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5th IPA International Workshop

  • Current Status: Successfully ended
  • Updated: 24 Dec 2014

Event Report Part 3

  • Updated: 24 Dec 2014

Welcome Reception 3 December 2014 at Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers VIP 3 - 4

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The customary welcome reception was splendidly held on 3rd December, the previous night of the Workshop, with participants from each country.

The reception was wrapped in a congenial atmosphere with the introduction of first meeting members and the information was exchanged among members of acquaintance.

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Official Banquet 4 December 2014 at Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers Ballroom 3

The IPA official banquet as the first day closing event of the Workshop was held at the Ballroom on the third level of Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers which is one of the pleasures for the participants and the authentic Vietnamese course dishes were being served.

Following the opening remarks by Dr. Phung Duc Long, the chairman of the Vietnamese Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Prof. Masanori Hamada led the toast with greeting by Vietnamese then all participants thoroughly enjoyed the authentic Vietnamese dishes with fresh seafood and herbs.

The magnificent performance of a harmonica, as a customary event, was held by Mr. Hiroshi Kajikawa, the chairman of Kajikawa Construction Co., Ltd. a corporate member of IPA, and everyone sang together the Christmas song of encore then the atmosphere was congenial throughout the Banquet with full smiling faces.

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The closing remarks were given by Prof. Yoshiaki Kikuchi of the IPA Director, who is one of the winners of 4th IPA Research Grant Award, with a Japanese-style clapping called ‘Ippon-jime’. Then the lively ceremony was closed.

It has been observed that the participants from various countries pleasantly talked about the Press-in technology with crossing barrier of the Engineers and the Researchers.

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Attractive Townscape in Ho Chi Minh

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Ho Chi Minh City as a largest commercial city in Viet Nam has achieved remarkable development in last over 10 years. Ho Chi Minh City was used to be praised with "the petit Paris". The still beautiful colonialism style buildings and the Catholic Churches exist in the city center area and those buildings together with tall trees along cityscape generate a rich taste that lets you get away from the hustle and bustle of a city. On the other hand, the entire city overflows in vigor by observing a large quantity of products piled up in the markets and an endless number of motorcycles are ceaselessly on the road. Commemorative events of 40th victory anniversary are being scheduled in 2015 so that the energetic prosperity is foreseen from the entire historical city.

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