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The lure of home: graduates return to Tibet

08-09-2013 14:58 BJT Special Report: Inside Tibet |

By CCTV reporter Han Bin

For over two decades, a special academic placement scheme has allowed more students from Tibet to study at institutions across China. It’s allowed many to gain an education that they otherwise couldn’t afford. But despite the lure of the big cities, many decide to return to Tibet after graduation.

A creative way of learning English, using concepts from western countries. The teacher, Tibetan Norbu Dramdul, named this course “Treasure Hunt”. Although it’s just been open for a month, nearly 200 local Tibetans have already signed up. Dramdul attributes his language skills to his experience studying in various cities in China.

"If you feel that there are lots of possibilities, then you feel more confidence. You can do a lot of things. The most important reason I want to come back is that I feel home here. I love my culture, and I can visit different monasteries. People have a spiritual pursuit more than elsewhere. We would like to share what’s really cool about here," said Norbu Dramdul, English teacher in Lhasa.

23-year-old Danpa Dorje is helping Dramdul during his vacation. Dorje is currently studying at a university in Shanghai.

"I get high education and have lot of opportunities to come to help more people in Lhasa. Tibet needs us. Tibet is waiting for us to make contributions to Tibet,” said Danpa Dorje, student at Shanghai University of Finance

To promote the Tibetan language, Dramdul has started an on-line course for foreigners.

China has been sending Tibetan students to study outside the autonomous region since 1985. Training more professionals for the once-isolated plateau is a way to boost Tibet’s development and their own. And most students choose to come back after graduation.

Tibet is changing, along with the rest of the world. Dramdul says today’s Lhasa has more people, more cars and more choices. He believes such changes are inevitable.

"That’s something that I always believe, a language, is a very important.Because language carries culture and traditions. If Tibetan people don’t speak Tibetan, then the culture is gone definitely," said Norbu Dramdul.

Dramdul is doing what he can to preserve the unique culture. He’s found his true value in his calling. Dramdul says doing good, and making people happy is the core philosophy of Tibetan beliefs. And he feels at home with who he is and where he comes from.


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