VietNamNet Bridge - Of several thousand candidates from 140 countries, only 5-10 receive scholarships from OFID, the OPEC Fund for International Development. Tran Bich Phuong, 25, is the first Vietnamese in 10 years to win the scholarship, which is offered to students from developing countries who study for a master’s degree. The scholarship includes full tuition, living expenses of $1,500 per month, airfare, medical insurance, books and $1,000 initial fee upon arrival. Students can choose to study at any school in the world, including the UK, the US and the EU. With the scholarship, Phuong will leave Vietnam in late August for Stockholm to start a one-year training course for master’s degree in healthcare at Karolinska Institute. This is a leading medical school and one of the top five medical schools in the world which is on equal footing with Harvard, John Hopkins and Oxford. Karolinska Institute includes the Nobel Assembly, the body which awards the Nobel … [Read more...] about First Vietnamese winner of an OPEC scholarship in 10 years
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VietNamNet Bridge – The story of a family that took its two boys out of school to teach them at home in HCM City has been generating public interest after newspapers and social networks reported on it as a successful model. Two brothers, Dang Nhat Anh, 19 and Dang Thai Anh, 14, dropped out of school after finding their curiculum too stressful and unsuitable for their development, and felt they were being unfairly treated by teachers, as well. They have been taught at home by their father, Dang Quoc Anh, a former university professor who decided to quit to be a full-time dad and home teacher. What made the family choose this form of education, which is unfamiliar to most people in Viet Nam? According to the father, in 2014, Nhat Anh was punished by having to queue in front of the headmaster’s office during break time with other 20 students for not doing their homework. He and his wife opposed the punishment because they thought it was not educational. This was just one of … [Read more...] about Home is where the school is. Or is it?
Tran Khanh Vy has gone from a YouTube sensation with videos showing that she can speak multiple languages to a new idol for young Vietnamese thanks to her multilingual talent. Tran Khanh Vy has gone from a YouTube sensation with videos showing that she can speak multiple languages to a new idol for young Vietnamese thanks to her multilingual talent. The 12th grader based in the north-central province of Nghe An stole the show after she was featured in an English-speaking talk show broadcast on a national TV channel on Saturday. The footage of the show has been shared widely on Facebook, with a wave of admiration for the small girl who talked confidently and naturally with the host entirely in English. Vy impressed not only students of her own age, but also a lot of older people in a country where English fluency is achieved by only a few. The 17-year-old was invited to the 8 IELTS show aired on VTV7, the education channel of national broadcaster Vietnam Television, as a girl … [Read more...] about Vietnamese student wows national TV viewers with English fluency
A Vietnamese student is responsible for undertaking the massive, yet rewarding, task of founding the first International Vietnam Model United Nations (IVMUN) in the southern metropolis. A Vietnamese student is responsible for undertaking the massive, yet rewarding, task of founding the first International Vietnam Model United Nations (IVMUN) in the southern metropolis. Hoang Ngoc Xuan Mai had just graduated eighth grade at the Tran Dai Nghia High School for the Gifted, when she founded the Ho Chi Minh City chapter of the program. This 14-year-old girl ranked first in her school’s entrance exam and has always been an active member of various extracurricular activities. Founder of IVMUN in Ho Chi Minh City Mai’s passion for sharing was the fuel behind her organization of the International Vietnam Model United Nations (IVMUN) for over 120 students representing a number of schools in Ho Chi Minh City. IVMUN is an academic activity that simulates United Nations' … [Read more...] about 14-yr-old Ho Chi Minh City student organizes City’s first Model United Nations