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...]

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...]

Vietnam successfully analyzed the genome of three individuals in the family

Prof. Le Sy Vinh and his colleagues studied, analyzed the genomes of three individuals in the family to serve the purpose of diagnosis and early detection of diseases. This work has been published in the world magazine. The information technology – Biology research team of Prof., Dr. Le Si Vinh. Lunar New Year 2015, Prof. Le Si Vinh and his colleagues at University of Technology (Hanoi National University, Vietnam) announced the results of research and analysis of genomes of three individuals under a Vietnamese family on Journal of Biosciences of Indian Academy of Sciences combined with the Springer publisher, No 3/2015. The human genome consists of more than 3 billion nucleotides carry the entire genetic information determines the human shape, health and development. The research team of Prof. Vinh launched new concepts and methods of calculation allow the use of information relating to individuals in the same family to improve accuracy in the research process. The work also … [Read more...]

Dong Ho painting, a special folk cultural feature of Vietnam

Dong Ho village is located on the southern side of the Duong river in the Song Ho commune of Bac Ninh province, more than 30km to the east of Hanoi. It is one of the villages that preserves the ancient cultural relics of the Kinh Bac area in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam. Dong Ho painting is imbued with the features of Vietnamese folk cultural,,presented through content, line, colour and printing paper. The printing paper is made from the bark of a tree called "dó", which is normally grown in the northern mountainous province of Tuyen Quang. It is soaked in water for months then mixed with the powder of seashells (sò điệp) and glutinous rice the origin of the paper's name. Thanks to the element of seashells and glutinous rice, Điệp paper possesses an exotic sparkling hard background and is able to conserve the durability of colours. Mice wedding, one of famous Dong Ho paintings The background paper is originally white. People use natural materials to change the … [Read more...]

644 lectures receive professorship and associate-professorship certificates for year 2014

The State Council for Professor Title in Vietnam held a solemn ceremony in Hanoi's Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam- the Temple of Literature on Febuary 4 to grant professorship and associate- professorship certificates to 644 lecturers, who get outstanding achievements last year. State Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan offers certificates to professors, associate professors. (Photo:SGGP) At the honoring ceremony, Prof. Tran Van Nhung, General Secretary of the State Council for Professor Title in Vietnam said that there were 822 teacher’s profiles registered for the titles of professor and associate professor. Finally, 59 teachers were recognized as professors and 585- associate professors. Phan Thanh Son Nam, 36 years old lecturer from Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, was the youngest professor and Le Ngoc Canh, 81 years old, former lecturer of the Hanoi National University of Art Education was honored as the oldest professor at the ceremony. Vu Tu Lan, 82 years old, … [Read more...]

The iron will of a disadvantaged girl

PANO – Born into a needy family in Hoa Xa commune, Ung Hoa district, Hanoi in 1992, Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, an alumna of the Faculty of Linguistics of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Hanoi National University, has impressed locals, teachers and friends by her iron will. In spite of her inborn congenital glaucoma, she has topped her class by impressive academic results and active participation in social activities. Nguyen Thi Thu Trang receiving graduate certificate. Trang could achieve her dream of becoming a student of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in 2010. Right in the first year, the disadvantaged student attracted the attention of people by her active participation in social activities of Hoa Da Club (a club for the disadvantaged in the university) and was then elected as the club’s head in the third year. For her achievements, Trang was for three consecutive years presented with the university’s certificate of merit … [Read more...]

Ministry orders removal of foreign-style stone lions

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism held a workshop to review a regulation handed down five months ago that bans foreign-style symbols, sculptures and worship objects unsuitable for Vietnamese culture. The lion's share: A visitor looks at a Vietnamese stone animal displayed at an exhibition of Vietnamese holy animals held in Hanoi in November. — Photo vietnamnet.vn The ministry has been targeting foreign-style lion statues so far, but aims to eventually fine people for and remove other items, such as lanterns and other animal statues. Many participants at the workshop yesterday in Hanoi supported the regulation. "In the past 20 years, together with open-door policy, many foreign-style symbols, products and animal sculptures have been widely-spread throughout the country, distorting traditional spiritual images," said Vi Kien Thanh, head of the ministry's Fine Arts Department, "That's why the ministry issued the regulation." Dozens spoke at the workshop to review the … [Read more...]

National university entrance exam replaced by school entrance exams

VietNamNet Bridge – Instead of enrolling students through the national university entrance exam, universities now require candidates to sit entrance tests. Several universities have made public their enrolment plans for the 2015-2016 academic year, the first year of the higher education reform period. As decided by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), there will be only one national exam every year – the high school finals – instead of the high school finals and the university entrance exam. The students’ learning records and the results of the finals will be considered by universities when enrolling students. However, schools have a right to organize extra exams or tests to select the best and suitable students for them. Requesting students to sit entrance tests is the measure applied by most of the prestigious schools. The HCM City Law School has announced that students will have to fulfill a capability test after they are shortlisted by the … [Read more...]

Thanh Hoa, Binh Duong have new chairs

VietNamNet Bridge – Mr. Nguyen Dinh Xung, Vice Party Chief and Vice Chair of Thanh Hoa Province, on December 30, was elected the province’s Chair for the term from now to the end of 2016. Thanh Hoa's Chairman Nguyen Dinh Xung. Mr. Trinh Van Chien, Thanh Hoa Province’s Party Secretary, was also elected Chairman of the provincial People's Council, replacing Mr. Mai Van Ninh, who has been assigned as the vice chief of the Central Information and PR Committee. Thanh Hoa’s new Chair Nguyen Dinh Xung, 52, graduated from the National Economics University, majoring in agricultural economics. He formerly held various positions in Thanh Hoa, including deputy chief of the provincial People's Committee Office, Director of the Fisheries Department, Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Vice Chair of Thanh Hoa. In the southern province of Binh Duong, Chairman Le Thanh Cung will retire from January 2015. He is replaced by Mr. Tran Van … [Read more...]

Bosses of five Vietnamese enterprises among Top 100 Asean Enterprises

VietNamNet Bridge - Nikkei Asian Review recently selected the Top 100 largest enterprises in ASEAN, including five Vietnamese companies. Who are the bosses of these firms? The five Vietnamese representatives are the Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank), FPT, PetroVietnam Gas, Vietnam Dairy Products (Vinamilk), and Vingroup. The companies were selected from six major ASEAN countries based on such factors as market capitalization and growth potential. ASEAN is a 10-member bloc comprised of Southeast Asian countries, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Founded on September 13, 1988 and headquartered in Hanoi, FPT Corp. provides information, technology, and telecommunications products and services. FPT’s market capitalization is $789.58 million, according to data updated on November 21 by Nikkei Asian Review. The company posted $1.28 billion in revenue and a $263.38 million gross profit in … [Read more...]