The first virtual international student-led forum ‘Global Youth Engagement Forum 2021: Lives after COVID-19’

# On January 24, 2021, at Room A.001 (University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) – VNU-HCM – Dinh Tien Hoang Campus), “Global Youth Engagement Forum 2021: Lives after COVID-19” has achieved a myriad of remarkable successes. In fact, this is the first forum organized by students to be conducted on the online platform Google Meet.

The International Global Youth Engagement Forum 2021 is held by the International Affairs Division of the Youth Union of the USSH-VNU and the International Exchange Club (IEC). Choosing the topic “Lives after COVID-19”, the organizers hope to provide students with an academic platform to voice out their opinions on the positive and negative impacts of the epidemic on the world generally and on Viet Nam specifically. Hence, we – young people bear the responsibility to seek for innovative models and solutions in order to adapt and develop ourselves in terms of culture, environment, technology, etc. in the present context.

The forum is honoured to welcome distinguished guests:

From the side of the Standing Committee of the Youth Union – the Secretariat of the Student Union and the comrades from universities in VNU-HCM:

  • Mr Truong Van An – Deputy Secretary of the Youth Union of USSH;
  • Mr Ly Tuan Anh – Member of the Standing Committee of Youth Union, Chairman of the Union of Students of USSH;
  • Mr Nguyen The Duc Tam – Deputy Secretary of the Youth Union of the University of Economics and Law.

From the side of guests who are the speakers, host and moderators:

  • MPP. Vu Thanh Cong – Guest speaker;
  • Mr. Tran Giang – Host of the Group Discussion;
  • MSc. Nguyen Tuan Nghia – Moderator of Education;
  • Ms. Phan Tuong Yen – Moderator of Mental Health;
  • Ms. Nguyen Tran Mai Tram – Moderator of Culture;
  • Ms. Nguyen Ngoc Thu – Moderator of Environment ;
  • Mr. Duong Huu Thang – Moderator of Technology and Engineering.

Together with 35 delegates from many universities in VNU-HCM and other schools in Ho Chi Minh City; colleges in the Philippines, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, the conference also had the attendance of more than 50 students joining as audiences.

After the opening speech from Mr Ly Tuan Anh, delegates, as well as students, gave heed to a very impressive and detailed sharing of MPP. Vu Thanh Cong about “The big picture of COVID-19 and its consequences for the world”. Not only did he give students an in-depth overview of the epidemic progress, but he also introduced Vietnam’s achievements and policies with the dual goal of “preventing epidemics but still recovering economic development”.

With regard to the epidemic and social isolation period, MPP. Thanh Cong shared: “This is the time for us to look back and reflect on ourselves. In fact, we had quite a lot of time to do so while the COVID-19 pandemic was rampant. And, if you can take advantage of this time, you can ponder over and re-evaluate your goals, desires, or even values. Who you are, what you want, how you can get it. This is when you can find your answers to those questions.”

MPP. Vu Thanh Cong shared his speech on the topic “The big picture of COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts in the world”

After the program, the delegates were divided into discussion groups corresponding with the topics selected in the single round. Each delegate proactively gives his opinion as well as practical solutions to solve the difficulties of young people in the current difficult period. Under the professional guidance of the chairperson and coordinators, the discussion and report were very active and heated.

Group Discussion Session
Group Mental Health presented ideas about Pros and Cons of COVID-19 pandemic in the field of mental health.
Mr. Tran Giang – Host of the Group Discussion summarised all ideas given by the delegates

Phan Khanh Duy – a delegate from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities – VNU-HCM commented: “Despite the fact that the program is organized online for the first time, it runs very smoothly without any technical problems. I feel that it has generalized many broad issues such as tourism and environmental protection during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

All the delegates joined virtually on the platform of Google Meet

Through the program, the students have a chance to participate in international exchanges which may last in a new normal period, with several schools in the country and other institutions overseas, thus being able to seek and build initiatives for activities in various areas after the epidemic is under control.


🌎The Global Youth Engagement Forum 2021 has received attention from young people, those of whom have experienced many changes in their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. While counting down to our Google meet at 8 a.m., January 24th, here are a few highlights on our event’s host and moderators.

🌎We believe that with a comprehensive approach on many aspects, they can provide us a clear overview of the world with the impact of COVID-19 and initiate us to be better engaged in the local, regional, and global communities.

