Must students studying abroad return to Vietnam?, Vietnam Net Bridge, 8 January 2016.

An edited extract of the original article appears below.

Whether Vietnamese students should return to Vietnam after they finish overseas study is a topic of hot debate on social networks.

The topic emerged again after Do Hoai Nam, a Vietnamese in Silicon Valley, commented about Vietnamese students who do not plan to come back to Vietnam after finishing study because they cannot get appropriate job opportunities.

Calling this ‘paranoia’, Nam, who studied in Australia, worked as a waiter and took many different jobs to earn his living before setting up a business. He believes he understands overseas Vietnamese students.

Nam’s comments immediately caught the attention of the community of overseas Vietnamese students because he is founder and CEO of Emotiv Systems, which developed a brain-computer interface, a rare Vietnamese success in Silicon Valley.

The comment has received nearly 10,000 likes, 1,000 shares and 1,200 comments.

Facebooker Anh Pham believes that it is arrogant to criticize Vietnamese students just because they don’t return to Vietnam after finishing overseas study.

He believes that the pursuit of happiness is the legitimate right of people and that one can make contributions to the homeland in his own way.

According to Anh Pham, until the Vietnamese income per capita is still low at below $5,000, Vietnam should have policies to encourage Vietnamese to study abroad and work to prepare for plans to be implemented 10 to 20 years later.

Facebooker Tam Pham commented that every individual can best understand what he wants and needs to do, and should make decisions based on his conditions.

…When Deputy Minister of Interior Affairs Nguyen Duy Thang (was) asked by the National Assembly’s deputies why 12 out of 13 champions at the ‘Road to Olympia’ competition did not come back to Vietnam to serve the fatherland after finishing studying overseas, (he) said: “I think many deputies here have children or relatives staying abroad. My children also did not return to Vietnam.”…



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