If you ask a common person (a student) about their knowledge on Central Asia, most likely you will get a scratch on the head or a clueless face but if you mention Kazakhstan, they would probably say, “I have one classmate from there!”. At this section of Faces @ Easyuni, one of our Account Managers, Zhanar tells us more about her country and what is it like studying in Kazakhstan.
To get this started, perhaps you can tell us a little more about yourself and what you do in Easyuni?
Hi! I’m Zhanar, I’m from Kazakhstan. I joined the Easyuni team 6 months ago as an Account Manager.
You’re one of many from our team who’s a foreigner working here. Maybe you can let us know 3 cool things about that place (your country)?
First of all you are all welcome to visit my country because Kazakhstan is hosting a World Expo in 2017…please be our guests! One of the cool things would be actually a cool thing itself… Our winter! Even though it’s severe back home, I still think it’s cool as in “awesome” type of cool, the hospitality of Kazakh people is something I really can be proud of plus the fact our landscapes are pretty much all you need, you can find anything you want. Forests, mountains, lakes, steppes, deserts, canyons, etc. You name it!
A while ago we posted an interview, as part of Faces@EasyUni, with our Account Manager from Ukraine - Olga.
There are many short and friendly variations to her name - Olia, Olichka, Olenka, Olka. We call her Olichka.
Find out more about her and student life in Ukraine here.
Quân is from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and has been working with easyuni for 2 years.
Let us know 3 cool things about that Viet Nam?
It is my home, nature is so diverse from the north to the south, from the coast lines to the mountains, with the territory shape of a bottleneck at the middle. The food is healthy and good value especially if the vendors don’t cheat their customers.
So, which university did you go to and what did you study? How were you choosing your major at that time?
I studied Mechatronics at the Ho chi Minh City University of Technology in Vietnam. I chose that major because like most of other young boys, I liked robots and machines.
Tell us a little more about your university life?
That was a good time that I won’t forget. I lived off-campus because the university’s dormitory was demolished to build a new one. The living cost in Ho Chi Minh City is higher than other provinces and a common issue among students is shortage of money. But we managed to find places where they serve food with good price (but not so sure about the hygiene!). The facilities for our student life were basically limited. Almost every day, after an hour of study, I stayed in the university yards or went to the city parks to play a type of sport similar to sepak takraw. There was also a time that I attended martial arts classes, or sometimes I would go swimming. Sometimes I also joined classmates to eat together. Usually I used to stay in the school compound with my school mates to do homework or prepare for the exam. It is because the city is hot and so are the rented student rooms, which can get pretty discomfortable. My university is one of the few in Ho Chi Minh City that has lots of trees, making it cooler than being at home. So the students, even from other universities, prefer to come and stay in my university to do homework.
In my student life, two of the events I remembered the most are:
All the universities and colleges (the university and college system in Vietnam are different from British-influenced countries) have to provide students a military course for 2 weeks or 1 month. This is because we are exempted for military duty if we are admitted to universities. This course is like the compensation.
For my university, it is 1 month and we have to move to live in a camp. There, we are divided into squads, wearing military uniform, taking military training like using gun, treating injured people, etc. We ate together and even showered together. We have to go to bed on time, get up on time and do morning exercises, following the bell. We have to arrange our stuff neatly. Some squads were punished at midnight for not obeying military discipline. It was hard time during the day, but pleasure time in night. After dinner, we usually join to play group games, where many humorous guys make us laugh a lot, or sit together to sing and tell about each person’s hometown, high school and fight against big mosquitoes. That is also time for us to know each other, because the course started 2 months after we entered the university. I remember one guy confided about his personal story. He is from a remote mountainous village, was arranged to get married with a childhood friend, who he only see as a younger sister. He, on the other hand wanted to become a priest and to postpone the marriage, had to leave the village and enter the university. But after that military course, he disappeared, without saying a word. I feel sorry for him.
The second event is the volunteering event called “Green/blue summer campaign.” It also lasts a month, but is not mandatory (I don’t know “green” or “blue” because those two have the same name in Vietnamese language). Every summer, the universities in the South of Vietnam will send their students to the remote poor villages to help social projects. Some universities even send students to Laos and Cambodia, our neighbor countries.
Our school usually work in various provinces in Mekong Delta, a region with low land and a dense network of rivers, so dense that in some villages, the only transportation is by boat. People ride the boat to the market, to the church, to the school and the crops, after harvested, are carried from the field to the factory by boat, instead of truck. In those campaigns, we are divided by class to different communes, and to different group to stay in the same home as the local community people. There, we open classes to teach the children, clean the schools, held game fair for children, plan flower and tree on the street and river banks.
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I have been with easyuni for 14 months :) I worked as Account Manager and helped easyuni develop China market until the end of 2014. I started to work in the marketing team since new year of 2015. It’s a new start, I have many things to learn and feel very excited about it ;)
I’m from Shenzhen, it’s located in the Southern China and just next to Hong Kong. Shenzhen is a very modern and lovely city, it’s famous for shopping, don’t be surprise if you see many foreigners are buying tons of stuff in Shenzhen :) Shenzhen food (known as ‘Cantonese food’) is also amazing, I like dim sum most among all the food.
I studied in Sun Yat-Sen University, which is in Guangzhou city, very close to Shenzhen. I finished my post-graduate program of Higher Education Administration there.
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I’ve just returned from a 2-week holiday in Myanmar where I celebrated New Year. I spent my time in 2 places: Yangon and Chaung Tha (the beach!).
While I was in Yangon I decided to take Yangon Circular Train for fun. It was interesting and I experienced 3 different types of rides.
This is the central train station.
Getting on the train.
This one was pretty decent. It didn’t have AC, but it had fans in the ceiling! :)
On the way back the train was more “vintage”.
This one had 2 types of carriages: 200 kyats and 50 kyats. I didn’t know all that and ended up getting the latter. Then I got into one of these carriages. It was certainly not like the first train I took. No windows, no fans. But it was ok. The seats were wooden, but organized like in a bus. So I was enjoying my ride when the conductor appeared. He checked my ticket and eventually I understood I have to go to another carriage. The one for 50 kyats a ride :D
So I went to the right carriage. OMG, this was certainly not like the previous one :) The seats were wooden, but it was like in LRT or MRT along the windows. People were transporting vegetables and stuff. Good thing no livestock. Other people were constantly coming aboard and selling fruits, tobacco leaves, etc.
Overall it was an interesting experience :)
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