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New year, new resolutions right? Start off the new year on the right foot and come and join our Scholarship Family FUNd RUN! We are planning an afternoon of FUN for all the family on the UNIS Hanoi Field... a 5k run around campus, fun runs for all children from Discovery up and a mannequin challenge just to start! Plus there will be food and music with our own UNIS Hanoi student DJs and a chance to buy great Scholarship Fund t-shirts, running vests and mugs!
Thank you everybody for another great Alumni Reunion in our hometown Hanoi. It was thoroughly enjoyable to see our alumni, old and new, those we didn't know and those we knew but couldn't find, and to share warm memories. It was truly a pleasure to be part of such a special community and we are once again reminded how lucky we are to have been at UNIS Hanoi.
We are counting down to the launch of our third annual campaign in support of our Scholarship Programme which UNIS Hanoi alumni are supporting across the world! Last year 40% of the total funds raised came from alumni families and we hope that we can count on your support with this year's campaign. Find out more on The Scholarship Fund website and look out for the campaign launch in January
Winter Break will be an important period for our construction work to progress and as such we will have strict controls on access to campus for our community. Please read the detailed schedule of access conditions below for weekdays. Campus is closed at the weekends.
Donate books to the SCO Used Book Sale all year long! Contact Alumni Office if you're in Hanoi and wish to donate your books.
Taking time off between high school and college or sometime during the undergraduate years has plenty of appeals to high school graduates who don't know what they want out of college or seek to work, travel or volunteer on the sort of schedule that an academic calendar does not allow. If you took a Gap Year any time between your studies, we need your help.
Alumni oi, we're looking for your photographs from your time at UNIS Hanoi! Let's build the UNIS Hanoi Photo Archive! You are our history - help us tell the story! It could be you and/or your friends at UNIS, on a field trip, in a UNIS Hanoi related event off campus, or just the how the campus looked like in your time - anything really, that depicts life at UNIS Hanoi.

 

Meanwhile at UNIS Hanoi

An amazing 12,492 USD or 284,211,250 VND has been raised for Blue Dragon Children's Foundation through UNIS Hanoi Elementary School Walk-a-thon. This fund helps ensure that more than 100 children every year get the support they need to continue their education when their families are struggling to make ends meet. This impressive event is organised by UNIS Hanoi Elementary School students with a team of dedicated young organisers and they need your help!
Students are training for the first annual Middle School Fun Run which will happen on the last day of school before the Winter Break. All Middle School students will participate and will run or walk the supervised 5km course around Ciputra following the green ecopath.
Học sinh trường UNIS Hà Nội vinh dự đón tiếp nhà văn đại tá cựu chiến binh, Sương Nguyệt Minh cùng đoàn đại biểu của Nhà xuất bản Hội Nhà Văn.

Vietnamese students at UNIS Hanoi had an amazing opportunity to hear true war stories from Suong Nguyet Minh, a well-known Vietamese author who was a soldier during the war.

Organic lettuce grown in the HS Community Garden was served in the UNIS Hanoi canteen for the first time this week. When you are back to visit, don't forget to drop by the Canteen's Salad Bar to enjoy the homegrown salad...
The UN Day Ceremony 2016 is a very special one with a special Parade of Nations Flag Ceremony recognising all 193 member nations of the United Nations for the first time! Read more about what changed and how the Flag Parade looked like this year. And if you missed the live streaming, access the full assembly video and the pictures here!

 

Our Global Alumni Notes

Kristel Valle and Nhi Nguyen (Class of 2015)

Nhi Nguyen (Class of 2015) visited UNIS Hanoi with Kristel Valle (Class of 2015). Nhi is visiting Hanoi during her summer holiday. Nhi is studying in Sydney, Austalia and Kristel is living in Phillipines.

Class of 2011 Mini Reunion in Seoul

Paroot Mekkrajang (Class of 2011) was in Seoul for business reasons and met up with some Class of 2011 members which he hadn't seen in years. The Class of 2011 members in Seoul introduced Paroot to their home town and made sure he didn't miss out on some of Seoul's best delicacies.

Annie Gainsborough (Class of 2012)

Annie Gainsborough (Class of 2012) made UNIS Hanoi a stop on her Asia tour after meeting up with many of her friends from UNIS time all around Asia. She was delighted to meet many of her former teachers when she was at UNIS in Grade 6 in 2005-2006, Mr Campbell, Mr Cooper and Mr Phi. Annie said, "It was so incredible to be back! It is almost the same (except bigger trees now!) and a few new bits and bobs. And I could even recognise myself and my friends in the children." Inspired by her service activities with Blue Dragon children during her year at UNIS, Annie has been actively involved in community service ever since. Annie graduated University of Sheffield in 2015 and is living and working in the UK.

Nikolaj Jensen (Class of 2015) and Merete Jensen (Alumni Parent)

Nikolaj Jensen (Class of 2015) and mother Merete Jensen (Alumni Parent) came by to see the School. Nikolaj is taking a gap year and is travelling with friends. The family now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Lois Coulthart (Alumni Faculty/Staff)

Lois Coulthart (Alumni Librarian) stopped by UNIS Hanoi and reconnected up with long time coworkers Huong Dao and Quynh Le (Library Teaching Assistants). Lois had not been back to UNIS Hanoi or Vietnam since leaving the School in 2007. After leaving UNIS Hanoi, Lois had worked in Australia then in the USA. She and her husband now live near London, UK.

Phuong Ly, Jedidah (Jed) Edwards, Son Nguyen (Class of 2016)

Over the Autumn Break Devin Cheong (not in the picture), Thai Son Trinh, Phuong Ly, Jedidah (Jed) Edwards, Son Nguyen (Class of 2016) had a mini reunion in New York.