Let meet our incredible speaker and moderators at our forum:


Speaker Vu Thanh Cong with the topic “Big picture of COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences to the world”

✨IELTS 8.0, TOEIC 900.
✨Head of Training of Academy of Economics and Digital Creation, alongside being Project Manager of HCMC Information Technology Park.
✨Teaches at the Faculty of International Relations of USSH, Ho Chi Minh City National University.
✨Consults and educates about Policies for Local Areas and International Organizations.
✨Graduated in Distinction Degree, Master of Public Policies at University of Auckland (#1 New Zealand)
✨Received full-ride New Zealand government scholarship – ASEAN Scholar Awards.
✨Participant at YSEALI Professional Fellows 2020.
✨First prize in International Competition about Creative and High Interaction Eastside HCMC Urban Planning.
✨Full-ride Chinese government scholarship on Laws and Politics.
✨First prize in WRICOS Silk Road 2017.
✨Sasakawa Young Leader Foundation 2016.
✨Prize on Investigation on East Sea 2013, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.
✨Role Model for Students of a Heroic city, 2010-2014.
✨Co-founder, Vice president of International Relations’ Young Scholars (2013).
✨Published 3 chapters, 6 magazine articles and seminars, alongside 200 national and international news articles.

HOST/Moderator of Politics Group: MR. TRAN GIANG

Mr. Tran Giang – Host and Moderator of Politics Group

✨Work at “Big 4” EY Vietnam.
✨Graduate of International Relations & English-Thai Language Teacher.
✨Speaker/Skill Coach at University of Social Sciences & Humanities, V. Gen Station,, University of Economics HCM, Khan Academy Vietnam, etc.
✨Former Intern at SEAMEO Secretariat, Bangkok, Thailand (2018).
✨Former Delegate of many International Programs:
South Asian Youth Summit 2017 in India.
ASEAN Youth Initiative Empowerment Program 2017 in Indonesia.
Global Young Leaders Peace Camp 2017 in Sri Lanka.
Arts Immersion & Student Exchange Fieldtrip 2017” by ASEAN Youth Friendship Network in Thailand.
✨Title “Model Student of the University” (2018), Title “Advanced Youth following Uncle Ho’s teachings” (2017).
✨Title “Student of 5 Merits”(2016), numerous certificates for his outstanding contributions to the student community and social involvement.
✨Former President of IR Young Scholars Club (2017-2018), Former Vice President of IR Young Scholars Club (2016-2017).
✨Honoured Member of International Exchange Club, University of Social Sciences & Humanities, VNU-HCMC.
✨A polyglot, founder and blogger at Tran Giang’s Language Room.
✨Top Score Achiever (Valedictorian) of 2015 National Entrance Examination – University of Social Sciences & Humanities – Vietnam National University, HCM.
✨The Only Representative of Soc Trang Province to deliver a presentation in French at Mekong Delta Francophone Day (2014).

Moderator of Education: MA. NGUYEN TUAN NGHIA

Mr. Nguyen Tuan Nghia – Moderator of Education Group

✨Former Deputy Director of the Center of Chinese Studies, Center of International Studies, USSH, VNU-HCM
✨Lecturer of Faculty of Vietnamese Studies, USSH, VNU-TP Hồ Chí Minh
✨Former Deputy Secretary, Head of International Affairs Division of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union of USSH, VNU-HCM.
✨Former Delegate of The Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program  (SSEAYP) in 2011.

Moderator of Mental Health: MS. PHAN TUONG YEN

Ms. Phan Tuong Yen – Moderator of Mental Health Group

✨Professional advisor to many international mass organizations and NGOs in the field of social psychology.
✨Head of Training & Project Development at Saigon Psychub – a professional psychological service in HCMC.
✨Vice-chairlady of the Global Young Leaders Network (chapter HCMC) of Sunwah Foundation at the same time.
✨Vietnam representative of the 6th & 7th Surin International Folklore Festival (Thailand).
✨Vietnam representative of the chapter JENESYS 2.0 (Japan) Asean-Japan Youth Exchange Program (Japan).
✨Vietnam representative of the ASEAN Youth Forum 2015 (Cultural Identities topic) or Southeast Asia Youth Ship 2019 (SSEAYP) and other ASEAN international youth forums.
✨Leader of GYLN HCMC to attend the Summit in Japan (2016) and Canada (2018).

Moderator of Culture: MS. NGUYEN TRAN MAI TRAM

Ms. Nguyen Tran Mai Tram – Moderator of Culture Group

✨Bachelor of Arts in English Linguistics and Literature, specialized in American & British Culture and Literature (USSH VNU-HCM).
✨USSH representative of Global Village program in Da Nang, Hoi An, Cham Island (August, 2016).
✨USSH representative – Roommate participant of CET Academic Programs in Vietnam (February – June, 2017).
✨Vietnam collaborator of the Silk-road Universities Network (November 6 – 11, 2017).
✨Coordinate workshops on culture diversity.
✨Organize Culture Day event.
✨President at International Exchange Club of USSH (January – August, 2018).
✨Organize IEC Recruitment 2016 and IEC Recruitment 2017.
✨Organize Tet Viet 2017 and Tet Viet 2018.
✨Organize #Before25 campaign (May, 2017).
✨Organize [email protected] (May – June, 2018).
✨Organize numerous cultural exchange events.
✨Organize training sessions and workshops for IEC members.
✨Master of Ceremony at EFuture Translators’ Contest – Semi Final (August 24, 2019), EFuture Translators’ Contest – Grand Finale (September 7, 2019), EF Gala – EFAIR 2019 (September 7, 2019), ICELT 2020 (December 17 & 18, 2020).

