40 Fulbright Everest Launchpad (FEL) students just had an eventful “city tour” around Saigon. With the motto “playing is learning”, the students had a memorable day full of laughters and, of course, cute “selfies”.
One of the most important stops during this tour is Vietnam’s first McDonald’s restaurant, owned by a member of Fulbright University Vietnam’s Board of Trustees, Henry Nguyen. Here, the students had a chance to listen to no other than Henry Nguyen, and were inspired by his start-up story a nd university experience.
The 4-week scholarship in Ho Chi Minh City is coming to an end. It is, however, still full of tears. These are no longer the tears of homesickness, but tears of the thought of having to say goodbye when the time comes.
The Rocketeers shared their thoughts after 4 weeks of Fulbright Everest Launchpad scholarship program.
Before leaving Saigon, a rocketeer expressed: “The most valuable thing I learned at Fulbright is to follow my heart, try my best and make a difference in my life.”
Another shared that: “Even after 8 years learning English in Ninh Binh, I still couldn’t speak English. And after just 3-4 weeks here, I spoke English with everyone.
“Be yourself. Be true to who you are and everyone will love you for who you are…”
The journey of living and learning at Fulbright has come to a close after one month, but beautiful memories will stay in each every student’s heart.
The Fulbright Everest Launchpad (FEL) was officially launched on July 03, 2017. This is a special scholarship, which provides a unique opportunity for the students to not only learn but also live and breath in English. From 1,215 submitted applications, Fulbright has chosen the brightest 40 students from different high schools all over the country to join FEL.
Ho Chi Minh City, July 03, 2017 – The Fulbright Everest Launchpad (FEL) was officially launched on July 03, 2017. This is a special scholarship, which provides a unique opportunity for the students to not only learn but also live and breath in English. From 1,215 submitted applications, Fulbright has chosen the brightest 40 students from different high schools all over the country to join FEL.
Each FEL student receives a full scholarship, which is worth VND 65 millions, including accommodations, transportation, and tuition fees. The scholarships are funded by Fulbright’s donor, Mr. Jack Tate. Jack Tate is the founder of the famous Baby Superstores chain in America. In the past 25 years, Mr. Tate has donated more than USD 25 millions for different medical and educational social projects.
“Fulbright is an important part in the development process of Vietnam. And a meaningful and essential element in this development process is to provide the Vietnamese students the opportunity to learn English, science, technology, math at an international-quality university. Vietnam needs to encourage the students to live and study in Vietnam so that they can contribute their talents to the growth of this country,” Mr. Tate shares. This is also the reason why he decided to support Fulbright, as well as to sponsor the FEL program.
“The Undergraduate program at Fulbright University Vietnam will be taught fully in English. And in order to learn completely in English, there needs to be preparations. To Vietnamese students, this is not an easy challenge, especially to the students in the far-away provinces.
Improving the English skill proves to be important, not only before receiving the offer to study at Fulbright, but also during their time at Fulbright. This is the pilot program for the young students, especially those in the provinces with fewer opportunities to learn English,” Dr. Dinh Vu Trang Ngan, Director of the Undergraduate program explains. This the the sole reason why Fulbright developed FEL.
To best prepare these students to learn English, Fulbright partnered with Everest Education to design a unique and innovative English program. The program combines both online and offline techniques to equip students with best, suitable learning methods no matter where they are, or what English level they have.
According to Tony Ngo, Chairman and CEO of Everest Education: “The education system in Vietnam is like chain production in a factory. Students are products, trained in the same speed and delivered the same result. Some tried to solve this predicament through online learning. Yet, it did not work very well with the students because technology cannot listen and understand each and every student; only a dedicated teacher can.”
Mr. Tony Ngo believes that the innovative blended learning of both online and offline methods will help utilize technologies and the teachers’ dedication. “Students will learn a concept of a particular topic at a suitable level, and with an appropriate speed for them.”
The FEL program will take place for 8 weeks, with two phases. During the concentrated English training phase, 40 students will live, learn and play together in an all-English environment in Ho Chi Minh City.
During the distance training phase, the students will return home and study at their high school while continue with FEL through a highly interactive online program. Each student will be awarded with a laptop or a tablet with full learning documents, software and English learning program.