Two months

It has been two months since I arrived in Austin. I didn’t expect that my MBA life would be busy like this. There are homeworks/readings that need to be completed before class, career/networking events that my favorite employers organize, case challenges and tech meetups that I love to attend. I have only 5 – 6 hours to sleep everyday literally.

Having said that, I enjoy every bit of it. For the first month I stayed in Airbnb (search Martin’s house) where I met a Brazilian researcher working in Norway but currently having a short project in Austin, a military veteran turned into Amazon Web Services employee, an Iranian graduated in Kentucky currently looking for jobs in Austin. My 289 classmates in McCombs MBA program are from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, and listening to their stories alone was an eye-opening exprerience to me. Students were organized in study groups of 5, each group will have one international student mingling with the other four Americans. As this is probably my ‘last official degree’, I’m stressing myself to explore a lot of different things in school. I joined Consulting group because I love cracking business challenges. On the other hand, I’m talking to people in Product Marketing and Product Management to understand about their roles and motivations.

Some of my friends asked me about how I came up with the decision of going to UT Austin instead of other schools. In fact, when I began my school search process, I only targeted the top 20 MBA programs in the US. Another important factor to narrow down my search is LOCATION. I can’t stress it enough. Location will affect how you travel to/from the city in terms of time and cost. Additionally I prefer not to suffer cold winter because my kid is not used to it. My top choice is Berkeley Haas but I got waitlisted/rejected after interview. The other remaining choices were Duke Fuqua and UT Austin McCombs. I loved Team Fuqua and I did reapply after being rejected the previous year. It obviously has a higher ranking than McCombs but its price tag is way higher. Taking into weather factor and my intended focus in tech, I believe McCombs is the best fit for me and my family.

For students having family and kid like myself, Austin is definitely a great place to live with affordable housing, school options, and tons of activities to keep your little ones enjoyed. You can survive without a car here because there are decent public transportation, plus UT students can ride buses for free. Of course it’s not on par with European cities but much better than other metropolitans in the US.

Another thing I love about UT Austin – McCombs is its extensive network of alumni, including not only full time program but also executive and professional programs, through which I can easily reach out to alums working in companies that I’m interested in.

I wrote too much today, will gonna sleep now. Final exams are coming in two weeks. Will update soon.

Austin@1AM, 01/10/2018.

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A new chapter ahead

Five years ago, I decided to leave Singapore and move back to Vietnam because my mother had been sick for quite a while.

Life back home has been amazing. Finally I can take care of my mom after so many years living far away from her. I then married my girlfriend, and we got a super lovely daughter.

Regarding professional life, I have been working for two MNCs in tech industry, helping local enterprises/banks/telcos to apply some of the most advanced technologies in datacenter (virtualization/hyper-converged technologies are some of them). I love my job and the joy of working with my colleagues who turn out to be my big brothers and sisters in life.

Still, I want to challenge myself again, I want to learn something completely new and irrelevant to my tech background. My mom’s health is stable now, so I can take the short-term risk of being far away from her again. I’m not one hundred percent comfortable doing so though.

I applied to some MBA programs in the US and decided to attend University of Texas at Austin this Fall. It is such a coincidence that my life abroad has been associated with cities beginning with either S or A: Shanghai, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Singapore, and Austin coming soon.

I will return to student life real soon, so I will have more time for writing and sharing with you again.

If you are in the US and would like to have a drink together, feel free to drop me an email.

Italian government Scholarships for foreign and IRE students

Học bổng này chắc năm sau mới mở lại. Deadline tháng 5 hàng năm.

Link: http://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/servizi/stranieri/opportunita/borsestudio_stranieri.html?LANG=EN

Pursuant to the provisions of Law 288/55 and subsequent changes and additions and with a view to implementing bilateral cultural agreements and the related Executive Programs, as well as multilateral agreements, intergovernmental Agreements and specific Conventions for supporting Special Internationalization Projects with Universities, Research Institutes and Higher Artistic Training Centres in Italy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation awards scholarships for studying in Italy both to foreign citizens and to Italian citizens living abroad (IRE) for the Academic Year 2017-2018. The aim of these scholarships is to foster international cultural cooperation, spread the knowledge of the Italian language, culture and science, as well as promote the Italian economic and technological system throughout the world.

Before applying, please read carefully the Call and check “Universitaly” which contains all necessary information on Italian universities, as well as the website http://www.studiare-in-italia.it/studentistranieri/.

Scholarships are offered to carry out study, training and research projects in Italian Higher Education Institutes (State-owned institutions or institutions legally recognized by the relevant  State authorities).

Courses for which it is possible to apply for a scholarship:

  • Second-level University courses (five-year degree/Master of Science) (Laurea specialistica/Laurea Magistrale 2° ciclo)
  • Master’s Degree courses (First and Second Level)
  • Ph.D Courses
  • Specialisation Schools
  • Research under academic supervision
  • Courses of Higher Education in Arts, Music and Dance (AFAM); Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria di Cremona; Scuola di Alta Formazione e Studio (SAF) of the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (ISCR); Scuola Nazionale di Cinema
  • Courses of Italian language and culture
  • Training/refresher courses for Teachers of Italian language

All Online applications must be submitted by midnight (Italian time) on May 10, 2017.

Denmark Government Scholarships

Hi All,

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Với lại về Việt Nam đi làm công việc gia đình cuộc sống bận rộn nên không còn nhiều thời gian viết blog.

