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 … [Read more...]

Hanoi announces top 10 outstanding young people

PANO – The Hanoi Communist Youth Union has announced 10 individuals winning the "10 most outstanding young faces 2015" title. Dinh Tuan Hoang from the Hanoi Medical University. Photo: vtc.vn This year’s title recipients include Pham Van Hanh from the University of Engineering and Technology under the Hanoi National University; Dinh Tuan Hoang from the Hanoi Medical University; Phan Minh Duc from the Hanoi-Amsterdam Gifted High School; Tran Trong Tung, Director of the Thien An Development and Investment Joint Stock Company; Do Hoang Linh Chi from the Vietnam National Academy of Music; Tran Xuan Hai, Head of the Police Office of Hang Bai ward, Hoan Kiem district; Hoang Gia Linh from the Nghia Tan Primary School; Nguyen Thi My Linh from the Thang Long High School; gymnast Dinh Phuong Thanh; and singer Thai Thuy Linh, Deputy Director of the National Volunteer Centre. These young people recorded special achievements in their fields. Student Hoang Gia Linh from the Nghia … [Read more...]

Vietnamese revolution’s strategy promotes national unity

(VOVworld)- The political report of the 12th National Party Congress stresses that national unity is an orientation in the Vietnamese revolution’s strategy and a driving force in national construction and defense. Party members and the public hope the Party will continue to promote national unity in the new context. Since the birth of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the strength of national unity has been promoted based on the combination of national tradition and orientations of Marxism, Leninism, and Ho Chi Minh thought. Former President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Pham The Duyet said the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Ho Chi Minh united classes of people creating a combined strength to gain great victories against the French colonialists and American imperialists. National unity plays a more important role in the current national industrialization and modernization and international integration. Mr. Pham The Duyet said:"The Party needs to be united to uphold … [Read more...]

Pagodas of the Khmer

(VOVworld) – The Khmer are Buddhist followers and they build pagodas wherever they live. Pagoda is not purely a religious place but also a school for children and a venue for people to share production knowledge. Pagodas have played an important part in spreading and preserving the Khmer culture. Xiem Can pagoda in Can Tho The Khmer pagoda is a community venue that is similar to the communal house of the Kinh majority and the Rong house of ethnic groups in the Central Highlands. Khmer men have to live and study in pagodas before they go to school. They have to study in pagodas to be recognized by society. Wedding and funeral ceremonies must have the attendance of monks. The Khmer worship their ancestors in pagodas. The Khmer pagoda preserves sacred Buddhist Sutras and cultural documents. The Khmer consider the pagoda their second home. Nguyen Hung Vi is a folklorist: "For the Khmer, the pagoda is a sacred place but very close to their lives. They often go to pagodas to ask … [Read more...]

Vietnam plans to shorten university training time

VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), in an effort to reform higher education, is considering shortening the time for education from 4-6 years to 3-4 years. MOET’s plan on reforming the national education system which has been open to public opinion has drawn the special attention to the proposed university education model, under which students would obtain bachelor’s degree after 3-4 years of training instead of 4-6 years. MOET said the adjustment would help Vietnam’s higher education system approach international standards. VietNamNet’s readers have shown agreement on the proposed new higher education mechanism, saying that shortening the training time at school is a growing tendency in the world. Hoang Thu Loan, in an email to the editorial board, wrote she believes three years is enough for economics, technology and social science training, while students would need more than three years if they go to law or medical … [Read more...]

Lead & zinc waste tank breaks down in Cao Bang causes

VietNamNet Bridge - The waste sludge may not only contains lead, but other heavy metals as well. Scientists have warned the problem would be very serious if the sludge reaches the environment. The waste sludge may not only contains lead, but other heavy metals as well. The lead & zinc waste tank in Pac Mieu Town of Bao Lam district in Cao Bang province unexpectedly broke down on January 5, releasing hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of water and waste sludge into the Gam River, having seriously polluted the river. Vu Ngoc Luu, chair of Bao Lam district, said late last week that the damages caused by the incident remain unclear. VnExpress quoting Pham Khang from the Nature & Environment Protection Association as saying that there is not only lead, but other heavy metals as well in the waste sludge, therefore, it would be very dangerous if the sludge is widely spread out in the environment. If the lead concentration found in the sludge is not high, people should … [Read more...]

