More than 500 couples donate blood

Instead of roses or chocolate for the Valentine's Day, more than 500 couples and thousands of students participated in the blood donation festival, named Pink Spring Festival 2012 at Hanoi's My Dinh Stadium on February 12. Blood scarcity at the pinnacle Thousands of young people grouped up in front of the My Dinh Stadium in the morning of February 12 to register for blood donation. Some couples brought cuddly toys as gifts for each others. Tran Van Ngoc and Hoang Thi An said this was the first time they attended a blood donation event. People were waiting for their turn. Some girls were frightened. A girl burst into tears. Tran Duc Manh and Tran Thi Kim Lanh. Nguyen Ngoc Quyet and Vu Thi Kim Dung were always hand in hand. Nguyen Khac Xa and Khong Thi Huyen Luong from the Thanh Do University had joined such events for seven times so they were not nervous. "We are happy for doing this meaningful task. Each time we donate blood, our blood will help more patients," Luong said. … [Read more...]

Hanoi National University revolutionizes nat’l high school exam

VietNamNet Bridge - The Hanoi National University (HNU) has said it has successfully organized the key test to select best students. Educators have suggested applying the new exam model for national high school finals. Ninety-six percent of registered students attended the ability test held in early June, which is considered the HNU entrance exam. Every examinee was asked to pay VND100,000 as the exam fee. Examinees only had to spend one morning or afternoon to fulfill the test. Examinees worked with computers, and gave answers to multiple-choice questions. They were informed about the exam results immediately. After that, they returned to their home villages. They did not have to stay in Hanoi for several days to attend university entrance exams as students had to in previous years. This was an exam organized by one school to select students, not the national exam organized by the Ministry of Education and Training. HNU’s report showed that 72.8 percent of examinees … [Read more...]

Education sector vows to create smoke-free environment

A meeting was held at the Hanoi National University of Education on May 29 in response to World No Tobacco Day (May 31) and the 2015 National No Tobacco Week. The education sector has implemented numerous activities on building a green and healthy learning environment and preventing the harmful effects of tobacco, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thi Nghia said. A number of awareness-raising campaigns have been run among teachers and students, she added. Last year, the Ministries of Education and Training; Health; Public Security; Transport; and Culture, Sports and Tourism; as well as the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour; the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union; and the People’s Committee of Hanoi signed commitments to implement the Law on the Prevention and Control of Tobacco Harms and create a non-smoking working environment. During the event, the Departments of Education and Training in Hanoi , Bac Ninh, and Bac Giang, along with the Hanoi National … [Read more...]

Vietnam – Korea promotes green growth for sustainable development

Director of Vietnam National University, Hanoi Phung Xuan Nha said that green growth plays a crucial role in addressing global challenges such as economic growth, environmental protection, greenhouse gas emission mitigation, climate change adaptation and biodiversity conservation. Meanwhile, Director of Seoul National University said the core of green growth strategy is to reduce poverty through sustainable development and environmental protection. Hanoi National University has coordinated with Seoul National University (Korea) to organize the 4th Asian Universities Forum entitled "Green growth towards sustainable and harmonous development ". The forum focuses on two major contents of building a low carbon society towards sustainability and green growth based on the universities. In the framework of the Forum, two universities and Quang Ninh province are expected to discuss the establishment of a joint research and training center on green growth in the province. … [Read more...]

Unreasonable recruitment scheme keeps talented employees away

VietNamNet Bridge - State agencies cannot find talented candidates because of current recruitment methods, according to analysts. Hanoi has been urged to reconsider the way it organizes exams to employ civil servants. Analysts have pointed out that the failure of tens of candidates with high education degrees could only be attributed to the unreasonable recruitment scheme. Tran Thi Quoc Khanh, permanent member of the National Assembly’s Committee for Science, Technology and the Environment, noted that in fact, Hanoi is not the only locality which fails candidates with high degrees. "This is because our civil service exam scheme consists of systematic errors," Khanh said in an interview given to Dai Doan Ket. "People say that with the current recruitment scheme, even Professor Ngo Bao Chau may also fail the exam to become a civil servant in Hanoi," she said. Ngo Bao Chau is a Hanoi-born worldwide renowned mathematician. He received the Fields Medal, the most honorable … [Read more...]

