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Ton Duc Thang University: A Brilliant Option on the Way of Study Abroad

My name is Oringo Paet Fernando, from the ten-thousand-island country, Philippines. I started the Masters Programs at Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) in 6/2019. When I decided to leave my home and my country to go to a foreign country to pursue my dream of studying, improve my specialize; I met a lot of difficulties to adapt and integrate to cultural environment when i studied at this beautiful university.

With concerns about languages and cultural differences, I was afraid that I could not overcome the loneliness and had to return home after the first year of studying. Luckily, TDTU of VietNam had opened up an excelsior for me, a new opportunity with lots of good things and challenges. For now, I can confidently say that TDTU is my best decision.

                  Oringo student Paet Fernando is studying and researching at TDTU

If people ask me why I love this school so much, I would like to share what I have experienced after 1 year of studying here.

1. My first impression of TDTU was a green bowl. The entire campus is covered with countless green areas - something very rare in the heart of a big city like Saigon. Thanks to the harmonious combination of landscape and construction, TDTU has a very modern beauty, but it is also very delicate and gentle.

                                                         Overview of TDTU

The facilities that are invested to serve from learning to sports and entertainment are really outstanding points and very proud. Every little corner here has very meticulous care, enough to see the interest of the school for students. Understanding that, all students are aware of preserving the University's facilities and landscape, as a gratitude to the teachers' enthusiasm.

2. With standard and professional training criteria, TDTU always establishes a modern and integrated learning environment. As an international student, I did not feel  any loneliness in my classroom. All of my friends always had fun and helped each other to progress together. The difference in language and culture was no longer a barrier when we communicated with each other sincerely.

    

            Interesting, fun and productive group meetings with international students

3. Besides my lovely friends, my teacher was the one who motivated me to lead me through the stranges of the first days.Teachers who directly imparted knowledge also understood and sympathized for my difficulties when studying abroad. With professional perseverance and patience, always listening and giving a thorough guide, I can see their enthusiasm for every class, every single student.

  Save beautiful memories with precious teachers and friends

4. TDTU determines comprehensive training for students and trainees.Therefore, besides theoretical subjects, I also learned practical subjects to put knowledge into practice. As a graduate student, I always cherished a passion to explore the natural and natural world around us. I desired to study and equip myself with many self-study skills to understand and analyze the natural phenomena in life in the most scientific way. I was really lucky to be able to participate in extracurricular practice sessions at the most modern laboratory in Southeast Asia right at TDTU, with the full range of modern equipment and high expertise. The useful experiments under the guidance of the teachers have helped me to have an overview, grasp and apply my knowledge in professional fields as well as real life.

      

Practice at the most modern environmental monitoring laboratory in Southeast Asia of TDTU

Studying at TDTU is synonymous with comprehensive training, from knowledge to fitness. Once again, the facilities at TDTU are proudly honored with 2-star FIFA stadiums, multi-function gymnasiums and an international-standard swimming pool.

The multi-purpose gym that meets standards for professional sports tournaments is also where I participate in daily sports practice.

After hard study days, I often recharged my energy through badminton matches with my friends. There are many integrated sports in TDTU's versatile gymnasium such as basketball, table tennis, badminton, tennis, soccer, and even martial arts. For each sport, the school has each specialized club to organize and create favorable conditions for international students to participate.

Stadium of TDTU

2-star standard FIFA stadium, pool, and outdoor sports ground system of TDTU located next to the dormitories of international students

It can be said that TDTU changed my mind about a standard university, comprehensive research and experimental training instead of just focusing on teaching theory. And that is the general trend of higher education around the world. TDTU deserves a wise choice to help me acquire human knowledge. I am truly grateful to TDTU for providing a full scholarship to help me fulfill my master's dream and to create the belief that " Light from here shall illuminate the entire universe”

Oringo Paet Fernando,

Filipino student, Major in Sociology

(graduated from Saint Louis University, ranked 501–600th World University Rankings 2019, THE)