Small man dares to dream big

Dinh Van Phu (L) and a foreign friend at his coffee shop in Hanoi. Photo: Le Nam Dinh Van Phu, 61, has remained less than four feet tall since he was a first grader. While his five siblings all grew normally, Phu spent his childhood being teased and bullied. His lack of inches prevented him from having not only friends but also a career. Phu said he had wanted to become an electronics engineer and applied to the University of Technology in Hanoi after graduating from high school, but the recruitment board said he did not meet their physical requirements. "I considered myself an undeveloped product, but I was not deterred," Phu told Thanh Nien from the café he opened in 2001 in front of his three-square-meter house on Hang Cot Street in the Old Quarter. His mother and siblings gave him money to buy the house and open the shop, which was first meant to help him make a living. But it has since become more than that as it was where he started learning English and "opened my … [Read more...]

Excellent initiatives for community awarded

PANO - An award ceremony of the Contest "Initiatives for the community 2015" was co-held by the Communist Magazine, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Central Committee of the Vietnam Youths Association, and the Hanoi National University on January 4th in Hanoi. President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan (1st from right) handing over the first prize of the contest. The event was attended by President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan, and many delegates from the ministries, sectors and local authorities. According to the organizing panel, the competition aims to collect initiatives and projects made by groups and individuals to support the community in hunger elimination and poverty reduction, the national industrialization and modernization cause and socio-economic development, contributing to building a prosperous and civilized country as well as promoting youths' patriotism and … [Read more...]

Vietnamese prize-winning students all wish to study overseas

VietNamNet Bridge - Nearly all high school students who won top prizes at competitions for excellent students, when asked about their future plans, said they want to study abroad. Doan Viet Cuong, first year student of Hanoi Foreign Trade University Studying abroad is the dream of Do Ngoc Khanh, a first-year student of Hanoi National University, who won the silver medal at the 2015 Asia Pacific Informatics Competition. Khanh said he wishes to study in Singapore or Japan, developed countries near the homeland of Vietnam. Doan Viet Cuong, first year student of Hanoi Foreign Trade University, is famous among the students’ circle with very impressive results he got from the national high school finals. With 9.75 scores for math, 9.75 scores for English and 9 for physics, Cuong was the second highest scorer in Vietnam in A1 group exams (those who attend A1 group exam have to sit maths, physics and foreign language tests). Cuong said he plans to study in the US after … [Read more...]

2015 Folklore Arts Awards about epic poetry of Thai ethnic people honoured

At the award ceremony.Photo:Internet (Cinet)- The Association of Vietnam Folklorists (AVF) organized the award ceremony to honour the epic poetry of Thai ethnic people in the northest region in Hanoi on December 12. Dr. Pham Dang Xuan Huong, a lecturer from Hanoi National University of Education, has won the first prize of the 2015 Folklore Arts Awards for his research on epic poetry of Thai ethnic people in the northest region. Huong was awarded for his reseach entitled "Features of Chuong epic poetry in Vietnam: Case study of ‘Chuong Han" at a ceremony held in Hanoi on December 12 by the Association of Vietnam Folklorists (AVF). Eight second, 36 third and 11 consolation prizes were also presented to other researchers at the ceremony. Addressing the event, AVF President Prof. Dr. To Ngoc Thanh congratulated the awards winners and encouraged them to conduct further research on traditional cultural heritages of Vietnamese ethnic groups which have not yet been fully … [Read more...]