Vietnam wins three golds at Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad 2015

PANO - Vietnamese students won three golds, two silvers and one bronze at the Asia-Pacific Informatics Olympiad 2015 hosted by Indonesia. This was announced by the Department of Educational Testing and Accreditation under the Ministry of Education and Training on May 19th. Vietnamese students taking part in the competition. Source: Earlier, on May 8th and 9th, 598 contestants from 27 countries and territories took part in an online competition. According to the organizing board's regulations, each team could send a maximum of 100 competitors to the event, and only six students with the highest results could be chosen to compete for medals. Three gold medallists, including Nguyen Tien Trung Kien, Nguyen Viet Dung, and Phan Duc Nhat Minh, together with two silver medallists, Do Ngoc Khanh and Pham Van Hanh, are students of the Gifted High School of the University of Natural Science under Vietnam National University. The bronze medallist comes from the Gifted High … [Read more...]

Educators express skepticism over Vietnam’s 12th position in global education rankings

Many local educators first expressed surprise, and then uncertainty, toward Vietnam’s 12th position in rankings published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently. Singapore topped the rankings in the report titled "Universal Basic Skills - What Countries Stand to Gain," while the five lowest-ranked countries are Oman in 72nd, Morocco, Honduras, South Africa, and Ghana in the last spot. Countries famous for their education systems like Australia, the UK, and the U.S. surprisingly ranked 14th, 20th and 28th, respectively. According to OECD, the analysis was based on test scores of 15 year-old students in mathematics and science in 76 developed and developing countries put in one scale. "This is the first time we have a truly global scale of the quality of education," BBC quoted OECD's education director Andreas Schleicher as saying about the rankings, which aimed to show the link between education and economic growth. "The idea is … [Read more...]

Vinacomin plans to explore Red River coal basin with UCG technology

VietNamNet Bridge - The Prime Minister has urged the national coal mining group Vinacomin to carry out exploration at the Red River coal basin with underground coal gasification technology (UCG). The exploration will be done on an area of 5.29 sq kilometers for a period of 48 months. The expected reserves are 236 million tons. Vinacomin has signed an agreement with the Thai Binh provincial People’s Committee on investment in the coal exploration and UCG experiment in Nam Thinh Commune of Tien Hai District. Total investment capital is about VND450 billion which will be disbursed from 2015 to 2018. Vinacomin has officially requested the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment to grant the license for mineral exploration in the area. Meanwhile, scientists remain cautious about the methods of exploitation at the Red River basin. Geologist Nguyen Sy Quy, who was once a high ranking official of the Ministry of Industry, noted that coal exploitation may cause … [Read more...]

Three ancient skeletons found in Ha Tinh

Three skeletons found in the central province of Ha Tinh are estimated to be about 5,000 years old, said Nguyen Tri Son, Director of the provincial museum. The skeletons were lying next to each other 1.8 metres beneath soil depth on Ru Diep Mountain, Thach Dai commune, Thach Ha district. Their skulls, teeth, ribs and bones are still intact. The archaeologists believed that the remains belonged to those from the New Stone Age. Son said the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism approved the excavation by researchers from the Ha Tinh provincial museum, Hanoi National University and the Australian National University.-VNA … [Read more...]

RoK Ambassador talks with students about Vietnam-RoK relations

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Vietnam Jun Dae Joo speaking at the meeting with students NDO- Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Vietnam Jun Dae Joo talked with Korean studies students in Hanoi about the present and future of relations between Vietnam and the RoK. The event was organised by the Korea Foundation (KF) in Hanoi and the University of Languages and International Studies, part of Vietnam National University. In his lecture, Ambassador Jun Dae Joo reviewed the development of relations between Vietnam and the RoK and the prospects for further growth after the two countries reached an agreement on the signing of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The ambassador also stressed the role of the students majoring in Korean who could contribute to the economic development of Vietnam, as well as the relationship between the two countries. The event saw the participation of approximately 400 students and lecturers from two members of the Hanoi National University: the … [Read more...]