Moderator of Environment: MS. NGUYEN NGOC THU

Ms. Nguyen Ngoc Thu – Moderator of Environment

✨Title “Guong sang sinh vien” of USSH in Community Engagement (2018).
2nd runner-up at the HCMC English Camp’s debate contest (2019).
✨Title “Sinh vien tinh nguyen lam theo loi Bac” (2018, 2019) and “Dien hinh Thanh nien Tien tien lam theo loi Bac” (2019) of USSH.
✨Leader of the International team, Green Summer Voluntary Campaign of USSH (2017).
✨Vice Leader of the Standing team, Green Summer Voluntary Campaign of USSH (2018).
✨Vietnam representative of YSS-ASEAN Yayasan Sukarelawan Siswa Students Volunteer Mission to Sarawak, Malaysia (2018).
✨Vietnam representative of YSS-ASEAN Leadership Development Programme & Alumni Strategic Retreat Malaysia (2018).

Moderator of Technology and Communication: MR. DUONG HUU THANG

Mr. Duong Huu Thang – Moderator of Technology and Communication Group

✨Majoring in English-Vietnamese Translation and Interpretation.
✨Developing and maintaining USSH’s Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union website at
✨Developing a student course management and registration system with various online payment. gateways for an organization within VNUHCM.
✨Event Technologist for various USSH live events.
✨Former Project Assistant for The Greatest Show – One of the biggest university and college student talent competitions in Ho Chi Minh City.
✨Former President of Nhan Van Admission Consulting Club (under direct supervision of the Office of Communication and Enterprise Relations, USSH).


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📆 Deadlines for applications: 11.59 PM January 14th, 2021 (Hanoi, GMT+7)

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✨ We believe that young people have the power to bring about change. That’s why we’re looking for 60 of the world’s most inspired, dedicated, and action-oriented young leaders to join the Global Youth Engagement Forum 2021: Lives after Covid-19.✨

About the Forum

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been affecting many families and causing several losses for the economy in all nations. Our community has been through unprecedentedly challenging times, and young people are among those called to take prompt action to protect the lives of older adults and other disadvantaged groups. While young generations suffer from much of the long-term economic and social effects of the crisis, short-term economic and equity concerns might pose a serious threat to their well-being. Thus, the need for more collaboration and idea exchange among youth leaders is extremely essential for a more effective engagement in the new normal stage.

The Global Youth Engagement Forum 2021 is hosted by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union of University of Social Sciences and Humanities – VNU-HCMC and the International Exchange Club (IEC).

The goal of the forum is to serve as a platform for youth in all countries to voice out their opinions and highlight different life experiences, including their feelings, perceptions and innovative initiatives in response to this pandemic. From that exchange, we can proactively acknowledge the impact of current changes in restructuring policies, systems, workflows, and communities affected by COVID-19. The organizing committee cordially invites young leaders and students from different sectors, which consist of education, politics, culture, health science, environment, technology and communication, and environment, to participate in the virtual forum in order to put forward perspectives which can be used as crucial guidelines for the youth in the future.

Goals of the forum:

  1.     To raise the awareness, readiness and connection among youth leaders about the global crisis.
  2.     To exchange personal experiences, thoughts and national viewpoints on the recovery and response to the pandemic.
  3.     To initiate and suggest new initiatives for the young generation to better engage in the local, regional and global communities.

Details of the event:

Themes: How COVID-19 changed lives and what are lessons learned from it?


  1.     Education
  2.     Mental health
  3.     Technology & Communication
  4.     Environment
  5.     Culture
  6.     Politics

📅 Date & Time: 8.00 – 11.30 on Sunday, January 24th 2021 (Hanoi, GMT+7)

📱 Platform: Google Meet

🏫 Venue: University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VNU-HCM. Address: 10-12 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

📍Registration form:

⚡Deadline for applications: 11.59 PM January 14th 2021 (Hanoi, GMT+7)

Eligibility Criteria

  • 60 participants from all colleges and universities around the world
  • Enrolling as a student of tertiary education institution taking diploma or undergraduate studies (or equivalent level) from any disciplines at education institutions in the world when the program takes place.
  • Between 18 and 25 years of age when the program takes place
  • English proficiency in verbal and written aspects.
  • Being able to demonstrate clear experiences and perspectives for specific themes by a short paragraph in the registration link (250-350 words).
  • Committing to submit a paper (500 – 1000 words) expressing personal/group thoughts about the topic discussed after 2 weeks of the forum

Why you should join the Global Youth Engagement Forum 2021:

  1. Sharing and exchange ideas
  2. Elevate and expand your network
  3. Grow as a leader
  4. Speak up your voice in a specific topic
  5. Have fun!

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