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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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Breakfast @ Tien Phong News – January 29

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— Cold weather is to remain in Vietnam’s northern region on Sunday, with the temperature dropping to nine degrees Celsius in Hanoi and two degrees Celsius in mountainous areas, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting. 

— Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh checked nearly 500 kilometers of sections of the big-ticket North-South Expressway project in the north-central provinces of Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, and Ha Tinh on Saturday.

— A coach carrying 18 passengers flipped over and rolled over several times in Son La Province, northern Vietnam on Saturday, killing three people, seriously injuring four others, and slightly injuring the remainder.

— A collision between a passenger train and a trailer truck occurred in Hanoi on Saturday, injuring a railway guard, damaging the locomotive and the trailer truck, and causing congestion on the railway for 2.5 hours.

— Firefighters in Da Nang City, central Vietnam on Friday evening put out a fire breaking out on a fishing boat anchored at Tho Quang fishing port in Son Tra District, preventing the blaze from spreading to other fishing boats. At the time, some 60 fishing boats docked there.

— Police in northern Yen Bai Province are investigating the death of a ninth grader who was hospitalized after fainting away while drinking alcohol with friends, local authorities said on Saturday.

— A male security guard at the Yen Tu national relic in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam has been suspended for jumping onto the hood of a tourist’s car. Earlier, the car owner had failed to follow the security guard’s instruction to move to a parking lot.

Lifestyle

— The traditional Tich dien (ploughing) festival was held in Ha Nam Province, northern Vietnam on Saturday, or the seventh day of this lunar year, to pray for ideal weather and a bumper crop this year.

Sports

— Vietnamese star midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai played in a game for his Ligue 2 outfit Pau FC for the first time in three months on Saturday morning (Vietnam time) as a sub against FC Annecy.

World news

— Colombia seized 671 tonnes of cocaine in 2022, more than any other year on record, Reuters cited the report by the South American country’s defense ministry on Saturday.

— “New Zealand’s deadly flood emergency continued on Sunday after heavy rainfall hit the country’s north island, causing landslides, flash floods and knocking out roads,” Reuters reported.

— “Tens of thousands of public school teachers and other staff marched in Lisbon on Saturday to demand higher wages and better working conditions, putting further pressure on the Portuguese government as it grapples with a cost of living crisis,” Reuters reported.

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Read what is in the news today:

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— Cold weather is to remain in Vietnam’s northern region on Sunday, with the temperature dropping to nine degrees Celsius in Hanoi and two degrees Celsius in mountainous areas, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting. 

— Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh checked nearly 500 kilometers of sections of the big-ticket North-South Expressway project in the north-central provinces of Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, and Ha Tinh on Saturday.

— A coach carrying 18 passengers flipped over and rolled over several times in Son La Province, northern Vietnam on Saturday, killing three people, seriously injuring four others, and slightly injuring the remainder.

— A collision between a passenger train and a trailer truck occurred in Hanoi on Saturday, injuring a railway guard, damaging the locomotive and the trailer truck, and causing congestion on the railway for 2.5 hours.

— Firefighters in Da Nang City, central Vietnam on Friday evening put out a fire breaking out on a fishing boat anchored at Tho Quang fishing port in Son Tra District, preventing the blaze from spreading to other fishing boats. At the time, some 60 fishing boats docked there.

— Police in northern Yen Bai Province are investigating the death of a ninth grader who was hospitalized after fainting away while drinking alcohol with friends, local authorities said on Saturday.

— A male security guard at the Yen Tu national relic in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam has been suspended for jumping onto the hood of a tourist’s car. Earlier, the car owner had failed to follow the security guard’s instruction to move to a parking lot.

Lifestyle

— The traditional Tich dien (ploughing) festival was held in Ha Nam Province, northern Vietnam on Saturday, or the seventh day of this lunar year, to pray for ideal weather and a bumper crop this year.

Sports

— Vietnamese star midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai played in a game for his Ligue 2 outfit Pau FC for the first time in three months on Saturday morning (Vietnam time) as a sub against FC Annecy.

World news

— Colombia seized 671 tonnes of cocaine in 2022, more than any other year on record, Reuters cited the report by the South American country’s defense ministry on Saturday.

— “New Zealand’s deadly flood emergency continued on Sunday after heavy rainfall hit the country’s north island, causing landslides, flash floods and knocking out roads,” Reuters reported.

— “Tens of thousands of public school teachers and other staff marched in Lisbon on Saturday to demand higher wages and better working conditions, putting further pressure on the Portuguese government as it grapples with a cost of living crisis,” Reuters reported.

