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China becomes hot destination for Vietnamese students

China Daily | Updated: 2018-05-30 08:20
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A Vietnamese girl in a white dress stepped out of the Chinese Embassy with her oval face brightened in the early summer sunlight.

Le Phuong Thao, 24, completed procedures to apply for a student visa to study in China in the coming autumn.

"I am lucky. I queued up here from 7 am this morning. Too many applicants are still waiting outside the embassy," Thao told Xinhua, pointing to dozens of people standing in long lines along the embassy's front wall.

Thao, who has received a letter of admission from Guilin University of Electronic Technology in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, is going to pursue a business management course at the Chinese university.

"My family runs a small electronics business whose key partners are Chinese firms. My parents want me to study this major so I can help develop our business," she says.

According to Tran Xuan Bach, director of Viet-Trung (Vietnam-China) Education, a study-abroad consultancy company in Hanoi, China has become a favorite destination for Vietnamese students.

Bach adds that applicants are youngsters from not only Hanoi, but also other northern localities such as Hai Phong, Bac Ninh and Bac Giang which house many Chinese investment and trading companies.

With over six years studying in China, Bach pointed out that Chinese education has many advantages that benefits Asian learners, especially Vietnamese ones.

"Chinese universities offer a wide range of high-quality programs but charge affordable tuition fees. With many scholarships available, their courses are even the most affordable options among leading universities in the world," he says.

Master's degree programs in economics, construction and communications are the most popular choices of Vietnamese applicants, who are mainly in their early 20s and about to graduate from local universities, according to Bach. Besides, Chinese traditional medicine is pursued by many Vietnamese youths.

Nguyen Van Trung from the capital Hanoi has graduated from the Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China's southeastern Fujian province. Now, Trung runs a traditional medicine clinic in Hanoi.

"I'm glad that I chose China to study abroad. In my opinion, it is the best place in the world to learn traditional medicines," Trung says.

Trung plans to study further at the same Chinese university next year. "I have everything I need to study, to research at the Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Professors there are very helpful and knowledgeable," he says.

Like Trung, many Vietnamese students who have finished studying in China and returned to Vietnam to work have given highly positive feedback on the quality of the Chinese education. Many of them were impressed by the development of Chinese cities and advanced teaching and learning facilities, and the profound knowledge of the lecturers.

Most of Vietnamese youths find it very easy to adapt to living and studying in China. "The geographical and cultural closeness between the two countries helps us feel comfortable as if we were at home. That's why we love studying in China," Trung explains.

Like many Vietnamese people who want to study in China, fourth-year student Nguyen Thanh Huyen is attending a Chinese language course at the Confucius Institute at Hanoi University. Huyen is studying hard to get a certificate of Chinese language proficiency next year to apply for a postgraduate course in Beijing.

"I'm really passionate about Chinese culture, films and music. Once I make it to China, I will travel as much as I can, so that I can see all the beautiful places, taste delicious specialties of different Chinese cities and provinces, and explore all of their customs," Huyen says.

Officially established in 2014, the Confucius Institute at Hanoi University, which often organizes Chinese classes and activities to promote teaching and learning of Chinese in Vietnam and facilitate cultural exchanges, has welcomed an increasing number of learners.

"Our classes are always fully booked. Sometimes we have to open up to 14 classes at the same time to serve over 300 students," the institute's head Do Thanh Van says.

According to her, many Chinese language learners at the institute are seeking for a scholarship to study in China.

"They believe that speaking Chinese and studying in China can help them secure a good job after graduation. They believe that they will have better opportunities thanks to China's rapid development," she notes.

Van finished her higher education in China, which has shaped her career, she says.

"Now, I can help Vietnamese students realizing their dreams of studying abroad. They can go to China and enjoy their youth, then define what they should do next for their future.


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