return icon

Ethnic minority man becomes first in his community to gain master's degree

A young Mong ethnic minority man has become the first person in his community to earn a master's degree.

Giang Seo Chau, (left) guides agricultural techniques for farmers. VNA/VNS Photo

Giang Seo Chau made great efforts in his studies to become the first master's degree holder in Si Ma Cai District, the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, and help his community develop the household economy.

The 35-year-old was born and nurtured in a poor farming family of six children in Man Than Commune, Si Ma Cai District.

His parents were illiterate and he only went to school at the age of 10, but he always knew that only by studying could he lift his family out of poverty.

Therefore, Chau was determined, every day, to travel on tens of kilometres of forest roads for many years to go to school and always try his best in studying.

His efforts paid off and after graduating from high school, he passed the entrance exams of two universities.

Chau said that when he learned he had passed the entrance exam, he burst into tears. However, his father advised him to stay home because the family did not have enough finances to support him in his studies.

After lots of efforts to convince them, his parents finally agreed to let him pursue his education.

By choosing to study at Hanoi University of Agriculture (now Vietnam Academy of Agriculture), he hoped to bring what he learned in the school to his homeland.

Fortunately, he was exempt from tuition fees thanks to the Government's policy to support ethnic minority people, but to afford living expenses in Hanoi, Chau worked many jobs like washing dishes at a restaurant, as a shipper and on farms.

After graduating from university, he went for his master's degree.

In 2012, he got a master's in agriculture and forestry in Hanoi University of Agriculture and returned to his hometown, Man Than Commune, Si Ma Cai District.

He was Vice-Chairman of the communal People's Committee for five years and helped local people start their own businesses and develop the household economy.

Chau's efforts also contributed to making Man Than Commune the first locality in the highlands of Si Ma Cai District to complete a new rural construction programme.

In 2017, he was elected to be the Secretary of the Party Committee and Chairman of the communal People's Committee.

"If I had the choice again, I would still follow the path of studying and then return to my hometown," he said.

“I am very proud of my homeland and would like to remind young people that if they are determined and put in their best efforts, they will succeed."

His colleague, Chairman of the Quan Ho Than Commune People's Committee, Giang A Phu, said Chau offered effective instructions for local household farmers.

“These models bring about high efficiency, contributing to increasing income and ensuring local people's lives.”

With his efforts, Chau was honoured to receive the Certificate of Merit from then Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in 2016.

In 2020, Chau won third prize in the nationwide contest 'Innovative rural youth startup project' organised by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and was a delegate at the 3rd National Youth Talent Congress in Hanoi. 


Upland girl overcomes mountains to pursue education

Upland girl overcomes mountains to pursue education

Chao Thi Yen, a young woman from the Dao Tuyen ethnic minority in northwest Vietnam has defied challenges to become the first woman from her community to earn a master’s degree abroad through a full-degree scholarship


Vietnam demands Taiwan to cancel illegal drills in Truong Sa’s waters

Vietnam resolutely opposes and demands Taiwan (China) to cancel its live-fire exercises in the waters around Ba Binh island that belongs to Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly), Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang stated on December 2.

Make-in-Vietnam cameras have high security, satisfy standards

Make in Vietnam camera manufacturers are enhancing security capability and satisfying requirements on information security set by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) for devices such as cameras and Internet of Things (IoT).

Government plans to rearrange state-owned enterprises till 2025

Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai has signed a decision approving a plan of rearrangement of state-owned enterprises for the period of 2022-2025 in the form of one-member limited company, equitization, re-arrangement and divestment.

Transport Ministry urges new ship channel for large vessels in Mekong Delta

The Ministry of Transport has urged Tra Vinh Province to implement compensation payment for site clearance and resettlement support to build a new ship channel for large vessels in the Hau River.

Toan retains WBA Asia belt against Amparo in Bangkok

Le Huu Toan successfully defended his World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia minimum-weight (48kg) belt during The Challenger event on November 30 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Billions of dollars from foreigners invested in Vietnam’s enterprises

Foreign capital keeps flowing into Vietnam through many different channels, helping investors regain their confidence in the stock market and the economy.

Urban areas, parks to be built on Red River alluvium grounds

Hanoi authorities plan to build new urban areas and eco-friendly housing, and develop open space with parks, urban squares and flood parks on thousands of hectares on the alluvium grounds of the Red River area.

Target of 1 million social housing units difficult to reach

The goal of developing 1 million social housing units may not be feasible.

Ministry to control rice import management

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) fears the high level of rice imports and the failure to control imports will affect domestic production.

Gambling soars during World Cup

Football betting is taking place in the open air at venues where people gather to watch World Cup matches, or quietly online.

Michelin Guide to announce first Vietnamese restaurant selections

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have been selected by Michelin as the latest destinations joining the international selection, as compiled by the Michelin Guide.

Ministry to crack down on Internet ads violations

The Ministry of Information and Communications held a conference in Hanoi on November 30 to roll out Internet advertising management measures.

Seven-day Tet holiday fixed for State employees

Officials, civil servants, public employees and workers of State administrative and socio-political organisations will enjoy a seven-day Lunar New Year (Tet) and four-day National Day holidays next year.

Vietnam has opportunity for energy transition towards green growth

Vietnam boasts substantial potential for wind power, particularly offshore wind power, providing an opportunity for the country to fulfill its energy transition target towards green growth.

PM requests combined efforts to combat IUU fishing

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh called for concerted efforts to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing while chairing a teleconference with 28 coastal provinces and cities on December 1.