Wearing a backpack and a simple sweater, it would be difficult to spot Mr. Odon Vallet in a crowd of people. There is nothing exceptional about his appearance or demeanor that sets him apart. He is quiet, modest and looks like what you would expect of a typical university professor. However, there is certainly more to Mr. Vallet than meets the eye. I met this exceptional man on an evening in early April. He invited Anh Tuc Nguyen, a Dong Hanh member, and I to dinner at a small Italian restaurant on Paris’ busy Montparnasse Boulevard. We got to the restaurant before him so we sat down and awaited his arrival. I did not know what to expect. Tuc had
Name: Duc Anh Vo Profile: Duc Anh grew up in poverty. As a high school student, while others enjoyed their school time, he juggled his studying and part-time jobs to support his family, yet he still excelled at school. He succeeded in a really selective entrance university’s exam, but that was not the end of the story. Moving to a big city, along with tuition fees, he needed money for just anything, Duc Anh was again confronted by the financial hurdle which has been impeding his family for generations. Thankfully with the support of DongHanh scholarship and of course his personal efforts, he was able to finish his first year with excellent result ,he then earned a full time study at
Name: Luong Vang LE Age: 22 Fourth year student in Polytechnic university of Ho Chi Minh city. Year of scholarship: 2011. Education & distinctions: High school Luong Van Chanh (Phu Yen ) : result of the entrance exam for Polytechnic University of Ho Chi Minh City : 25/30 . Polytechnic University of Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam : In the training of excellent engineer in Viet Nam (PFIEV) First and second prize of National Olympic contest in physics, third prize of National Olympic contest in mechanical fluid, fourth prize of National Olympic contest in mechanics. Recipient of INSA-Lyon scholarship for two years of study. Future plans: he hopes to have the chances of studying in the developing countries, in particular
Name : LÊ Hồng Thái Age : 25 Academics: Francophone University Association (AUF – Agence universitaire de la Francophonie), Advanced Material Mines Nancy (ENSMN – École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy), Materials Science and Engineering Year of scholarship: 2012, the scholarship is used to obtain DELF B2 certificate as well as to cover a part of tuition fee. Besides, Dong Hanh also accompanies him in many others activities such as how to choose and how to apply for postgraduate study, etc. Future plans: Complete the program in Mines Nancy and do research about material structure, especially new material like Nano material.
Name: Trong Hieu Nguyen Age: 25 Academics: Polytechnic University of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Electrical Engineering (2006 – 2009). University of Oregon, United States (2009 – 2012) – Degree in Electrical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude (uppermost honors). Australia National University, Australia – Currently completing a doctoral thesis in semiconductor materials/solar cells (since 2013). Year of scholarship: 2006 and 2007 (received two scholarships from Dong Hanh). Uses of the scholarship: The first scholarship was used to study English in order to study abroad in America. The second scholarship was used for his studies at the Polytechnic University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Future plans: In 3 years he hopes to have completed his doctorate at ANU. In the
Name: HUYNH Nam Khoa Age: 23 Education: 2009 – 2013: polytechnic university of Ho Chi Minh City. Graduated with honor. From 2013: PhD student at Nangyang technological university, Singapore. Year of scholarship: 2009 Use of scholarship: A part of the scholarship is used to help his family who survived in a tropical hurricane. The rest is paid for an English course. Future plan: Finish his PhD program with the subject of “Energy Efficiency in Smart Building”. Widen a branch of Dong Hanh in Singapore as its president.
One day in early December, after a long flight from Paris to Australia en route to the Australian National University (ANU, the biggest University in Australia), we received a letter from Mr. Trong Hieu Nguyen, a student who received two Dong Hanh Scholarships and was an active DH member in Ho Chi Minh City. In this letter, he happily told us his good news of getting a full scholarship from ANU to continue with a PhD. I had the opportunity to meet him several times. On behalf of the Fund’s Board of Dong Hanh studies, I would like to share a very interesting conversation with Mr. Trong Hieu Nguyen and his professional progress. Hello, could you tell us a bit