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Young man wins Russian scholarship to follow his dreams

Many students dream of a bright future and a great job after graduation and 26-year-old MrAmphaivanhXayaboutis hoping realise his dreams after receiving a Russian government scholarship for atwo-year Master's degree in management.

Overseas study such as in Russia isoften the target of many young people in Laos. For some, it all works out, but others struggle to achieve their dreams despite all their hard work and good intentions.

“I would like to be a management specialist and start my own business when I finish studying,”MrAmphaivanh said.

Mr AmphaivanhXayabout is off to a Russian university.

This year many young Lao people have the opportunity to study in Russiawith a total of 81 students and officials receiving scholarships to study bachelor, master's and doctorate degrees at Russian universities.

The courses are mostly in international relations, business administration, medical science, accounting, banking, tourism, electrical engineering, architecture, agriculture, hydropower, engineering and information technology.

According to the scholarship committee, providing scholarships to Lao students helps develop the nation's human resources and hastens the process of socio-economic development.

Students will also learn about Russian traditions and culture, use the opportunity wisely and think about how they can use the knowledge they gain in Russia on their return to Laos.

MrAmphaivanhor, or Kapou, as he's known to his family andfriends,is now one of the 81 lucky scholars with an opportunity to study at a Russian university.

He said Russia had a lot of scholarships available and applicants just had to find out what best suited them.

“You can find information onthe Russian Embassy to Laos and other applications, so don't be afraid to go abroad because studying foreign languages lets you connect with overseas friends easily,” he said.

Students and state/private personnel interested in future annual Russian scholarships can apply at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture inPhonxay village, Xaysettha district, Vientiane.

Kapoualso passed on his study tips for would-be scholarship applicants.

“I compartmentalise my activities. I allocate three hours for studying each day, eight hours for sleeping and five hours for other activities. When I was studying English, I liked to play sports with my friendsin my free time.”

“My family has always been supportive of everything, especially my education. I applied for a Russian scholarship because I know the education system there is high quality, and it's been my dream since I was a child.”

“I have to study the Russian language the most because it's very difficult for me to understand what people are saying, but their technology is very modern.”

“The scholarship is very important for me because I want to improve my skills and knowledge in relation to business especially,so I applied for the master's degree in management programme.”

“The climate in Russia is completely different to here; sometimes the temperature drops below zero which will be very unusual for me,”Kapou said.

MrAmphaivanh's mother, Ms BounthavyXayabout, also spoke to Vientiane Timesabout her talented son.

“Amphaivanhis paying attention to his studies. He is always seeking information and developing new skills and experiences by himself and seeking ways to continue his studies,” she said.

“Our family always supports him. I would like to thank the government of Russia for giving this opportunity to all Lao people, especially my son, to study at universities in Russia,”Ms Bounthavysaid.

By Phomphong Laoin
(Latest Update September 30 , 2017 )

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