28 Vietnamese students achieve high marks in US

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Twenty-eight Vietnamese science students, who were enrolled into a two-year program at Portland State University in 2009, graduated on June 13 with exceptional grades.

Intel funded the students tuition and living expenses for those students that maintained a grade point of 3.8 or higher. The required grade for graduation is 2.0, and the perfect score of 4.0 is extremely rare.

The students were called "Vietnam's real assets" by Wim Wiewel, PSU president, who said he was amazed by the excellence and hard work of the students.

In 2009, Intel paid around US$2 million for 28 top Vietnamese students to get their engineering bachelor degrees at the PSU.

The 28 were selected from over 400 applicants.

The computer giant said the PSU provides outstanding Vietnamese students with more skills and equipment for study than Vietnamese universities can offer.

A condition for the scholars is that they must work for Intel Products Vietnam for at least three years after they return to Vietnam.

Intel Products Vietnam built its biggest assembly and test plant ever in Ho Chi Minh City, and it said sending Vietnamese students abroad is vital for the long-term success of the company.

Currently, the plant has 900 employees and plans to recruit 500 more each year until it has around 3,000 employees.

Last year, Intel Products Vietnam sent another group of 24 students

to PSU's Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science for electronics, engineering and business degrees under the two-year scholarship program.

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