The Borchert Family

Victor (Class of 2025) and Tony Borchert (Class of 2023) were back on campus with parents Kai Borchert (Alumni Parent and Faculty/Staff) and Birgit Erbel (Alumni Parent) just in time to see the new Elementary School playground. The family now lives in Cologne, Germany.

Bram Smis (Class of 2008)

Bram Smis (Class of 2008) stopped by UNIS Hanoi on his motorbike road trip through Vietnam. Bram started his trip from Ho Chi Minh City on September 26, 2016 and arrived to Hanoi on October 13, 2016 and continued up North to Sapa. Bram is living in Brussels, Belgium but is looking forward to moving to South Africa soon.

Kim-Leigh Endley (Class of 2007)


Kim-Leigh Endley (Class of 2007)
proudly announces the birth of her first daughter, Izabella-Rose Catalina Groepes, born on 22 September 2016. Kim lives and works in Pretoria, South Africa.

Nicoline Poulsen (Class of 2012)

Nicoline Poulsen (Class of 2012) completed her Masters in Environmental Management and Consultancy at Lancaster University and is excited to start on her next adventure with a volunteering position for World Wildlife Fund in the Solomon Islands. Nicoline shares: “As the conservation strategy practiced is largely community based, I believe I will be working alongside local communities and see their important role in the protection of marine ecosystems. The local communities in the Solomon Islands (and the other Pacific island countries) have a high dependency on marine resources for both subsistence and income and so the work WWF does here focuses largely on protecting these marine resources.”

Alex Pio (Class of 2004)

Alex Pio (Class of 2004) just moved to Cape Town, South Africa.

Maximilian Tang (Class of 2014)

Maximilian Tang (Class of 2014) is studying Law at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Maximilian is working to establish a Negotiation Club at the LSE to provide a space where interested students can learn and practice the art of negotiation and turn its members into "the best negotiators they could possibly be". The club will offer members an intellectual forum to discuss the extensive academic theory behind the art of negotiation; host leaders in the art of negotiation – from world-renowned academics to politicians with a plethora of relevant practical knowledge – to share their experiences; and conduct negotiation exercises, mirroring business, political and social settings, to apply and consolidate all the lessons learnt.

Phuong (Enna) Bui (Class of 2010) and Dai (Kenny) Nguyen (Class of 2010)

Phuong (Enna) Bui (Class of 2010) and Dai (Kenny) Nguyen (Class of 2010) were married in a beautiful ceremony in Melia Hotel in Hanoi on September 16, 2016. Enna and Ken first met each other at UNIS Hanoi where they both attended Middle School. It is our first ever UNIS Hanoi Alumni Student wedding! Ken's mother, Dr Hai Oanh Khuat (Alumni Parent) used to sit on UNIS Hanoi Board of Director. Enna's younger brother is also attending UNIS. Among the guests were Pam (Class of 2012) and other Class of 2010 alumni Ekkrit Suwanwong, Viet Truong, Khanh Pham, Kien Phi, Le Binh Do, Quan Duong, Hoa Le, Hau (Lisa) Nguyen, Lan Le, Phu Nguyen and Nam Vu. Enna and Ken were thrilled to celebrate their wedding surrounded by so many UNIS Hanoi friends.

Jessy Penrose (Class of 2007)

Jessy Penrose (Class of 2007) shares about her recent backpacking trip to Sri Lanka.

"As days get shorter in Europe and signs of autumn are creeping in, my partner and I decide to leave Zurich and head to Sri Lanka to backpack for two weeks. Walking off the plane in Colombo, we notice the heat and humidity first. As we make our way into the centre, the chaos on the streets, the smell of spices perfuming the air and the constant honking of vehicles on the road remind me of my days living in Hanoi.

Leaving the city of Colombo behind us, we make our way up to the central/northern part of Sri Lanka by train. First stop, Kandy. We buy a ticket , second class which we were warned by the ticket office is often overcrowded and hot, however, we give it a try. The four hour journey is breath-taking, passing by lush green mountains and through tea plantations. Monkeys of all shapes and sizes swing from branch to branch and the smell of tea is lingering in the air. As dusk closes in, the skies fill with millions of big furry fruit bats swarming from tree to tree in search of food. After Kandy we continue our journey to Nuwara Eliya and Ella. Despite never booking our guest houses, we were always lucky. They always had a double bed, mosquito net and cold water (warm water was a luxury). We then head down to the southern coast (Bundala, Tangalle, Welligama, Unawatuna, Galle, Aluthgama) and finally reach Negombo. The southern coast is beautiful, white sand beaches, bright golden yellow king coconuts hanging from every palm tree and the friendliness and kindness of the people make it very special.

By the end of the trip we were no longer paying foreigner prices but local ones. We had picked up the few basics of Singhalese and could say which foods we preferred. In fact, we got very comfortable in Sri Lanka, but it was time to return to Zurich. We both knew, one day we would be back again."

Pam (Class of 2012) and Ekkrit (Class of 2010) Suwanwong

Pam (Class of 2012) and Ekkrit (Class of 2010) Suwanwong were back on campus while in Hanoi to attend Phuong (Enna) Bui (Class of 2010) and Dai (Ken) Nguyen's (Class of 2010) wedding. Pam and Ekkrit enjoyed walking around the campus and catching up with Mr Phi and Ms Noullet. "It's still the same, with some new buildings", Pam said. Both Ekkrit and Pam are working and living in Bangkok.

Reunion Dates 16-17

LONDON - November 12, 2016
HANOI - December 16, 2016
BANGKOK - January 8, 2017
VANCOUVER - January 28, 2017
MELBOURNE - March 12, 2017
SEOUL - To be announced
TOKYO - To be announced
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