Phạm thu hương,quý bà kín tiếng phía sau ông phạm nhật vượng: ứng viên tỷ phú usd mới


Just a short three years ago, Pham Thu Huong had no tin nhắn address, no Facebook trương mục, and no time ever spent at the mạng internet cafes that sprout lượt thích weeds around Vietphái nam. In fact, she had almost never laid her hands on a computer.

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And yet now she is wrapping up her college degree in computer science, eager khổng lồ try her hvà at writing code for a đoạn phim game starring a bird, & impressed by all the programming language that has khổng lồ be learned before one can print a simple greeting: “Xin chao, the gioi” — or Vietnamese for “Hello, world.”

With the support of’s YouthSpark scholarship, Huong has been able to spkết thúc more time on her school work & less time on side jobs. The program seeks out promising young women with an interest in tech studies & is managed by the Center for Education and Development, a nonprofit group based in Hanoi. Students apply by writing an essay about their professional goals và providing background details about their financial need.

Huong in a project discussion with her teammates at the Center for Education and Development

While there is a focus on the technology sector, the program taps into a much broader trover. Vietnam giới has a tradition of individual entrepreneurship that dates baông chồng further than the birth of most countries, from the merchants who received colonial ships in the Saigon port, to lớn the traders who have sầu crisscrossed the lvà border with Trung Quốc.

But the modern change brought by information technology is updating this tradition, carrying with it the spirit that anyone with enough smarts and sweat can bởi well, no matter his or her background.

For Huong that background is in the village of Nam Dinc, more than 100 kilometers from the capital of Hanoi, where locals are known for their tofu & bamboo hat trades. In Nam Dinc, her mother carried the family, selling vegetables & pork lớn tư vấn a sick husband and son. Huong never dared ask her parents for the few cents it would cost khổng lồ play games at the nearby cyber cafe. Though the village had an mạng internet connection, as far as Huong was concerned, the World Wide Web still was not wide enough lớn make it khổng lồ her small corner of the world.

When she finally came around to the idea of a future career in tech, the reaction from friends, relatives, & neighbors was surprisingly consistent: What is a girl doing in IT?

“They said it’s hard, possibly too hard for girls,” Huong said in an interview one recent, sunny weekover after arriving on motorbike. “They still think of it as a boy thing.”

Vietphái mạnh makes gender echất lượng a core part of its national agenda, from the grade school textbooks that teach of the Trung sisters’ fight for Vietnamese independence, khổng lồ the workplace policies that protect expecting & new mothers. But gender norms still live on. And in Huong’s hamlet, people were mostly used to lớn the image of boys and computers. Far better for her to go inlớn a normal job, they told her, like teaching.

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Her ailing father, though, was not among them. With a nostalgic smile, Huong reminisces about how he encouraged her to lớn work in tech. With technical skills, he figured, she could find a job easily & not have the financial struggles that he did. Huong had thought she’d study pedagogy, but out of respect for hyên, she considered the alternative. She started to spover time tinkering with the computer at an uncle’s house và became amazed at all the information available at her fingertips. Eventually she applied as a computer science major at National University, in the capital.

Huong at an Award Ceremony for YouthSpark Scholarship for Female Students in Technology

Huong became one of 80 coeds khổng lồ receive sầu a YouthSpark Scholarship this year, open to eight universities all across Vietnam. With their focus on IT-related degrees, the scholarships mesh well with the country’s broader economic development goals. The government has put giải pháp công nghệ at center stage, having co-founded its own accelerator, introduced tax & other incentives for tech startups in the Law on Supporting Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, và hosted campaigns to get more companies to lớn vị business online.

But females have not been at center stage. Their illiteracy rate is twice as high as that of males in Vietnam giới, & they earn 75 cents for each dollar earned by men. In a telling sign of the disparity in Science, Technology, Engineering, và Mathematics (STEM), Huong said there are 56 computer science majors at her school — & only eight are female, including her.

Still, she’s excited lớn dig inlớn computers, games, và all the intricacies inside them. A employee gave sầu her a máy tính xách tay, which she uses to lớn practice coding.

“When you play a game it looks really nice, but when you study computer science you realize that, for the game khổng lồ be lượt thích that with no bugs, people need a lot of knowledge & experience,” Huong said. “It’s so cool — you know exactly the logic, what command leads lớn what result.”

After graduation she is contemplating a job as a software test engineer. Toshicha Vietphái mạnh, the Japanese tech giant, has already offered her a full-time position. What’s next is up khổng lồ Huong.

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