Building global ties through storytelling, University of South Australia’s website, 9 August 2016.

An edited extract of the original article is reproduced below.

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A group of UniSA students will be immersed in a week of real world learning and intercultural experiences when they travel to Vietnam next week to take part in the Battle of Long Tan 50th anniversary commemorations.

The 12 students from the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages will be  documenting the relationship between Vietnam and Australia in the years since the battle– a topic close to Communication and Media Lecturer, Kim Burley’s, heart.

Adopted from an orphanage in Vietnam when she was six months old, Kim Burley is looking forward to leading the delegation of students who will be playing a pivotal role in the commemorations.

“At the commemoration service at the Long Tan Cross, students will be first-hand witnesses to former foes from both sides of the conflict meeting as friends after 50 years,” Burley says.

“By partnering with the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, students will also document the growing business and education ties between our countries, with respect to Vietnamese migrants in Australia, current international students in Australia and business links.

“This opportunity is providing our students with global experiences utilising skills and knowledge from their programs in real world industry and community settings.

“This is an exciting project that will both be a rewarding experience for all involved and will be a meaningful way to strengthen the ties between our two countries.”

 

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