Vietnam  Vietnamese pronunciation: [viət˨ naːm˧] ( listen)) officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam(Cộng hòa Xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 90.3 million inhabitants as of 2012, it is the world’s 13th-most-populous country, and the eighth-most-populous Asian countryThe name Vietnam translates as “South Viet”, and was officially adopted in 1945. The country is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea to the east. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976.

The Vietnamese became independent from Imperial China in 938 AD, following the Battle of Bạch Đằng River. Successive Vietnamese royal dynasties flourished as the nation expanded geographically and politically into Southeast Asia, until the Indochina Peninsula was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. The First Indochina War eventually led to the expulsion of the French in 1954, leaving Vietnam divided politically into two states, North and South Vietnam. Conflict between the two sides intensified, with heavy foreign intervention, during the Vietnam War, which ended with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975.

AIESEC Vietnam

History: In 2006, AIESEC in Japan send two expansion coordinators, Reetika Joshi (from AIESEC India) and Asami Ando (from AIESEC Japan) to set up AIESEC in Vietnam. The first LC was established in HCMC in October 2006. At IPM 2007 in Egypt, AIESEC in Vietnam became official expansion. Second LC in Hanoi was established in April 2007. Both LCs was city-based LC. In 2008, AIESEC in Vietnam expanded to 2 biggest universities in Vietnam, Foreign Trade University of Hanoi, and Foreign Trade University of HCMC. In IPM 2011, AIESEC Vietnam was officially recognized. Today, AIESEC Vietnam has 6 local chapters in 3 regions: Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi and Da Nang

AIESEC Alumni Association in Vietnam:  AIESEC in Vietnam is a relative young entity. At the beginning of our history, we had focused on utilizing international alumni to coach/mentor our leadership body. AIESEC in Vietnam used to have one MC member dedicated to alumni relation. However, feeling the need to have a separated management entity, AIESEC Vietnam Alumni Association (AVAA) was form informally in 2010. Presently, AIESEC Vietnam Alumni Association had Facebook account, and 2 executive bodies in HCMC and HN. Our activities included gathering and job promotion on Facebook account. There were a lack of strategic planning and a unified board.

AVAA is aiming at restructuring the leadership body to bring unification to Vietnam Alumni network.