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Merit money at Vietnam religious facilities not subject to state management: new fiat

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Merit money donated to religious establishments, whether they are located in classified or listed relic sites, is not subject to state management but it is under control by those facilities themselves, according to a new rule included in a circular recently issued by Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance.

The circular, which ‘guides the management of financial revenue and expenditure for festival organization and merit money, funding for monuments and festival activities,’ was promulgated on January 19, 2023 after its draft version was released to the public for feedback in 2021. 

Under the new rule, which will take effect on March 19 this year, representatives of belief and religious establishments will be responsible for the management and use of merit money voluntarily donated to them by individuals and organizations during their visits to such places of worship.

This regulation, which is in contrary to the previous one in the draft version, is applied to every religious and belief facility, whether they are located in relic areas under state management or those belonging to private ownership.

If a belief or religious establishment is located within a relic site that is put under the management of a public non-business unit, then such a facility is required to pay that unit a part of the cost related to its repair, maintenance, renovation, upgrade or new constructions, if any, in addition to expenses for the maintenance of security and order, environmental sanitation, and others.

In the event that the relic area belongs to private ownership, then the owner of the relic will be entitled to manage and use merit money collected from relevant belief or religious facilities.

In April 2021, the ministry introduced the draft version of the circular including a rule putting merit money at belief and religious facilities under state management.

A woman is shown putting merit money into a box at Quan Su Pagoda in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Thien Dieu/ Tien Phong

A woman is shown putting merit money into a box at Quan Su Pagoda in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Thien Dieu/ Tien Phong

After the draft document was released for public comment and feedback, the suggested rule encountered strong opposition from the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) and some local churches such as the VBS in Quang Ninh Province.

These religious organizations sent documents to the finance ministry and other ministries and agencies requesting that the state not manage merit money at any religious establishment.

In its written proposal dated June 17, 2021, the VBS commented that such a rule secularized the sacredness of merit money offered by individuals and organizations to belief and religious establishments.

The proposal was sent to the Government Committee for Religion, the Central Committee for Mass Mobilization, the Central Committee of Vietnam Fatherland Front, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

The VBS said in its document that the term ‘merit money’ was not defined or explained in the draft circular as well as in any other legal documents of the state.

It commented that putting merit money under state management would not ensure the private ownership of the VBS and Buddhist practitioners as provided for in the Vietnamese Constitution and current legislation. 

The VBS cited provisions in the 2016 Law on Beliefs and Religions and the 2015 Civil Code as affirming that religious organizations have the right to receive and own lawful assets voluntarily offered to them by domestic and foreign organizations and individuals.

The VBS also cited Article 53 of the 2013 Constitution as stipulating that merit money is not ‘public property that is owned by all the people, and represented and uniformly managed by the state.’

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Merit money donated to religious establishments, whether they are located in classified or listed relic sites, is not subject to state management but it is under control by those facilities themselves, according to a new rule included in a circular recently issued by Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance.

The circular, which ‘guides the management of financial revenue and expenditure for festival organization and merit money, funding for monuments and festival activities,’ was promulgated on January 19, 2023 after its draft version was released to the public for feedback in 2021. 

Under the new rule, which will take effect on March 19 this year, representatives of belief and religious establishments will be responsible for the management and use of merit money voluntarily donated to them by individuals and organizations during their visits to such places of worship.

This regulation, which is in contrary to the previous one in the draft version, is applied to every religious and belief facility, whether they are located in relic areas under state management or those belonging to private ownership.

If a belief or religious establishment is located within a relic site that is put under the management of a public non-business unit, then such a facility is required to pay that unit a part of the cost related to its repair, maintenance, renovation, upgrade or new constructions, if any, in addition to expenses for the maintenance of security and order, environmental sanitation, and others.

In the event that the relic area belongs to private ownership, then the owner of the relic will be entitled to manage and use merit money collected from relevant belief or religious facilities.

In April 2021, the ministry introduced the draft version of the circular including a rule putting merit money at belief and religious facilities under state management.

A woman is shown putting merit money into a box at Quan Su Pagoda in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Thien Dieu/ Tien Phong

A woman is shown putting merit money into a box at Quan Su Pagoda in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Thien Dieu/ Tien Phong

After the draft document was released for public comment and feedback, the suggested rule encountered strong opposition from the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) and some local churches such as the VBS in Quang Ninh Province.

These religious organizations sent documents to the finance ministry and other ministries and agencies requesting that the state not manage merit money at any religious establishment.

In its written proposal dated June 17, 2021, the VBS commented that such a rule secularized the sacredness of merit money offered by individuals and organizations to belief and religious establishments.

The proposal was sent to the Government Committee for Religion, the Central Committee for Mass Mobilization, the Central Committee of Vietnam Fatherland Front, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

The VBS said in its document that the term ‘merit money’ was not defined or explained in the draft circular as well as in any other legal documents of the state.