Hôm nay nhớ châu Âu nên mò thông tin học bổng post chơi, hy vọng nhiều bạn sẽ kiếm được học bổng cho mình.

Link: http://studyindenmark.dk/study-options/tuition-fees-scholarships/tuition-fees-and-scholarships

Danish government scholarships for highly qualified non-EU/EEA students

Danish higher education institutions receive a limited number of government scholarships each year to fund highly qualified full-degree students from non-EU/EEA countries and Switzerland.

In order to be eligible for a scholarship you must be:

  • A citizen of a country outside the EU, the European Economic Area or Switzerland
  • Enrolled in a full degree higher education programme
  • Granted a time-limited residence permit in Denmark due to education

You are not eligible for a Danish government scholarship if you are:

  • Seeking admission to an Artistic Higher Education Institution
  • Have a legal claim to the rights of Danish citizens
  • Have been granted a residence permit at the time of admission by the Danish Aliens Consolidations Act §9c, subsection 1, as the child of a foreign citizen who has been granted a residence permit in accordance with the Danish Aliens Consolidations Act §9m, and who is a citizen of a country that is not acceded to the EU or covered by the EEA agreement
  • A student who is eligible for a grant in accordance with Danish Law regarding the State Education Fund

The scholarships are administered by the Danish institutions of higher education, each of which decides which students will receive a scholarship. For further information about the government scholarship, please consult the admission details of the higher education institution of your choice.

Please note: The government scholarship consists of two parts and can be given as full or partial tuition fee waivers and/or grants towards covering your living costs. However, since the scholarships are administered by the individual higher education institution you should enquire at the institution of your choice for further details.

20 scholarships for MSc in Engineering – Denmark

Link: http://www.sdu.dk/en/om_sdu/fakulteterne/teknik/studerende/scholarships

The University constantly seeks students of the highest quality, and, in recognition of the important investment that overseas students are making in their education, we are pleased to offer scholarships to certain applicants!

There are a few scholarship schemes at the University of Southern Denmark. The largest one is the Danish Government Scholarship – supported by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.

Through this scheme the Faculty of Engineering offers scholarships to highly qualified students enrolled in the following two-year master degree study programmes:

The scholarship covers all tuition fees. Students must be able to finance living expenses.

Who can get the scholarship?

Candidates must come from a non-EU/EEA country and be eligible to pay tuition fees.
The scholarship will be awarded to the best qualified of the eligible applicants to the above mentioned master degree study programmes.

Selection criteria

The best qualified candidates based on grades and a motivated application will be awarded the scholarship.

Application and application deadline

To be considered for the scholarship an application form and a motivated application must be submitted with the required documentation as described in the application form.

Application deadline: 14 December 2016

Applicants for the study programme who have not applied for the scholarship separately may be considered for a scholarship if someone who has been awarded a scholarship cancels his/her application.
Note: application for admission must be submitted separately. The scholarship application is only for the scholarship.

For further information about the scholarships please contact Student Service sdu-soenderborg@sdu.dk

When will I know if I get a scholarship?

Those who are awarded a scholarship will be informed before the end of January.

There are other scholarship schemes for specific courses or available from external organisations. To find out more please see here.

TU Delft Excellence Scholarships

Link: http://www.tudelft.nl/en/study/studying-at-the-tu-delft/finances/scholarships-awards/tu-delft-excellence-scholarships/

TU Delft’s mission is to make a significant contribution towards a sustainable society for the twenty-first century by conducting ground-breaking scientific and technological research which is acknowledged as world-class, by training scientists and engineers with a genuine commitment to society and by helping to translate knowledge into technological innovations and activity with both economic and social value.

Research at TU Delft encompasses virtually the entire spectrum of engineering sciences and it is this breadth that forms the basis for TU Delft’s strong scientific profile. The research questions we tackle are strongly inspired by important future challenges facing society.

TU Delft Excellence Scholarships are in line with our research-based initiatives such as Health, Energy, Globalization and Infrastructures & Mobility which are among the most important themes in today’s society. TU Delft aims to make an important scientific contribution to solving issues facing society that relate to these four themes, working from a thematic, multidisciplinary cooperation. Moreover, TU Delft is in the process of raising its international profile in several areas, some of them relatively new. This is to be achieved by clustering research capacity – either physically or virtually – in a number of university-wide institutes. This clustering of high-quality research capacity puts us in a better position to join national and international consortia and networks, and also makes us more attractive to top scientific talent.

Within the scope of the Excellence Scholarships, TU Delft also offers the Justus & Louise Van Effen Scholarships, financed by the legacy of Justus and Louise van Effen. Mr. van Effen studied at TU Delft in the 1940’s and strongly believed technological developments contribute to solving society’s issues.
The Foundation Justus & Louise van Effen was established with the aim of stimulating excellent international MSc students and financially supporting them in their wish to study at TU Delft.

Eligibility Excellent international applicants admitted to one of TU Delft’s MSc programmes, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 80 percent or higher of the scale maximum in your bachelor’s degree from an internationally renowned university.
Value of the
Scholarship
Full or partial scholarship
Procedure To be considered for these scholarships, your complete application for an MSc programme must be uploaded before 1 December of the preceding year.

In addition to all the regular documents for a MSc programme application, you must also upload a Scholarship Application Form (available mid September) in which you make clear why you are applying for the scholarship.

Only students meeting this deadline who have been (conditionally) admitted to one of the MSc programmes of TU Delft will be considered for these scholarships.

Granting Students who have been granted a scholarship will be informed by TU Delft per email by mid-March.
More information Central International Office

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