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84 year-old attends Duy Tan university, helps poor student

Update: October, 09/2016 - 23:41
With “young” clothes, the 84-year-old student Lê Phước Thiệt (middle with his classmates at Duy Tan University in Da Nang. VNS Photo Nguyên Hà
Viet Nam News

Lê Phước Thiệt, an 84-year-old man from the central province of Quảng Nam, has become well known for his university attendance, but few know of his generosity and kindness.

Thiệt, who has completed his first year in a master’s degree programme in business management at Duy Tân University in Đà Nẵng, gave up his assigned dorm room to one of his fellow students.

To encourage local students to finish high school, Thiệt has offered scholarships to 100 poor students from the city’s Đại Lộc District.

At the university, Thiệt asked his much younger classmates and teacher to refrain from calling him Bác (Vietnamese for fathers’ elder brother), to which they readily agreed.

Thiệt and his family moved to the US when he was a young child. In the US, he received his bachelor’s degree at the age of 69.

After returning to Việt Nam in 2013, he enrolled in the university in Đà Nẵng, where he is a model student. If he is absent from class, he calls lecturers to ask about what he does not understand.

“My effort to attend university is to set an example for our descendants,” Thiệt said.  VNS

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