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Student from farming family wins PhD scholarship without IELTS or TOEFL certificates

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Having never applied for a scholarship to study abroad and never taken an IELTS or TOEFL exam, Nguyen Thi Hoa did not think she would have an opportunity to study in Germany.

Student from farming family wins PhD scholarship without IELTS or TOEFL certificates

Nguyen Thi Hoa

However, Hoa, born in 1996, from Thanh Van commune in Thanh Oai district in Hanoi, has obtained a full scholarship to study for a doctorate at RWTH Aachen University in Germany.

Hoa said during her childhood, she chose to study at village schools because this allowed her to walk to school. She decided to study at Thanh Oai A High School because the school was near her house, though the school set the lowest entrance exam score benchmark.

Although she was good at natural sciences and loved mathematics, Hoa did not join the school’s selected team for excellent students in mathematics. Since the selected team for excellent students in physics still lacked members, Hoa, who was an 11th grader, was asked by her physics teacher to join the team.

Realizing this was a great opportunity, Hoa agreed with the teacher. She won a consolation prize that year.

One year later, the teacher chose Hoa as a member of the school’s team of students to attend the city’s competition for excellent students in physics. However, she did not win a prize.

However, the passion for physics continued. When finishing high school, Hoa decided to register to study physics (international program) at the Hanoi University of Natural Sciences, a member school of the Hanoi National University.

The first year at school was a difficult year for her. Hoa had problems with English and she feared that she would lag behind.

“My GPA was just 2.32 in the first semester. Fortunately, I regained by confidence in the second semester thanks to some subjects related to mathematics, and my GPA increased to 3.6,” Hoa recalled.

Hoa decided to study theoretical physics and mathematical physics. After graduating from the school, she applied for a master’s degree in physics, the major that she loves.

During the time of studying for a master’s degree, Hoa worked as a private tutor to have money to cover her basic needs. She received an invitation to work as a teacher for a privately run high school, but she refused the job as she wanted to spend most of her time on her master’s degree and scientific research.

Unexpected scholarship

“If I hadn’t decided to study abroad, I may have become a teacher at a high school after I obtained the master’s degree,” Hoa said.

The scholarship for studying for a doctorate came to Hoa unexpectedly. In early October 2021, Nguyen The Toan, her teacher, forwarded her information about scholarships from international partners. After reading the information, she found that the scholarship was suitable for her scientific research and she decided to apply.

In mid-November 2021, she was informed that her application was accepted and she prepared documents for studying abroad. And in mid-February 2022, she set foot in Germany and began studying at RWTH Aachen University. The school also arranged Hoa’s research at IAS-5/INM-9 Forschungszentrum, Juelich for her doctoral dissertation.

Hoa had never thought of hunting for scholarships to study abroad, as she had no degree or certificates in English skills such as IELTS and TOEFL. She had only studied English at university. However, she still was able to obtain a scholarship to study for a doctorate in Germany.

“They asked a lot about theoretical physics, statistics and quantum mechanics, i.e. the knowledge I received at university,” she said, adding that she is grateful to the University of Natural Sciences for her education.

Asked about opportunities after graduation, Hoa said one just needs to study well and pursue their passion, and opportunities will come.

“Sometimes opportunities come at times when we don’t expect,” she said.

Hoai Huong

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/feature/student-from-farming-family-wins-phd-scholarship-without-ielts-or-toefl-certificates-825268.html

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Typhoon Noru weakens after wreaking havoc in central Vietnam

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Typhoon Noru weakened on Wednesday morning after making landfall and wreaking havoc in central Vietnam, while heavy downpours are still in the forecast over the next few days.

The typhoon made landfall between Da Nang City and Quang Nam Province at around 3:30 am on Wednesday, unleashing winds of 103-133km per hour, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

At 7:00 am the same day, the wind speed decreased to between 62 and 74km an hour.

A restaurant is damaged in Da Nang City, Vietnam following the landfall of Typhoon Noru, September 28, 2022. Photo: Le Trung / Tien Phong

A restaurant is damaged in Da Nang City, Vietnam following the landfall of Typhoon Noru, September 28, 2022. Photo: Le Trung / Tien Phong

The storm is expected to travel west in the next 12 hours and be downgraded to a tropical depression and later a low-pressure area.

Due to the influence of the storm, provinces in central Vietnam and the northern part of the Central Highlands recorded massive rainfall of about 200-300 millimeters on Tuesday night.

More downpours are forecast for these localities on Wednesday and Thursday, posing a high risk of flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas as well as serious flooding in low-lying locations.

People fix power lines in central Vietnam following the landfall of Typhoon Noru, September 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Cuong / Tien Phong

People fix power lines in central Vietnam following the landfall of Typhoon Noru, September 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Cuong / Tien Phong

On Wednesday morning, scores of uprooted trees were recorded in Da Nang, according to the observations of Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporters.

Many roofs of houses were also seen lying on the streets.

Some residents began cleaning up areas around their homes even though the city was still affected by strong winds.

Officers remove an uprooted tree from a street in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: B.D. / Tien Phong

Officers remove an uprooted tree from a street in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: B.D. / Tien Phong

In Quang Nam, residents also reported uprooted trees and blown-away roofs following the landfall of Noru.

