An elderly Vietnamese man has earned his Master of Science degree in electronic engineering at the age of 61.
“It is never too old to learn,” Vu Hung Cuong said after receiving his degree at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Science on April 26.
“My passion for scientific research, and the motivation and encouragement from my family and my students have helped me to move forward and fulfill my dream.”
Cuong was the oldest student to enroll in the department, according to former dean Nguyen Huu Phuong, who is also his thesis instructor.
“What impressed us is his competence in English, alongside his work experience, enthusiasm, and desire to learn,” Phuong recounted, adding that Cuong had scored an 8.9 for his graduate paper.
After Vietnam’s reunification in April 1975, Cuong graduated in electronics at the Community College of Nha Trang, which is now the college preparatory school of Nha Trang. He then worked as a railway signaling engineer for the national railway.
Cuong said that he had then intended to learn more through in-service training but he had to suspend his dream after being called to join the army in 1980.
As he demobilized, Cuong continued his learning at Ho Chi Minh University and was granted a bachelor of physical electronics in 1990.
In 2008, he became a lecturer at a computer training center of the university after experience in a few different jobs in fields like telecommunication, construction, and even running his own business.
Cuong decided to enroll in the post-graduate program at Ho Chi Minh University of Science and discovered a bumpy road after failing the admission exam three times.
“I didn’t give up,” the graduate said, adding that he managed to pass the examination in 2012 and succeeded in defending his thesis before earning his master degree in 2016.
“My passion for scientific research, motivation, and encouragement from my family and my students has helped me to move forward and fulfill my dream,” Cuong said smiling.