The Vietnamese Students Association in the UK (SVUK) organised an annual congress on November 1 with the aim of consolidating the organisation to be able to effectively represent more than 8,000 Vietnamese students in the UK.

Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Van Thao spoke highly of the efforts of the SVUK’s executive committee and said he hopes they will connect Vietnamese students by organising more practical activities.

He suggested the association run activities that support students in their study and organise cultural exchanges to introduce Vietnam to British friends.

The congress heard reports on the SVUK’s activities in the 2013-2014 academic year, such as the photograph contest SVUK InFocus, the fundraising campaigns Any Penny Counts for measles-infected children in Vietnam and Connecting VietYouth 2014, and a football competition.

At the congress, Mai Lan Van from City University London was elected as the new SVUK President.

Last October, the SVUK was officially recognised as a member of the Vietnamese Student Association.-VNA