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    WHAT WE DO

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Gaining PhD through EDUSHARE Scholarship

Dr Cao Bich Thuy reports on carrying out extra study to gain her PhD after her recent graduation.

“Tartu University has long-time partnership relations with Vietnamese Universities in Danang and Hue. In 2016, they started an international project ‘Joint capacity building in biomedical higher education’ through adopting international academic standards and transferring technology between European and Vietnam universities – we call an ‘EDUSHARE’ scholarship. The project works with the PhD students who will be future teachers in higher education by improving their competences. The program is based on international partners, is mix from different European academic institutions and involves a new specialty for Vietnam.
In 2011 I received a short-term scholarship to study at Tartu University – Estonia. After returning home I kept in touch with my friends there and continued to follow up on subsequent scholarships. Through a colleague working with me at my university who is currently a PhD student at the University of Tartu, I had the opportunity to access an Edushare Scholarship.
Before moving to work in the position as a Speech Therapist, I’m a Doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. I therefore think issues related to dysphagia or feeding disorders in children will be closely linked to my previous work. This issue is also very new in Vietnam and moreover, the evidence for this field in Vietnam is currently unavailable. That’s why I chose this topic for my research related to that area: ‘Variation of ankyloglossia among Vietnamese new-born children’. I hope through this course I will have a better understanding of Tongue-tie and its impact on infant feeding as well as a small contribution to the provision of evidence for the Speech Therapy in Vietnam.”

Dr Thuy is pictured outside the University of Tartu, at her graduation in September and with her classmates.

   

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