On the morning of June 3rd, 2023, at the University of Transport Technology, the Vietnam Student Logistics Club Network (LCN) under the chairmanship of the Vietnam Association for Logistics Manpower Development (VALOMA), officially organized the seminar “Students Startup with Logistics”.

The program had the attendance of Mr. Tran Thanh Hai – Deputy Director of the Import-Export Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Honorary President of VALOMA, Mr. Vu Chi Kien – Deputy Director of the Postal Department of the Ministry of Information and Communications, Ms. Pham Thi Ngoc Thuy, Executive Director of the Office of the Board of   Research and Development of Private Economy (Board IV), Assoc. Prof. Vo Tri Thanh – Director of the Institute for Brand Strategy and Competition, Mr. Dinh Viet Hoa – Chairman of the National Startup Association of the Board of Directors of the University of Transport Technology and representatives of logistics enterprises. On the side of press agencies, there were VOV, People’s Television, Television News Agency, Industry and Trade Magazine, Traffic Newspaper, Mekong ASEAN Magazine, Youth Newspaper, and some other press units. In particular, the seminar had the participation of more than 300 students from many universities in Hanoi.

Speaking at the event’s opening, Mr. Tran Thanh Hai – Deputy Director of the Import-Export Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade affirmed that entrepreneurship is a prominent trend, especially for students. Currently, logistics is also one of the potential fields, a very great opportunity for young entrepreneurs. Hopefully, the seminar would solve the concerns and worries of the students in starting a business and setting up a business; while providing more motivation for students to follow their path.

Coming to the discussion, Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Manh Hung – Vice Principal of the University of Transport Technology also expressed his wish to have more opportunities for students to express their voices and speak up about their difficulties to receive support and help from agencies and departments and promote entrepreneurship among students.

In the first part of the talk, Assoc. Prof. Vo Tri Thanh – Director of the Institute for Brand Strategy and Competition shared inspirational and entrepreneurial orientations for logistics students. Currently, Vietnam’s total import-export turnover is at a high level, creating many business opportunities, especially for students. Logistics associated with digital transformation is one of the hot topics that require the young generation’s creativity and innovation to create sustainable development of the economy. Mr. Thanh also encouraged the students “to promote the good, crush the difficult, reduce the bad” so that they can bring value to themselves and the whole society.

Immediately following the inspirational sharing of Assoc. Prof. Vo Tri Thanh, the Vietnam Student Logistics Club Network – LCN has launched the video series “One Day as a Logistics Employee” to help students visualize their future job positions. When participating in this series of videos, students would be able to work in real businesses. This is a great opportunity to have a better view of the industry one is pursuing. In particular, in addition to the student-oriented benefits, the video series also brings value to the whole school when solving the problem of inexperienced students applying for a job.

Notably, the seminar had two extremely intense debates. With the first topic being “Should students start their businesses or work as hired workers?”, two teams from the Foreign Trade University and the National Economics University shared firmly defended their views. The second topic “Is logistics entrepreneurship for students?” by the University of Transport Technology and Phenikaa University also took place very captivatingly with strong arguments.

Grasping the current start-up trend, the Vietnam Student Logistics Club Network (LCN) also wants to create practical value for students through the start-up project “A Practical Training Course for Logistics Students” with the presentation of Nguyen Phuong Anh – Vice President of the Network. The Network’s practical course will be held online and led by a team of experts who have pragmatic experience in enterprises. With a duration of 5-7 sessions, students will certainly be always updated with empirical knowledge. In addition, the course will also be accompanied by hands-on experiences such as field visits, finding case study solutions, and project implementation at enterprises. With the guideline “Understanding – Listening – Quality – Companion”, the practical course will join hands to support students, creating heuristic value for students. LCN firmly believes that this will be a great stepping stone for students who have the keys to open the door of opportunity in the future.

The seminar ended successfully with a souvenir photo moment between the guests, speakers and all students attending at noon on the same day with the expectation of more sharings and close exchanges like this.

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Translated by Pham Phuong Anh – Nguyen Phuong Anh