An online English project launched by President’s Scholar La Hanh Uyen is thriving.
The Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) student’s English online tutoring platform was named after a fictional character in the Harry Potter series - Dumbledore English Chamber (DEC).
“I grew up in Dong Nai province and had limited access to world-class programs,” Uyen said.
“I always had to look for alternatives to enhance my English skills.
“Based on this experience I wanted to create a place where students are given opportunities to prove themselves, a place that inspires passionate students who believe in the power of innovation, and a home for friends after a long working day.”
DEC first started as a non-profit online tutoring project for geographically disadvantaged students until, with better knowledge, she decided to transform it into a start-up.
“DEC already has a loyal, active audience but it is still a small-scale project; I need a better strategy to make it more popular,” Uyen said.
DEC has attracted more than 200 participants with 14 active tutors in one-and-a-half years.
In early 2016, Uyen and her team of three other RMIT Vietnam students Nguyen Thanh Tu, Ong Tu Quan and Pham Bao Chau presented the project at the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition and start-up platform for positive social projects.
Currently Uyen is perfecting and upgrading DEC to reach a wider audience.
“With our passion and enthusiasm, I will develop DEC more and more to have a positive impact in my community,” Uyen said.
“I hope that in the next phase my project can assist more students in their professional development.”
Uyen was awarded the 2015 RMIT Vietnam’s President’s Scholarship covering tuition fees and leadership training.
Story: Ha Hoang