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...]

Will Vietnam give free reign to university education?

VietNamNet Bridge - The number of university students has soared in recent years. Many schools gained 10,000 more students over one to two years despite their ill fame. The number of university students has soared in recent years. A report of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) showed that in 2014-2015, Vietnam had 1.8 million students, including 1.3 million full-time students. The figure represents an increase of 400,000 students compared with 2010-2011. Some universities have set a record in the number of students newly enrolled in the last four years. The Nam Dinh Economics & Industrial Polytechnic, for example, saw the number of students soar from 8,900 to 15,000. However, the sharpest increase can be seen at the Hanoi Business and Technology University. In 2010-2011, it had 14,982 students and in 2014-2015, the figure soared to 34,282. Just within one year, the number of students jumped from 19,700 in 2013-2014 to 34,200 in 2014-2015. In 2016-2017, the Hanoi … [Read more...]

24th National Mathematics Olympiad concludes

PANO - The 24th National Mathematics Olympiad for students in 2016 wrapped up on April 16th in Binh Dinh province. Handing over prizes to excellent students. (Photo: baonghean.vn) Held from April 12th, this year’s event drew 82 students from universities and 11 teams from gifted high schools nationwide. The organizing panel handed over 9 special, 67 first, and 124 second prizes to the excellent students. The first team prize went to Hanoi National University of Education. The panel also presented awards of the Le Van Thiem Fund to 8 high school students. The next event will be held in Phu Yen province. Translated by Chung Anh … [Read more...]

Preschool quality in doubt

VietNamNet Bridge - About 4.8 million children at preschools throughout the country face high risks – food contamination, accidents and child abuse. A report of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) showed that 4.8 million children from three months to six years old go to preschools. Since state-owned preschools cannot satisfy the increasingly high demand, parents have to send their children to non-state schools though they feel insecure about the education quality. An official of the Di An Town education sub-department in Binh Duong province said that there are 10 state-owned preschools and more than 100 private run schools and classes. The existing state-owned preschools can accommodate 25.5 percent of children, while 74.5 percent have to go to non-state ones. Of 1,006 existing preschools in HCM City, there are only 431 state-owned ones. There are also 1,551 privately run classes, 121 of which have not been licensed. About 4.8 million children at preschools … [Read more...]

General Ngo Xuan Lich recommeded as Defence Minister

On April 8, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc submitted a list of nominated candidates for the positions of deputy Prime Ministers, Ministers and other Government officials. From the left: Truong Hoa Binh, Trinh Dinh Dung, and Vuong Dinh Hue. Three candidates for the post of Deputy PMs are Truong Hoa Binh (politburo member and former Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court), Vuong Dinh Hue (Politburo member and Head of the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission) and Trinh Dinh Dung (PCC member and former Minister of Construction). Other cabinet members on the list: 1. Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member, and Chief of the General Department of Politics under the Vietnam People's Army, will hold Minister of Defence post to replace Mr Phung Quang Thanh. 2. To Lam, Politburo members and Deputy Minister of Public Security, will assume Minister of Public Security post to replace Mr Tran Dai Quang. 3. Le Vinh Tan, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, will be Minister of Home Affairs … [Read more...]

Charity golf tourney to open

PANO – The 10th Golf Award, titled "Swing for the Kids 2016", and a scholarship awards ceremony for needy students will be held on April 23rd. The event is expected to draw the participation of nearly 200 players from the diplomatic corps, international organizations and businesses in the country. The news was released at a press conference on April 6th. Overview of the press conference Addressing the press conference, Head of the organization board, Nguyen Anh Tuan, former editor-in-chief of the Dau Tu (Investment) journal, said that over the past 9 years the program has presented 12,000 scholarships to disadvantaged students with good academic records, and financially assisted in building and repairing schools in 40 provinces and cities nationwide. The total monetary value of these activities was nearly VND 10.5 billion. On this occasion, the organization board offered full scholarships worth VND 10 million per year each to ethnic minority students, namely Thao Seo Si (3rd … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s 10 Outstanding Young Faces in 2015 honoured

PANO - The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee held a ceremony on March 21st in Hanoi to honor Vietnam's 10 Outstanding Young Faces in 2015. The People's Army Newspaper would like to introduce them to readers. 1. Senior Lieutenant Nguyen Thanh Luan Sen. Lt. Tran Thanh Luan is a pilot flying an SU-30MK2 fighter in Fleet 1, Regiment 935, Division 370 of the Air Defence and Air Force Service. He finished training at the Air Force Officer Training School in the first position and was one among six young pilots assigned to combat units to fly Su-30MK2s. He now has over 450 flying hours on various aircraft, such as Iak-52, L-39, and Su-30MK2. He also completed the program of flight training of Vietnam's Air Force with excellent results. As one of the 10 Vietnamese Outstanding Young Faces, Luan held that alongside honour is responsibility, thus he and his comrades would do their utmost to fulfill all assigned missions, contributing to firmly protecting the national … [Read more...]