Economists skeptical of Vietnam’s chances to industrialize by 2020

A factory in Hanoi where technology has not been upgraded for years. Photo: Ngoc Thang There are only five years left for Vietnam to implement its target of becoming an industrialized country by the end of the decade. However, the goal seems improbable with the country lagging far behind even members of the regional bloc ASEAN like Malaysia and Thailand in terms of technology, infrastructure and living standards. The 9th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam in 2001 unveiled plans to accelerate industrialization and modernization in order to turn the country into a modern industrialized state by 2020. However, it did not spell out the specific criteria for industrialization, economist Nguyen Duc Thanh, head of the Vietnam Center for Economic and Research at the Hanoi National University, said, lamenting there has been too little progress toward achieving the target. The country's industrial growth was already low before the crisis hit in 2010, and it has been slowing … [Read more...]

HCM City bans teacher-student romantic relationships

VietNamNet Bridge - A new regulation prohibits romantic relationships between teachers and students is prohibited at American Polytechnic College in HCM City. Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan Kiet, rector of the school, who issued the decision, believes this was a correct decision to ensure transparency and fairness in the school environment. Kiet said that the enforcement would be supervised through a public monitoring system and cooperation from students and teachers. The lecturers of the school have been requested not to have lunch, dinner or meetings with students. When they receive students at the office, they need to keep the doors open. Kiet said the school was determined to implement the regulation. "If we discover any love case, no matter if it is real love or just ‘exchange love for marks’ affair, we will dismiss the teachers," he said. The decision, which sounds "abnormal" in the eyes of Vietnamese students, has raised curiosity about the head of the college. Dr. … [Read more...]

Vietnam college follows Harvard, apparently, to ban lecturer-student romance

While love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings, a U.S.-invested college in Ho Chi Minh City believes it is not something a lecturer should have with his or her students. Teachers at the American Polytechnic College (APC) shall lose their job if they are found in a relationship with their students, according to a rule imposed by the president, Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan Kiet. Any kind of romantic relationship, whether it is true love or the ‘love for higher scores,’ will be deemed breaching the rule, which the school suggests is modeled after Harvard University. Local media have reported several cases in which lecturers asked students for ‘love,’ or sometimes sex, in exchange for higher scores that would enable them to pass exams. In other cases, the students deliberately seduced their teachers for similar purposes. APC will keep a close watch on the relationship between its lecturers and students, whereas tip-offs, from students or … [Read more...]

Tien Sa Port developer turns down ODA

Infrastructure developers prefer seeking capital from domestic and foreign commercial loans than official development assistance (ODA), which is in the long run more expensive than people think. "If we cannot find capital for the Tien Sa Port expansion project, I will step down," said Nguyen Huu Sia, general director of the Da Nang Port JSC when asked if he could arrange capital for the important project. Sia refused to borrow capital from Japan’s ODA to implement the project on expanding Tien Sa Port in Da Nang City, saying that his company would seek capital itself. Sia understands why the expansion project is important to Da Nang City. Huynh Duc Tho, Da Nang’s Mayor, told him that he must commit to find capital from other sources if he refuses ODA. With a rapid annual growth rate of 10-20 percent, the volume of goods expected to go through Tien Sa Port in the next five or six years would be 10 million tons per annum. This means that if the port cannot be … [Read more...]

Tien Sa Port developer turns down Official Development Assistance

Infrastructure developers prefer seeking capital from domestic and foreign commercial loans than official development assistance (ODA), which is in the long run more expensive than people think. "If we cannot find capital for the Tien Sa Port expansion project, I will step down," said Nguyen Huu Sia, general director of the Da Nang Port JSC when asked if he could arrange capital for the important project. Sia refused to borrow capital from Japan’s ODA to implement the project on expanding Tien Sa Port in Da Nang City, saying that his company would seek capital itself. Sia understands why the expansion project is important to Da Nang City. Huynh Duc Tho, Da Nang’s Mayor, told him that he must commit to find capital from other sources if he refuses ODA. With a rapid annual growth rate of 10-20 percent, the volume of goods expected to go through Tien Sa Port in the next five or six years would be 10 million tons per annum. This means that if the port cannot be expanded, … [Read more...]

