A 70-year-old man in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa has received an excellent bachelor degree in civil engineering technology. HCM City Open University held a ceremony to grant degrees to 83 people who finished a distant learning course during the 2014-2018 period. Tran Xuan Thanh, 70, from Khanh Hoa Province was among them. Tran Xuan Thanh (left) receives excellent bachelor degree in civil engineering technology. This is the second bachelor degree Thanh has achieved in the past eight years. In 2014, he graduated via long-distance learning in economic law. According to Thanh, he received a high-school graduation degree in 1967 but he couldn’t take a university entrance exam. After that, he opened an aluminium frame workshop at his home. Ten years ago, he heard about long-distance learning and so he decided to follow the law course when he was aged more than 60. Initially, many people advised against his studies. However, he was still determined to study. He said “The study has helped me broaden my knowledge and set a good example for my children and grandchildren.” Thanh’s degree Thanh added that the civil engineering technology degree would partially help him in the construction of his family’s guesthouse in the coming time. Besides class attendance, he always tried to read more as well as learning from practical experience. Thanh revealed that he planned to attend an intensive training course on civil engineering technology.