Math teachers’ English skills too low to use English as language of instruction

VietNamNet Bridge - Five years ago, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) kicked off a pilot 2011-2015 program on teaching math and natural sciences in English at 30 percent of high schools in large cities. However, the target has been difficult to reach. The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) kicked off a pilot 2011-2015 program on teaching math and natural sciences in English To date, the teaching of math and natural science in English has been implemented at about 30 schools throughout the country only, while lessons in English have been provided irregularly. In fact, the failure of the program was foreseeable. Schools have not been well prepared and teachers of English cannot provide lessons in math and natural sciences because they lack professional knowledge. Moreover, natural science teachers lack sufficient English skills. Some high schools for the gifted in HCM City hired visiting teachers from universities, who have both English skills and professional … [Read more...]

How should Vietnam use ODA?

VietNamNet Bridge - "Vietnam needs to take full advantage of ODA (official development assistance) provided by developed countries" was the reply to a question about whether the country should become choosier in receiving ODA and turning down some ODA sources. In principle, Vietnam would have the right to choose ODA providers if there are many donors. However, Nguyen Tri Hieu, a renowned economist, commented that in the current conditions, Vietnam should welcome financial assistance from all sources. The question about whether Vietnam, as an ODA receiver, should haggle with ODA providers about the conditions for funding was raised after a National Assembly Deputy suggested the government refuse ODA from China. Dinh Trong Thinh from the Finance Academy noted that ODA globally in the last five years has been ‘below expectations’. IMF (the International Monetary Fund) and WB (the World Bank) have asked developed countries to reserve one percent of GDP to support … [Read more...]

Over 1 mln cu.m of industrial wastewater dumped everyday in Vietnam

Industrial parks nationwide discharge more than a million cubic metres of wastewater each day, 75 percent of which is untreated and harmful, according to a workshop held in Hanoi on December 1. The workshop on sustainable development was organised by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology. At the event, the Division for Water Resources Planning and Investigation for the Central Region of Vietnam reported that up to 57 percent of the industrial zones are operating without centralised wastewater treatment systems, resulting in air pollution in surrounding areas. Another problem lies with shortcomings in the collection and treatment of industrial solid waste, despite the increasing amount of the wastewater, the report pointed out. Outcomes of Vietnam’s relevant research studies were presented at the workshop, including a project on clean energy carried out by the University of Natural Sciences under the … [Read more...]

Over 1 mln cu.m of industrial wastewater dumped everyday

Industrial parks nationwide discharge more than a million cubic metres of wastewater each day, 75 percent of which is untreated and harmful, according to a workshop held in Hanoi on December 1. Illustrative image The workshop on sustainable development was organised by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology. At the event, the Division for Water Resources Planning and Investigation for the Central Region of Vietnam reported that up to 57 percent of the industrial zones are operating without centralised wastewater treatment systems, resulting in air pollution in surrounding areas. Another problem lies with shortcomings in the collection and treatment of industrial solid waste, despite the increasing amount of the wastewater, the report pointed out. Outcomes of Vietnam’s relevant research studies were presented at the workshop, including a project on clean energy carried out by the University of … [Read more...]

Vietnam warned about negative impact from Chinese ‘infrastructure leverage’

VietNamNet Bridge - While China, Laos and Thailand are believed to benefit from the Chinese ‘infrastructure leverage’ program, Vietnam will sustain negative impact from it. The Chinese Studies Research Program belonging to Hanoi National University has warned that Vietnam will suffer from the program initiated by China. The concept "infrastructure leverage’ was first mentioned by Pham Sy Thanh, the program’s director, and Truong Minh Huy Vu, director of the international studies center SCIS, an arm of the HCM City National University, in an article published on Thoi Bao Kinh Te Sai Gon in May 2015. China, for the first time, raised an initiative on inter-continental economic cooperation with the ‘one belt, one road’ plan aiming to fund the projects on infrastructure connections to facilitate trade and investment. Double recession predicted for Vietnamese businesses It is not GDP or inflation, but debt and deflation, which is the threat to … [Read more...]

