Vietnam-Russia relations have a long-standing and glorious history. Today, international bilateral relations focus on scientific and technological development and improvement of the education systems as well as achievement of social and economic objectives of the two states. Vladimir Murashkin, Head of the Russian House in Hanoi, talks about cooperation in education and the opportunities for Vietnamese applicants.
Accessible Education in Russia for Vietnamese Citizens
Russia is one of Vietnam’s key partners in education and science and technology cooperation. It provides ample opportunities for training highly qualified Vietnamese specialists. A large part of the Vietnamese political elite and intellectuals got their education in the Soviet Union and Modern Russia. Such a situation, in combination with territorial proximity, makes education in Russia attractive to a great number of young people who are still planning their future.
The number and quality of educational programs delivered by Russian universities is so high that applicants are spoiled for choice and can choose any field of study, from ballet to space. Such fields of study as economics, medicine, IT, a wide range of engineering specialties are most popular among Vietnamese applicants. Creative fields of study such as painting and singing are also in high demand.
To date, more than 3,000 Vietnamese citizens are studying in Russia. This figure will be on the increase in the foreseeable future because the national economy’s demand for personnel for high-tech industries of the national economy will remain high.
Vietnamese citizens can study at Russian university on a fee-paying basis. The cost of educational programs is considerably lower than at European and US universities.
To participate in the competitive selection to get a quota place from the Russian Government to study in Russia, Vietnamese candidates must fill in the application form and submit all required documents on the portal “Education in the Russian Federation for Foreigners” education-in-russia.com.
As candidates from Vietnam participate in the portfolio competition, they should wait after submitting their applications until the overall ranking is compiled. Further selection takes place based on this ranking.
The existing selection system allows talented and ambitious young people to get an education at the top Russian universities. The qualifications obtained, knowledge and skills make them sought-after specialists for national and international companies. As the evidence from practice shows, graduates of international relations faculties have some competitive advantages in their job search irrespective of the degree they earned: the educational institution status, qualification level, Russian language proficiency, international communication experience.
Education is one of the control points in Russia-Vietnam cooperation. Your country has helped us train more than 10,000 highly qualified specialists. Many graduates have taken top leadership positions in Vietnam, such as the positions of Prime Minister, Secretary General, heads of ministries and government agencies. Many of them work in such important fields as the oil and gas industry and atomic engineering.
Outstanding Vietnamese graduates of Soviet and Russian universities
Phạm Tuân – the first Vietnamese cosmonaut, Hero of the Soviet Union, graduate of Gagarin Air Force Academy.
Chan Dang Khoa – Vice President of the Association of Vietnamese Writers, graduate of Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Moscow. He is the author of 12 books of poems, four volumes of short stories and novels, and a literary criticism article.
Nguyen Van An – Chairman of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (2001—2006).
Nguyen Dang Phat – Secretary General of the Vietnam – Russia Friendship Association, graduate of Moscow State University.