August 9, 2016
TCU Honors Student, Tu Minh Ngoc, recently spoke at the United Nations General Assembly on the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Tu, class of 2018, entered the Many Languages, One World student essay contest for 2016. The contest is designed “to support multilingualism and to recognize the continued impact of the United Nations’ six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.” Tu was one of 60 winners out of 3,600 entries and was only one of three students from Vietnam. He was also the only student chosen from a university or college in the state of Texas.
Tu won an all-expense paid trip to New York City, where he attended the Global Youth forum at Hofstra University. During this forum, the 60 winners discussed action plans for sustainable development that they eventually presented in front of the UN General Assembly. The forum and contest were a joint effort between ELS Educational Services and the United Nations Academic Impact to get current college students to help “in furthering the realization of the purposes and mandates of the organization through activities and research in a shared culture of intellectual social responsibility.”
To enter the contest, Tu had to write an essay explaining “how multilingual ability advances global citizenship and cultural understanding.” The contest rules stipulated that students must write their essays outside of their primary language, and instead had them employ one of the other six official languages of the UN.
Tu stated that he felt extremely “proud to represent not one but two cultures at the UNGA.” He continued, “Vietnam will always be my home, but my personality resembles more closely that of a Texan and a Horned Frog. This achievement has inspired me to continue studying developed communities and applying their structure to growing ones.”
Congratulations Tu, and thank you for representing Vietnam and TCU at this important forum and at the United Nations!