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Vietnamese man wins full scholarship to RMIT University after relentless journey to pursue higher education



Nguyen Minh Hieu was in disbelief when he found out he had won a VND900 million ($39,000) scholarship to RMIT University in Vietnam, a sweet payoff after years of craving access to higher education.

Hard work pays off

Hieu was born into a low-income family in the southern Vietnamese countryside. After losing his father in a tragic explosion at a young age, his journey to education has always been at risk of being cut short.

“We wound up losing our home and my mom and I had to move into an abandoned temple. We stayed there for nearly 20 years,” Hieu said.

Though still just a child, Hieu did his best to help relieve his mother’s financial burden.

“When I was in seventh grade, I begged my mum to let me drop out of school so she could save money on tuition, but she refused,” Hieu shared.

Six years later, after graduating from high school with no money to attend university, Hieu took up a job as a delivery driver.

“I began working for a bakery. I had to wake up at 4:00 am each morning to deliver cakes and bread. My shift lasted until very late at night.”

Hieu had almost given up all hope of a higher education when he found KOTO – a social enterprise with a mission to empower at-risk and disadvantaged youths in Vietnam through its internationally recognized hospitality training program.

“I felt like my chances of getting into KOTO’s program were pretty low, but I still decided to give it a shot,” Hieu shared.

In the end, Hieu’s steadfast commitment to education won over the KOTO representatives at his interview and he was admitted into the program.

Hieu is particularly grateful for the soft skills he was able to develop during his time at KOTO, particularly the improvements to his English abilities he was able to make through his interactions with foreign customers.

Coming to fruition

All of his hard work, gratitude and dedication paid off when Hieu received a scholarship awarded in 2018 by KOTO in partnership with TAFE NSW in Australia to study for an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management.

“Hieu is one of the most dedicated students I have witnessed in over 20 years of teaching,” said Karen Law, a professor at TAFE NSW. 

“He has true respect for the opportunity he’s been given and a clear goal of assisting other young people who came from very difficult backgrounds and want to achieve something.”

Hieu’s determination and thirst for knowledge have also made a strong impression on Huong Dang, Hieu’s mentor and the founder and CEO of the social enterprise HopeBox.

“I have witnessed Hieu achieving many milestones as he’s grown from a young boy with low-self-esteem to a completely transformed young man who is confident and has a heart full of hope,” Dang said.

This year, after passing a rigorous selection process, Hieu was accepted into the RMIT Vietnam 2020 Scholarship program at the age of 28.

“My biggest goal is to create a bigger impact in society and give people the chance to lend a helping hand.  Together we can build a stronger community and continue to support disadvantaged youths in Vietnam,” Hieu said.

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Vietnam confirms 59 new local Covid-19 cases



Vietnam confirms 59 new local Covid-19 cases

Medical staffs take samples for Covid-19 test in the northern province of Bac Giang. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

Health authorities confirmed 59 new local Covid-19 cases Friday evening, raising the national tally in the fourth wave starting April 27 to 9,173.

Of the new cases, 30 were recorded in HCMC, 19 in Bac Giang, six in Bac Ninh, three in Ha Tinh and one in Hoa Binh.

All the cases in the northern provinces of Bac Giang, Bac Ninh and Hoa Binh are associated with current outbreaks in the industrial parks there. The cases in HCMC and Ha Tinh are related to the previously confirmed Covid-19 patients.

Vietnam recorded 259 community transmissions in total Friday. Eighty discharges the same day raised the total number of recoveries to 4,733.

Of the 9,173 domestic cases recorded in 41 localities in the latest Covid-19 wave, Bac Giang, neighboring Bac Ninh and HCMC account for 5,083, 1,470 and 1,346, respectively.


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Three foreign education quality accreditation centres licensed in Vietnam



Deputy Minister of Education and Training Hoang Minh Son has signed a decision allowing three foreign centres for education quality accreditation to operate in Vietnam.

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FPT University completes quality accreditation in line with new assessment standards (Photo: FTU)

Accordingly, the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA), the Agency for Quality Assurance (AQAS) and the Accreditation Agency for Study Programmes in Engineering, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Mathematics (ASIIN), which are based in Germany, will operate in Vietnam for five years.

Of the organisations, ASIIN and AQAS have been recognised by the German Accreditation Council.

FIBAA was licensed to implement evaluation and recognition of higher education establishments and programmes in the fields of law, business, management, social science and social and behavioral sciences.

Meanwhile, ASIIN will provide evaluation and recognition of higher education institutions and training programmes specialising in natural sciences, engineering and statistics, computing and information technology, educational science, and teacher training.

AQAS is allowed to evaluate and recognise higher education institutions and training programmes at all levels in line with Vietnam’s regulations./.

Source: VNA


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HCM City leads national COVID tally on Friday with highest daily increase



Medical workers take COVID-19 samples from residents in residential area No 1 in Ward 15, HCM City’s Gò Vấp District. VNA/ Photo 

HÀ NỘI — HCM City broke its record daily increase of new COVID-19 cases on Friday with 149 locally-transmitted infections. A day earlier, it reported 137 cases, according to the Health Ministry. 

Việt Nam confirmed 264 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including five imported and 259 locally-transmitted infections.

Among the domestic infections, 149 were found in HCM City, 76 in Bắc Giang, 16 in Bắc Ninh,12 in Bình Dương, three in Hà Tĩnh, two in Hòa Bình and one in Lào Cai. Of them, 232 were detected in quarantine or locked down areas.

So far, the country has recorded 12,414 COVID-19 cases, including 10,755 domestic and 1,669 imported infections. The number of cases since the fourth wave of the pandemic began on April 27 has reached 9,172.

The ministry said as many as 4,733 patients have recovered from COVID-19 so far, as 80 of them were given the all-clear on Friday. Meanwhile the death toll reached 62 as the latest death was reported on Friday afternoon.

Twenty-four provinces have gone 14 days without detecting new cases.

By Friday evening, nearly two million vaccine doses have been administered, with 89,833 people fully vaccinated with two shots. About 14-20 per cent of the vaccinated people experienced post-vaccination reactions, equal to the proportion stated by vaccine producers and the World Health Organization.

Regarding vaccination against COVID-19 for elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, Dương Thị Hồng, deputy director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology said that they were among vulnerable groups facing a high risk of COVID-19 infection, so they needed to get vaccinated. However, the vaccination would be delivered to them only when they were in stable health conditions with health indicators in normal limits, Hồng said.

HCM City’s vaccination drive with nearly 800,000 vaccine doses donated by Japan to Việt Nam would begin on Saturday. —


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