It commented that putting merit money under state management would not ensure the private ownership of the VBS and Buddhist practitioners as provided for in the Vietnamese Constitution and current legislation. 

The VBS cited provisions in the 2016 Law on Beliefs and Religions and the 2015 Civil Code as affirming that religious organizations have the right to receive and own lawful assets voluntarily offered to them by domestic and foreign organizations and individuals.

The VBS also cited Article 53 of the 2013 Constitution as stipulating that merit money is not ‘public property that is owned by all the people, and represented and uniformly managed by the state.’

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My Thuan Bridge in southern Vietnam packed with returnees to Ho Chi Minh City

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The My Thuan Bridge connecting Vinh Long and Tien Giang Provinces in southern Vietnam was crowded on Saturday as residents in the Mekong Delta rushed back to Ho Chi Minh City after the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

Dozens of thousands of vehicles were seen on the bridge and a 40-kilometer road section from a road leading to the Can Tho Bridge to the My Thuan Bridge.

Traffic police officers of Vinh Long Province continuously patrolled to control the situation.

However, the traffic was heavy on a three-kilometer section from the welcome gate of Vinh Long City of the namesake province to the My Thuan Bridge.

Many people stopped on the sidewalks to wait for faster traffic.

Vinh Long traffic police officers attributed the congestion to the huge volume of vehicles waiting to enter the Trung Luong-My Thuan Expressway.

A leader of the Tien Giang Traffic Police Division said a container truck broke down on the bridge, causing the gridlock.

A National Highway 80 section from Dong Thap Province to the My Thuan Bridge faced the same fate with autos and motorbikes queuing up for several kilometers.

Vehicles also filled a 10-kilometer bypass in Vinh Long City.

Traffic police officers of Vinh Long and Tien Giang have cooperated to deal with the congestion.

Below are photos of the large volume of vehicles on the My Thuan Bridge connecting Vinh Long and Tien Giang:

Residents weave in and out of the traffic to pass through the My Thuan Bridge. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Residents weave in and out of the traffic to pass through the My Thuan Bridge. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Vehicles thread their way through the traffic. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Vehicles thread their way through the traffic. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

The approach road to the My Thuan Bridge is narrow, causing a bottleneck. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

The approach road to the My Thuan Bridge is narrow, causing a bottleneck. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Autos move slowly on the My Thuan Bridge. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Autos move slowly on the My Thuan Bridge. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Vehicles form a long line of over 10 kilometers from the My Thuan Bridge to Can Tho City. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Vehicles form a long line of over 10 kilometers from the My Thuan Bridge to Can Tho City. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

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The My Thuan Bridge connecting Vinh Long and Tien Giang Provinces in southern Vietnam was crowded on Saturday as residents in the Mekong Delta rushed back to Ho Chi Minh City after the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

Dozens of thousands of vehicles were seen on the bridge and a 40-kilometer road section from a road leading to the Can Tho Bridge to the My Thuan Bridge.

Traffic police officers of Vinh Long Province continuously patrolled to control the situation.

However, the traffic was heavy on a three-kilometer section from the welcome gate of Vinh Long City of the namesake province to the My Thuan Bridge.

Many people stopped on the sidewalks to wait for faster traffic.

Vinh Long traffic police officers attributed the congestion to the huge volume of vehicles waiting to enter the Trung Luong-My Thuan Expressway.

A leader of the Tien Giang Traffic Police Division said a container truck broke down on the bridge, causing the gridlock.

A National Highway 80 section from Dong Thap Province to the My Thuan Bridge faced the same fate with autos and motorbikes queuing up for several kilometers.

Vehicles also filled a 10-kilometer bypass in Vinh Long City.

Traffic police officers of Vinh Long and Tien Giang have cooperated to deal with the congestion.

Below are photos of the large volume of vehicles on the My Thuan Bridge connecting Vinh Long and Tien Giang:

Residents weave in and out of the traffic to pass through the My Thuan Bridge. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Residents weave in and out of the traffic to pass through the My Thuan Bridge. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Vehicles thread their way through the traffic. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Vehicles thread their way through the traffic. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

The approach road to the My Thuan Bridge is narrow, causing a bottleneck. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

The approach road to the My Thuan Bridge is narrow, causing a bottleneck. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Autos move slowly on the My Thuan Bridge. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Autos move slowly on the My Thuan Bridge. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Vehicles form a long line of over 10 kilometers from the My Thuan Bridge to Can Tho City. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Vehicles form a long line of over 10 kilometers from the My Thuan Bridge to Can Tho City. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

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