More Viet­namese stu­dents com­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION - By JIM CHIPP

In­ter­na­tional stu­dent num­bers from Viet­nam have bur­geoned in re­cent years.

In 2007, 218 young Viet­namese chose to study in Welling­ton and that grew to 381 in 2010.

Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment agency Grow Welling­ton has pro­moted the city in Ho Chi Minh City.

Grow Welling­ton chief ex­ec­u­tive Nigel Kirk­patrick said Welling­ton’s growth rate in stu­dents from Viet­nam was the high­est in New Zealand.

‘‘Some of it we can put down to our re­cruit­ing ef­forts.’’

Duy Dinh was study­ing eco­nom­ics at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity and English at Welling­ton High School and his friend Tuan Tran also stud­ied English, food tech­nol­ogy and physics at the high school.

Duy said he pays $27,000 a year in fees and lived in a homes­tay in Is­land Bay, and Tuan lives in stu­dent accommodation in Pe­tone.

Duy is from Hanoi and Tuan is from nearby Hai Duong and nei­ther spoke English when they ar­rived.

Tuan said he chose to study in Welling­ton be­cause his aunt has lived in Lower Hutt for more than 12 years.

New Zealand pro­vides a bet­ter study en­vi­ron­ment than his home coun­try, he said.

‘‘In Viet­nam we have to study very hard but in New Zealand I have more time to re­lax so I find I can study bet­ter.’’

He said he has many friends at the school and plays foot­ball for the school. Tuan in­tends to re­turn to Viet­nam to work when he fin­ishes his ed­u­ca­tion.

Duy said he ini­tially tried study­ing in the Czech Repub­lic but did not find the lo­cals friendly.

His sis­ter had lived in Welling­ton for the past eight years and his fam­ily wanted him to come here to study.

He would like to find work in eco­nom­ics in New Zealand when he grad­u­ates.

The school’s dean of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, Ju­lia Beres­ford, said most Viet­namese stu­dents there were from the north, as were most Viet­namese stu­dents in Welling­ton.

‘‘There is that sort of net­work and there is also a solid mi­grant com­mu­nity here.’’

Duy and Tuan would have ini­ti­ated com­ing to New Zealand by con­tact­ing an ed­u­ca­tion agent in Hanoi to take care of the pa­per­work.

‘‘There were huge num­bers of stu­dents com­ing out from Viet­nam about three years ago but num­bers seem to have sta­bilised now,’’ Ms Beres­ford said. ‘‘I think that is be­cause the New Zealand dol­lar is very high.’’

Cong Luong is also from Hanoi orig­i­nally, but his fam­ily moved to Ho Chi Minh City in South Viet­nam when he was young.

Af­ter be­gin­ning study­ing eco­nom­ics in Ho Chi Minh City, he moved to Vic­to­ria Univer­sity af­ter 18 months.

Vic­to­ria and Ho Chi Minh have a part­ner­ship ar­range­ment.

Last year, Cong grad­u­ated with a BCA/BSC and this year he is study­ing to­wards hon­ours in fi­nance.

‘‘My first choice was Switzer­land but I changed my mind be­cause it is cheaper in New Zealand,’’ he said.

‘‘New Zealand is a good coun­try to study. It is quiet. It has a nice en­vi­ron­ment, nice peo­ple.’’

Lan­guage was ini­tially a bar­rier to study, but he records lec­tures.

‘‘I went home and lis­tened to them again, and re­peated and re­peated,’’ he said.

‘‘The more I read the ma­te­rial, the more I lis­ten to the ma­te­rial, the more I un­der­stand it.’’

Viet­namese stu­dents also co­op­er­ate, study­ing to­gether in groups.

Out­side the li­brary and the lec­ture theatre, Cong is pres­i­dent of Vic­to­ria’s Viet­namese As­so­ci­a­tion, plays bad­minton and works part­time.

Group learn­ing: Duy Dinh from Viet­nam, Feng Zhi­hui from China and Sowiabh Sa­jwan from In­dia.

Many heads: Shiho Kono from Ja­pan, Tuan Tran from Viet­nam and Linh Trinh, also from Viet­nam, join in at an English study group at Welling­ton High School.

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