong with the mission to open training tourism at the university level

Thursday - 19/10/2017 09:43


The modern world is constantly changing and evolving, accompanied by the process of improving the quality of life, motivating people to seek and improve their forms of recreation or discovery, Considering it as a labor regeneration as well as mental stability. People have Relaxation psychology (Relaxation), Exotic psychology (Exotique), like to learn, learn new. Tourism, as an integrated service economy, not only fulfills those needs but also helps people become more attached to nature (through Eco Tourism), more sympathetic to culture (through Cultural Tourism), turning this activity into a necessity in social and cultural life.

In Vietnam, the transformation of the economy from bureaucratic bureaucratic to the socialist-oriented market economy, accepting multiple economic sectors working together, also opens a new door for tourism activities when the country accepts, actively participate, develop the "open" direction. It is for this reason that Tourism Science was born as a scholarly way of preparing students - a source of high quality future employment, a strong and confident mind to face a new economy - social, and provide them with a solid foundation of specialized knowledge of the industry. In addition, tourism allows people with strong interest in the field the opportunity to pursue further research, contributing to the standardization, internationalization of theories of tourism to serve activities outside of reality. Professor Tran Quoc Vuong has recognized these values early on; and with the style of exploring and opening new directions, he was present and accompanied from the first days of the Faculty of Tourism Studies - applied science and technology in the environment of the university training in science. The nation's largest association: University of Social Science and Humanity, VNU

From Conception

The Western conception of tourism in terms of semantics is centered around the word Tourism and Tourist. Scholar William. F. Theobald in Global Tourism (1998) argues that the word Tour comes from Latin tornare and / or Greek tornos to indicate a circle, a closed movement around a focal point or a shaft. -ism is an action, process, characteristic behavior / behavior or quality element; The suffix -ist refers to the person who performs the action. When combining these linguistic elements, one has a simple understanding that Travel is a moving action into a closed loop, leaving a point and ending the journey by returning to that point. Visitors, is the person who performs this action.

            Contemporary conception divides understanding of tourism into many directions. The French school of A. Houlot (1961) considers the word tour derived from the Aramaic language, a non-Aramaic language family with a 3000-year history, including Hebrew. Accordingly, Tur refers to the exploration, exploration and movement of mankind, first mentioned when the Bible depicts Moses going to the ancient Canaan (present-day West Asia). Another view is that the word Angle is derived from Anglo-Saxon Torn, used since the 12th century to refer to a sure return journey. Over time, this term refers to explorations for the purpose of learning about culture, civilization, the accumulation of more knowledge, and the use of it to govern. (M.Korstanje, 2007).

Without denying Western explanations, Professor Tran Quoc Vuong has a somewhat more Oriental view of the concept of Tourism. He said that tourism is a Sino-Vietnamese word, derived from Chinese-Han. Li Zhugei and Jim Waters, 1997): The Du writing is 遊, after adding water 氵 or pipe 辶 carry the sense of movement as water flows, legs away. I play temporarily, Play, Rong play. The word calendar is 歷, can be translated as Experiment, as history (now passing). So, in his view, he summarized Travel is generally going to play and experience.

Funded as a bird of paradise in the history of Vietnam, Tran Quoc Vuong has a very "Archaic" look at the concept of Tourism. He suggested that people know that go from prehistoric times when standing on two feet. At first, go to earn a living, then go to work, go out or just go out and go to work. The upright posture, amazingly, allows people to do two things at the same time: go - shift and see - the eye is wider than the surrounding area due to elevated heights. With a flexible mode of transportation, along with the need to "look far", the human / human race is spreading all over the world. Travel at that time aims to exploit new land rather than simply satisfying curiosity.

Nowadays, there is a "different" between the different kinds of human beings, which is determined by the difference of adaptation / adaptation and symbiosis with the landscape and social environments. Different things that motivate people today to go to other places with their "familiar country". Now, we go to find ways of living in different environments, and especially the one we have / have lived, as well as a dialectic between two psychological: Like relatives and strangers.

With modern technology and institutions, travel is getting longer and farther, the longer the time is shortened, the more to see on Earth, so more and more. Touring has become very popular and therefore tourism has become an integral part of modern life and lifestyle.

Prof. Quoc Vuong and other faculty members of the Faculty of Tourism Studies during their visit to China

To Education

Back in the early 90s of the last century, when the country toddled its first steps with the new-oriented economy, the Tourism Education at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Level, according to Prof. Tran Quoc Vuong, a new story in the S land strip. When referring to this idea, he meant the story Travel is still scented ink new ink, the paper still has a little bit of heat when leaving From the printer, it is not clear whether there is yellowing over time, the glue on the cover is missing as well as worn out fake books. To say so figuratively is to see that the mission of the Faculty of Tourism Studies at the time was heavy. Delegated to the Head of the Department and the President of the Faculty's first Board of Training and Sciences, he has established four faculties: Travel, Hospitality, Tourism Economics, Ecotourism and Tourism. calendar. In that period (1995), the Faculty of Tourism was the only institution authorized by the Ministry of Education and Training to offer a Bachelor of Science in Tourism. After a time to prove his capacity in which, the efforts of Prof. Tran Quoc Vuong is not small, Faculty continued to be assigned to train post-graduate studies in tourism with the first course in 2003.

Acquire and understand the tourism orientation of our State is to develop ecological and cultural tourism, he is very focused on the curriculum development of the Faculty of Tourism. It must be a pool of knowledge to prepare students for pre-recruitment, providing first-hand experiences including how to maintain business relationships culture in tourism) and various sectors of the industry, including transportation, accommodation, dining, entertainment and many other aspects.