Exceptional will of a visually impaired martial arts master

(VOVworld) - Having followed a martial arts teaching career for 20 years, master Nguyen Kim Hoang is famous not only for his talent but also for his great will in overcoming difficulties. Though blinded by a serious illness 5 years ago, Hoang maintained his great passion for Pencak Silat. Martial arts master Nguyen Kim Hoang is admired by his students for his enthusiasm and optimistic spirit (Photo: vnexpress.net) Born in 1978, Nguyen Kim Hoang showed a great passion for martial arts from a young age. When Pencak Silat was introduced into Vietnam in 1992, Hoang was selected to receive advanced training, and in 1994, he attended the first National Pencak Silat Championships. Several years later, he started a martial arts class. In the class, he got to know Ha To Lan, a professional martial arts athlete. They got married in 2005 and had a daughter. But his life changed in 2010. He began to feel tired and was diagnosed with a rare disease called Lupus erythematosus. As the disease … [Read more...]

Rock singer Tran Lap dies

Well-known rock musician and singer Trần Lập died yesterday after fighting rectum cancer for more than four months. He was 42 years old. Singer Trần Lập He was best known as the lead singer of Bức Tường (The Wall) rock band that he and his friends had formed in 1994. "I was shocked when I was informed about his sudden death. The rock band leader and singer Trần Lập represented the image of a youth full of passion and dreams. He will live forever in his fans' hearts," Đinh Tiến Tiệp, one of his fans who attended his last live show in January this year, wrote on a Facebook page. Lập was the leader of the group since its founding till it disbanded in 2006. He wrote more than 30 songs, some of the most famous of them being Đường Đến Ngày Vinh Quang (Road to Glory), Bông Hồng Thủy Tinh (Glass Rose) and Tâm hồn Cuả Đá (Soul of Stone). The group had a large number of fans in Vietnam. He was also one of the four judges of the Giọng Hát Việt (The Voice of Việt Nam) programme that was … [Read more...]

Well-known rocker Tran Lap dies of cancer

VietNamNet Bridge – Well-known rock musician and singer Tran Lap died yesterday (March 17) after fighting rectum cancer for more than four months. He was 42 years old. Rock on: Singer Tran Lap was the leader of well-known rock band Buc Tuong (The Wall). - VNS Photo Truong Vi He was best known as the lead singer of Buc Tuong (The Wall) rock band that he and his friends had formed in 1994. "I was shocked when I was informed about his sudden death. The rock band leader and singer Tran Lap represented the image of a youth full of passion and dreams. He will live forever in his fans’ hearts," Dinh Tien Tiep, one of his fans who attended his last live show in January this year, wrote on a Facebook page. Lap was the leader of the group since its founding till it disbanded in 2006. He wrote more than 30 songs, some of the most famous of them being Duong Den Ngay Vinh Quang (Road to Glory), Bong Hong Thuy Tinh (Glass Rose) and Tam hon Cua Da (Soul of Stone). The group had a … [Read more...]

Universities train students according to business orders

VietNamNet Bridge - In an effort to improve the training quality and reduce the unemployment rate, many universities and junior colleges haven decided to train students according to orders set by businesses. The latest labor bulletin showed about 200,000 workers with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, marketing, securities and banking. Another report showed that six out of every 10 university graduates lack working and English skills, while four out of every 10 graduates lack professional knowledge. Six out of every 10 employers are unsatisfied about higher education quality. Analysts pointed out that it is the loose connection between educators and businesses which has led to the high unemployment rate of university graduates. In many cases, graduates have good theoretical knowledge, but still cannot satisfy the requirements set by employers. The latest labor bulletin showed about 200,000 workers with bachelor’s and master’s … [Read more...]

Spring book festival opens in Hanoi

PANO – The Spring book festival with various promotions was kicked off in Hanoi on March 12th by Alpha Books Publisher. During the two-day event, the publisher offered discounts of up to 80 percent for hundreds of book titles to attract students and young readers as well as give readers a chance to read many valuable books in place and to possess many kinds of books at prices of between VND 10,000 to 30,000 (equate to USD 0.5 to 1.5). The Spring book festival running untill March 13. Photo: Thuy Duong Besides the the shock promotion, Alpha Books continues to implement the program "Giving 100,000 books to students" for the those who had completed the registration before. Especially, the same day, the organized panel held a talk themed "Creating business models in the integration period" with the participation of MA Nguyen Dang Tuan Minh, lecturer at the International department under the Hanoi National University and co-founder of KisStartup. At the talk, he shared with … [Read more...]

