Two Visiting Fellows from Vietnam are visiting ECMI to explore the Danish-German border region and learn about EU policies.
During July 2015 two Vietnamese researchers Ms. Ngoc Anh and Ms. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh are visiting Flensburg to pursue their EU funded Fellowship Programme. The aim of their fellowship is to enhance their capacities in terms of research and policy-making related to ethnic minority issues. They aim at learning about EU policies as well as learning about Danish-German border region. Both employed at the State Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) of Vietnam, the specific objective of their study visit is to assist them in becoming key contact points of EU projects at CEMA.
The Fellows also met with a Chairman of the ECMI Executive Board Dr. Jørgen Kühl. Within his capacity as a Director of A.P. Møller Skolen in Schleswig Dr. Kühl introduced the visitors to the minority education system in the border region and discussed historical background as well as current developments and challenges concerning the minority education in Schleswig-Holstein. He mentioned that the graduates of Danish gymnasium have possibilities both in Germany and in Denmark to apply for higher education degree programmes. Currently, approximately 2/3 of the graduates choose to continue their further studies in Denmark, highlighting support from the Danish state for students, among them, graduates from minority schools. Dr. Kühl also mentioned that besides the language, by entering the Danish school system in Germany, students learn about Danish culture and socio-political issues, while the parents practically become part of the Danish minority group.
Ms. Ngoc Anh and Ms. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh are hosted by the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) in Flensburg. Supervised by Ms. Ewa Chylinski, their schedule is busy with daily meetings at various local organizations and institutions in the border region to explore and learn about its history, culture, minority issues and minority related institutions. Meetings with the local media (Flensborg Avis), Universities in Flensburg (European University Flensburg) and in Sonderborg (University of Southern Denmark), minority representatives in Flensborghus (SSF), Apenrade (BDN) and Bredstedt (Nordfriisk Institut), as well as meeting at the Flensburg City Presidents Office are on their agendas. “ECMI is an ideal place for us to study on human rights on minorities where is fully equipped with the best facilities and knowledgeable and experienced experts to advice to help us understand deeply the EU and its laws and policies to support minorities and compare with Vietnam case”- Says Ngoc Anh.
Ms. Ngoc Anh is a Deputy Director General of International Cooperation Department, State Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) of Vietnam. She has a significant experience working with ethnic minorities in Vietnam through her work for Capilano University and Hanoi Open University (HOU) joint initiative funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. In 2009 Anh was granted a scholarship from Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training to pursue a PhD in the United States. She is involved in various projects on ethnic minorities in Vietnam funded by the European Commission, Asian Development Bank and others donors.
Ms. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh works for the State Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) of Vietnam. Within her 19 years of experience in the Committee she gained a valuable knowledge and experience on the issues related to ethnic minorities in Vietnam: culture, traditions, policies and social, economic life of the minority groups. She has an extensive experience in implementing large scale projects funded by international donors, such as UNDP/UNV Highland Peoples Program, Regional initiatives of strengthening policy dialogue on indigenous, highland and tribal people’s rights and development. She belongs to Tay minority group in Vietnam.