Vietnam & Cuba mark 55th anniversary of diplomatic ties

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations and Hanoi National University yesterday co-organized a ceremony in Hanoi to mark the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Cuba. Speaking at the ceremony, Politburo member, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Popularization and Education Dinh The Huynh stressed: "Vietnam and Cuba officially have established its diplomatic relations since December 2, 1960. To mark the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations, Vietnam and Cuba organized important events aiming to develop the solidarity, comprehensive cooperation between two countries". Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Herminio Lopez Diaz said: "Although Vietnam and Cuba had many differences such as location, language and habits and customs but two countries had closely connected in protecting nation's independence, sovereignty, peace and sustainable development". … [Read more...]

L’Oreal Award given to three female scientists

PANO - Three Vietnamese scientists were presented with the L’Oreal for Women in Science Award on November 13th in Ho Chi Minh City. The laureates are doctor Ho Pham Thuc Lan from the 115 People's Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Ph.D. Pham Thi Kim Trang from the Centre for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development (CETASD) of the University Of Science under the Hanoi National University, and Assoc. Prof. and Ph.D. Nguyen Lan Huong from the Hanoi Water Resources University. Three laureates at the awarding ceremony Meanwhile, Ph.D. Tran Thi Hien from the Thai Binh province’s Medical University claimed the Young Scientist Award. The awards will assist the recipients in their scientific projects, contributing to the development of scientific research in Vietnam. The awards were granted by the For Women in Science Program, launched by the L’Oreal Group and UNESCO in 1998. So far, it has supported nearly 2,000 female scientists worldwide. Translated by Pham … [Read more...]

Vietnam & Iceland to urge early EFTA signing

Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang had a talk with Iceland's President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson on his four day visit to Vietnam starting November 4. State President of Vietnam (L) and Iceland's President (Photo:SGGP) At the meeting, Vietnamese president thanked for Iceland as well as member countries of European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and hoping that Iceland would urge early Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiation between two countries. President Sang suggested two countries step to research ability of negotiating and signing cooperation projects featuring on education and training sector. Besides, Iceland would support Vietnam in training experts in the fields of seafood, energy-intensive method, environment; and exchange experiences about social welfare, sexual equality, help children and disabled people. Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson said: "This visit aims to develop bilateral cooperation especially in exploitation of natural resources … [Read more...]

Garden Hill project still up for grabs

Hanoi-based Building and Infrastructure Development of Vietnam Joint Stock Company officially introduced its commerce centre and luxury apartment complex Garden Hill project which attracted a lot of attention recently. Located at a prime location on Hanoi’s Tran Binh street in Hadong district, the Garden Hill project was identified as the worthiest living apartment of the year which will bring a dreamy living space and classy lifestyle for all families. Covering an area of 5,500 square metres, the complex will feature commercial centres, offices for rent, and entertainment areas with two, 29 and 25-floor towers with 2 basements and 375 apartments. Apartment sizes vary between 57.8 and 110 square metres. With its prime, extremely favourable location, residents can easily reach the city’s centres of economy, trade, culture, education, and entertainment, such as the National Convention Centre (3 kilometres), Hanoi Museum (3km), Hanoi National University, (Institute?) … [Read more...]

Creating a firm foundation for Vietnam to become a modern industrial nation

(VOVworld)- According to the draft document of the 12th National Party Congress, Vietnam has revised its goal of becoming a modern industrial nation to creating a firm foundation for becoming a modern industrial nation by 2020. Party members and economists say the new goal is more realistic. The goal of making Vietnam a modern industrial nation by 2020 set by the Communist Party of Vietnam at its 7th National Congress in 1991 has become infeasible. The main reason for this failure is that Vietnam has not completed its economic restructuring and for too long has maintained a single growth model which is inappropriate for increasing competitiveness and integration. Optimizing opportunities for development Economist Tran Du Lich, a National Assembly deputy, has pointed out two opportunities that Vietnam needs to capitalize on a stable macro-economy and Vietnam’s increasing status in the world: "Based on our potential and position, we can do much better. We need to accelerate … [Read more...]