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American Center celebrates 20 years

Released at: 16:23, 16/04/2018

American Center celebrates 20 years

Photo: The US Embassy

Center highlights its impact in helping Vietnamese people improve their English skills, create businesses, and gain skills for educational and career advancement.

by My Van

The American Center Hanoi celebrated its 20th anniversary on April 12, highlighting its impact in helping Vietnamese people improve their English skills, create businesses, and gain skills for educational and career advancement. The US Ambassador also launched the “End Plastic Pollution” campaign, to raise awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution.

Formerly known as the Information Resource Center and located in Ba Trieu Street, the American Center was established in 1997 to provide research information from the US for government officers, professors, researchers, and non-profit institutions. Many of the early users have become leaders in their fields and even senior government officials, including the Vice Chief of Staff of the State President’s Office.

In 2000, the American Center moved to its current location at 170 Ngoc Khanh Street with an expanded range of activities and services, including weekly film screenings and classes on internet searching strategies and public speaking skills as well as English language workshops. It has become a popular venue for people to study English, STEM, entrepreneurship, and soft skills, and to conduct research. With the slogan “Fun, Free, Friendly and For All”, in 2017 alone the American Center organized over 700 programs, workshops and courses and touched on tens of thousands of people’s lives in Hanoi and beyond.

The American Center’s programs help visitors gain new knowledge and perspective. For example, during the April 12 event, they also celebrated Earth Day. The Ambassador launched the “End Plastic Pollution” campaign to educate and inspire people to make simple behavioral changes, such as ceasing to litter, using re-usable shopping bags, and stopping using one-time use plastic bottles, cups and straws.

Peoples’ health and the health of the oceans are intertwined, and when plastic bottles and bags enter the ocean their toxins leak out and contaminate fish. Clean oceans are vital to the fishing and seafood industries and clean beaches are vital to the tourism industry.

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