Multiple houses were submerged as serious floods hit the province’s Phu Ninh and Tay Giang Districts.

In north-central Quang Tri Province, nearly 1,400 people in Vinh O Commune were isolated after a bridge was swept away by floodwaters.

Officers remove an uprooted tree from a street in Da Nang City, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Cuong / Tien Phong

Officers remove an uprooted tree from a street in Da Nang City, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Cuong / Tien Phong

Authorities in north-central Thua Thien-Hue Province reported that more than 70 houses had their roofs blown away and eight others collapsed during the storm.

Noru and its circulation affected the power supply to about 1.2 million households in the central and Central Highlands regions, according to Vietnam Electricity (EVN).

Fishermen check their boats following the landfall of Typhoon Noru, September 28, 2022. Photo: Truong Trung / Tien Phong

Fishermen check their boats following the landfall of Typhoon Noru, September 28, 2022. Photo: Truong Trung / Tien Phong

A utility pole is broken due to strong gusts in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: B.D. / Tien Phong

A utility pole is broken due to strong gusts in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: B.D. / Tien Phong

A neighborhood is flooded in Phu Ninh District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Le Trung / Tien Phong

A neighborhood is flooded in Phu Ninh District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Le Trung / Tien Phong

A neighborhood is flooded in Phu Ninh District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Le Trung / Tien Phong

A neighborhood is flooded in Phu Ninh District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Le Trung / Tien Phong

A house is submerged in Tay Giang District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: P.L. / Tien Phong

A house is submerged in Tay Giang District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: P.L. / Tien Phong

A house has its roof blown away in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Van Linh / Tien Phong

A house has its roof blown away in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Van Linh / Tien Phong

A house has its roof blown away in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Van Linh / Tien Phong

A house has its roof blown away in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Van Linh / Tien Phong

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Concurrence of rain, high tide causes misery on Ho Chi Minh City streets

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A rainstorm triggered by the circulation of Typhoon Noru coincided with high tide peaking on the Saigon River on Tuesday afternoon, submerging roads and stalling vehicles in Ho Chi Minh City.

The water level in canals across Ho Chi Minh City began to rise and flow into the streets at around 5:00 pm.

As a result, several streets in low-lying District 7 such as Tran Xuan Soan and Huynh Tan Phat were dozens of centimeters below water, impeding traffic.

An alley down Huynh Tan Phat Street is submerged under floodwaters in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2022. Photo: Tien Phong

An alley down Huynh Tan Phat Street is submerged under floodwaters in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2022. Photo: Tien Phong

Many commuters tried to wade through the inundated routes, while several others ended up with broken-down vehicles.

Local vendors also struggled as floodwaters submerged their stalls.

A woman displays her food stall on a flooded alley down Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2022. Photo: Tien Phong

A woman displays her food stall on a flooded alley down Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2022. Photo: Tien Phong

“This road has been flooded every tidal season for more than ten years,” said Le Thi Ly, a 56-year-old resident of Huynh Tan Phat Street.

“Every time floodwaters flow into our houses, we have no choice but to move furniture to higher positions to avoid damage. 

Floodwaters inundate a residence in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2022. Photo: Tien Phong

Floodwaters inundate a residence in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2022. Photo: Tien Phong

“I hope the local tidal sluice project will soon be operating so that we will be less miserable every high tide season.”

Ly, like many other local residents, had to use boards to keep water out of her house.

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Vietnamese deputy foreign minister expelled from Party

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Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung was expelled from the Party following his arrest over the allegations of receiving bribes during the organization of repatriation flights during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong chaired a meeting of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat on Tuesday to consider the disciplinary actions against Deputy Minister Dung and Nguyen Quang Linh, assistant to the permanent deputy prime minister.

The Secretariat stated that Dung lacked responsibility and violated the Party’s regulations and state’s laws in directing and organizing repatriation flights for Vietnamese citizens abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The deputy minister was also investigated and arrested on suspicion of bribery.

Meanwhile, Linh took advantage of his position, compromised working principles, and violated the Party’s regulations and the state’s laws during the selection of enterprises to organize repatriation flights during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Linh was apprehended later the same day on suspicion of receiving bribes during the organization of repatriation flights.

Nguyen Quang Linh, assistant of the permanent deputy prime minister, in this photo provided by officers

Nguyen Quang Linh, assistant to the permanent deputy prime minister, is seen in this photo provided by officers

The violations of Dung and Linh resulted in serious consequences and adversely affected the reputation of the Party organization.

The Secretariat thus decided to expel both Dung and Linh from the Party.

The arrests of Dung and Linh were part of a wider investigation where officials were accused of taking bribes from Vietnamese citizens abroad who wanted to return to the country when commercial flights were not available during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the Ministry of Public Security launched an investigation into the case in late January, a score have been prosecuted and detained, including many officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Transport, and former leaders and officials of the Immigration Department.

During a press meeting in June, investigators stated that the bribes were worth tens of billions of dong. (VND10 billion = US$421,100). 

Vietnam organized nearly 2,000 repatriation flights during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the spokesperson of the Ministry of Public Security.

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