Truong Chau Giang, an inspirational history teacher

(VOVworld) – History teacher Truong Chau Giang who teaches at Nguyen Tri Phuong secondary school in Hanoi, has found innovative ways to make her lessons more appealing to students. Each of her lessons is tied to specific sites and stories to make them easy to remember. Thu Hien reports: Students at Nguyen Tri Phuong secondary school won 2 first prizes and 5 second prizes in a history contest organized by the Ministry of Education and Training in February. This was the only secondary school in Hanoi to win an "Outstanding collective" designation in the contest. The students’ entries were presented on traditional Vietnamese materials: do (poonah) paper and bamboo blocks. The principal of Nguyen Tri Phuong school Pham Thi Huong Giang said this achievement was in large part due to teacher Truong Chau Giang: "Giang’s teaching methods are innovative. She makes history lessons less dry and more illustrative. She has inspired her students with a passion for … [Read more...]

Vietnam high school science contest encourages students to do scientific research

The 2015 National Science Contest for High School Students has recently selected its winners for the northern region after seeing many stunning works from local students. The highest awards went to creators of works in the fields of physics and biology-chemistry. At the closing ceremony in Bac Ninh on March 10, three projects were named the winners, including one on selecting Bacillus bacteria from shrimp intestine to create probiotics in order to improve quality and yield in shrimp raising of Nguyen Minh Quang and Tran Van Anh, 12th graders of the High School for Gifted Students under the Vietnam National University-Hanoi. Another winning project was dedicated to a green process converting agricultural by-products into bioplastics of Dinh Bao Ngoc and Le Minh Hieu, 12th graders from the High School for Gifted Students under the Hanoi National University of Education. The remaining first award went to the project that created equipment to bring water up to high locations … [Read more...]

Students say study of philosophy “boring” and impractical

VietNamNet Bridge – General school and university students say philosophy is one of the most difficult subjects to learn. Nguyen Phuong Anh, a second-year student at Hanoi National University, complained that she would have to learn philosophy next semester. "The older students in my school told me that this is really hard," she said. Nguyen Van Hoa, chair of Tan Trao Commune in Tuyen Quang province, well known as the only commune official in Vietnam who has a master’s degree from University of Birmingham, said that philosophy, political economy and logic were his three most boring subjects. He said the majority of Vietnamese students feel the same way. However, Hoa admitted they are the most useful subjects that can be applied in his life. Why do Vietnamese students hate philosophy, an essential subject which provides different worldviews, methods of perception, and contribution to understanding of social problems? Dr. Tran Thi Hanh, Vice Dean of Philosophy … [Read more...]

Is it time to devalue the Vietnamese dong to boost exports?

VietNamNet Bridge – Economists from Hanoi National University have urged the government to adjust the dong/dollar exchange rate, while the National Finance Supervision Council said stabilizing the exchange rate is a top priority. The Vietnam Center for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR), an arm of Hanoi National University, in its Q4 2014 report, suggested devaluing the local currency. VEPR’s experts said Vietnam’s dong-pegged-to-dollar exchange rate policy led to over-valuation of the dong over many years when inflation rates were relatively high. This put domestically made and export goods at a disadvantage compared with imports. The disadvantage became even more serious in the second half of 2014, when the US dollar appreciated against many other hard currencies. The stronger dollar then led to appreciation of the dong, and made imports cheaper. Some financial institutions suggested devaluing the local currency to protect the competitiveness of Vietnamese … [Read more...]

MOET lowers requirements to train more postgraduates

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has released a new regulation on training postgraduates for master’s degree with many easy requirements. Under current regulations, training establishments have the right to train master’s within the "quota" granted to them by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET). It is the establishments which raise entrance exam questions, prepare examinees for the exam and mark exam papers. The time for training will be cut to one year instead of two, to be applied to majors which require 5-year training at university level. Many educators commented that MOET seems to be "too affectionate" towards learners. "With one year, schools can produce ‘counterfeit’ masters," a university lecturer said. A postgraduate training course now lasts two years. However, learners only have to spend one year on learning. Since the credit-based training began, learners are required to spend more time on … [Read more...]