The socio-cultural aspects of the industry are of particular importance to him as he insists that culture and tourism are mutually exclusive. The strength of the University of Social Science and Humanity, where the Faculty of Tourism Studies exists and develops as a training and research institution - is culture. This is one of his important orientations in the first steps of the Faculty. The knowledge is "cultured" with theories and practices of Vietnamese cuisine, dealing with nature and The society, costume culture, language culture, travel culture, customs, customs and festivals help students develop a sense of responsibility for ethics and a healthy way of understanding tourism. full. Tour guides who receive the practice card will be a passionate person who has a deep understanding of the history and culture of the nation as well as the destination and can convey these values. With tourists, foreign visitors can harmonize with Vietnamese tunes as well as help Vietnamese travelers fully enjoy the experience when stop in the strange land.

As a pioneer in cross-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary applications in social sciences research, he also said that Tourism Science is no exception when it is related to other fields of study. This multidisciplinary nature will complement the learning of students. For example, research on sustainable tourism development requires understanding of biology, environment and social responsibility. He also thinks that travel students must have a sense of learning a second language, even Third, including Han Nom tourism, where most of Vietnam's tangible cultural heritages are dated and used. This reminder is both an empty moment urging generations to go on. Understand the importance and effort of learning a foreign language, as well as the linguistic tone of preserving traditional values ​​and applying them to modern tourism.

Prof. Tran Quoc Vuong farewell to K40 Grade of Faculty of Tourism Studies


And the teaching work

Destination to students is so, but to achieve those goals, the role of the teacher is not simple, especially at the stage of the "quirky" and "confused" of the early childhood when The faculty's first faculty members have not been specifically trained in tourism. The striving of the Faculty of Tourism Studies is not to stop to build the foundation, update the trends, changes and changes of tourism activities, put the information into the lecture to prepare the steps. The strongest momentum for the enthusiastic "antelopes" of the Faculty can stomp the steps confidently into the professional travel environment. As a highly respected professor in academia, not only in the country, he was eager to work with faculty to exchange and research, to strive to establish relationships with local universities. As well as in Europe, there is a specialized Tourism program. He thought that this would benefit the trainers; But it also paves the way for students to gain practical experience in the international environment through internships, exchanges, and also place the student ticket for a major journey. serve new heights of knowledge.

In addition, he noted that the teaching staff of the Tourism industry must constantly study and be familiar with the geography of the world, Southeast Asia geography, especially geography of Vietnam in relation to the tri Environmental and ecological awareness. He thinks in Vietnam in particular, due to the natural environment and diverse ecosystems that form a Vietnamese consciousness in order to live in harmony with the natural environment. Many historical and cultural relics are often associated with landscapes so when visiting the natural landscapes, it is also a time to visit the monuments and cultural and historical heritage. This is what Prof. Tran Quoc Vuong is particularly stressed when it comes to teaching tourism culture to students. In this context, cultural tourism is clearly separated from cultural tourism. Accordingly, the culture of tourism must be the human behavior of human beings in the obligatory relationships and the benefits of tourism activities (including tourists, local communities, tourism companies). , tourism management levels ...). After the Du (outgoing), how much "elegant", "courtesy" has the same common denominator is "calendar" (experience, understand life, understand person) belongs to the responsibility of the travel agent Vietnam in general and of the faculty of the Faculty of Tourism in particular when training students. It is both knowledge and the moral and ethical of the tradesmen when they themselves understand the value of hospitality, the dynamic nature of the tourism industry as well as the obligations and responsibilities attached to it.

Teaching Tourism is to introduce the Good, the Beautiful, the Strange, the Character but in his opinion, the trainer must also prepare his students knowledge about the negative impact on the local environment. direction of the destination. As a result, the visitors they guide as well as the local residents have an awareness of how to preserve, preserve and further promote the natural values, Correction, removal of negative activities that may affect the appearance or content of tourism resources. If this is done, the sustainability of the economy in general and tourism in particular will be guaranteed.

To demonstrate these thoughts, as the head of the young tourism industry, he directly lectures, tirelessly communicates his accumulated knowledge for the first few years. Fellowship students - extremely fortunate to hear him lecture on cultural tourism in a way "no one, no one can be like", with the experience of the country's long miles, the The route is spread all over the four directions.


Prof. Tran Quoc Vuong once said of himself in a self-proclaimed letter that he was born with a destined destiny named Son Dau Hoa. During the day when roaming, see the fire and smoke rolling up the mountain, the traveler suddenly warm hearted to know that there is a warm roof. At night, the fire flicker at the height as the bright spot shines into the heart of the traveler who do not know what destination, where the stop, help them to breathe a little relaxation faith. By guiding the path of science, he absorbs the listener with the light of wisdom by way of speaking, writing, expressing, teaching, and opening new disciplines including travel science.

A decisive moment has passed since the eagle on the wing no longer fly, but for the class of generations of colleagues and his family in general, the Department of Tourism in particular, his image is still as stable. Yggdrasil god in Nordic myths connects nine worlds in the universe. Culture, History, Language, Art, Archeology, Tourism Studies ... just like those worlds. Students, colleagues, friends, social friends, relatives with countless personalities and dignity are like those worlds. The phenomenal thing, these seemingly separate individuals coexist around the support of a solid tree, shifting thanks to the shade of canopy wide stretches. All of them saw in him a great fulcrum, an infinite, strong, decisive, creative connection that was still full of grace, depth and kindness.

Author: MSc. Phan Quang Anh, Associate Professor Tran Thuy Anh

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