Nguyen Thien Vinh
Class of 2013 – Batch 7
In my architecture training in Vietnam, I had courses on sustainable architecture and sociology but it was only theory. With my participation in the IFFAsia Human/Social module, I begin to have a deeper social understanding. It helped me very much from the view of architecture. To be able to design highly efficient buildings especially public buildings such as churches, schools, hospitals… knowing more about psychology and human behaviour is the best way to envision the use of the buildings. I can see the profound presence of my Creator and also appreciate the relationship between God and man, and between humans. This formation experience helps me to become more mature and responsible, a value that will benefit me in my life and work.
Anna Li Jue
China student – Class of 2011 (Batch 6)
As a young graduate, I volunteered and joined a local grass root NGO doing relief projects for the victims of the 2008 earthquake in southwest China in Sichuan province. I felt good in the beginning, but after three years of service I did not feel that good…. When I went for the formation in IFFAsia, I learned “Each human person is unique and original, and nobody has lived what we have lived.
In July 2012, when I returned to my office, though they were the same faces, same circumstance, I faced it with a different attitude this time. I respected my colleagues and appreciated their uniqueness. I am happy with what I’m doing now. I thank God for giving me this opportunity of going to IFFAsia and thank the people who journeyed with me.