Debate heats up over school suspension for traffic violations

A new directive about traffic safety related to the education sector for the 2016-2020 period issued by Hanoi Department of Education and Training in which pupils can be suspended for not wearing helmets has unsurprisingly stirred debate. Adults are often bad role models by not following traffic laws Pupils will be reprimanded publicly for first-time offences and face a three-day suspension for a subsequent offence. If the pupils violate the law multiple times, they will be publicly reprimanded and suspended for a week. The biggest argument against the policy is that people have argued it is the responsibility of the police and not the Department of Education and Training's to ensure laws are obeyed. Parents expressed worry about the wasted time when their children stay home and suggested other punishments such as sending them to traffic safety classes or doing community service at schools. "This punishment inadvertently takes away the children's right to go to school. And if … [Read more...]

Chinese FDI in Vietnam: It is time to tighten, experts say

VietNamNet Bridge – Since 2010, the FDI from China has skyrocketed, from a few hundred million US dollars to several billion US dollars. The $2 billion Vinh Tan 1 Coal-fueld Power Plant in Binh Thuan, with 95% of Chinese capital. Experts said that China's FDI projects come with cheap labor, intensive use of natural resources and destruction of the environment and that it was time for Vietnam to tighten regulations on FDI to prevent such projects. Among Chinese investors in Vietnam, Texhong Group is the most notable name, with a $300 million fiber plant in Quang Ninh Province, which went into operation in 2013. In 2014, Texhong kicked off the project to build the Texhong Hai Ha Industrial Zone, also in Quang Ninh, with a total investment of $215 million and poured $300 million into a chain of textile plants inside its industrial zone. To serve the secondary projects here, Texhong is also preparing to build a 2,000MW thermal power plant. The Chinese group planned to invite … [Read more...]

Students lag behind because of impractical curriculum

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese university students complain that they have too many subjects at school, including those not useful for their future jobs. Nguyen Hoang Tan, an engineer, wrote on Facebook that he was happy as the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) plans to cut the time for university training, though he finished university eight years ago. "This is a correct decision. Vietnamese students have to spend too much time on studying at school, while they should spend the time on working and learn from their work," he said. Tan, who is now a coder at an IT firm, affirmed it would be feasible to shorten the time for university training. "We had too many subjects and many of them were really unnecessary in my current jobs," he recalled. Vietnamese university students complain that they have too many subjects at school, including those not useful for their future jobs. "We had to spend too much time on the subjects and later realized that they were nonsensical," he … [Read more...]

Sino-Vietnamese conflict to receive more attention in history books

It could be said that it is unfair for people who sacrificed their lives in the wars against the Chinese have been forgotten. The Ministry of Education and Training said that Vietnam’s defence against China's 1979 invasion, the battle of the Paracel and Islands against South Vietnam in 1974 and the Battle of Spratly in 1988 have already been covered in school history books, but readers have claimed there is insufficient detail. The wars aganist Chinese just mentioned briefly in school history books Nguyen Quang Ngoc, deputy chairman of the Vietnam Historical Sciences, said that, "it is vital to include Vietnam’s successful defence against China's 1979 invasion of the north in a more appropriate way as it was a major conflict. It is right to include it". Former State President Nguyen Thi Binh said that the war was a historical fact, so it should be mentioned sufficiently to ensure that the country’s history is correctly remembered. We not only honour heroes in the … [Read more...]

Can Vietnam have a university in the world’s top 100?

VietNamNet Bridge - In August 2013, Russian President Putin signed a decree approving the 5TOP100 project which aims to put at least five Russian schools into the list of 100 best universities in the world. Six years before that, in July 2007, Vietnamese President Nguyen Tan Dung approved a plan on the development of universities and junior colleges in Vietnam in 2006-2020, which calls for at least one school to enter the list of 200 best schools in the world by 2020. In early September 2015, the Government Office released the Prime Minister’s conclusion that from now to 2020, the Hanoi National University and HCM City National University will be developed into universities of excellence -- the leading schools of Vietnam which will step by step develop into schools with regional and international stature. When asked whether it is difficult to become one of the world’s 100 best schools, Le Truong Tung, president of FPT University, said Vietnamese schools have to … [Read more...]

225,000 university graduates unemployed as there are too many schools

VietNamNet Bridge - Ten years ago, experts warned about the oversupply of workers with bachelor’s degrees but their admonitions were ignored. Dr Nguyen Van Nha, former head of the Training Division of the Hanoi National University The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) Circular 32 setting up ceiling for university training scale took effect on February 1, under which one university must not have more than 15,000 full-time students. An analyst, while applauding the MOET decision to set up limits on schools’ training, said that MOET was a bit late in releasing such a decision. According to Dr Nguyen Van Nha, former head of the Training Division of the Hanoi National University, there are 768,000 students who study and conduct scientific research at universities and junior colleges, which means there are 118 students per every 10,000 people, a proportion which is not high compared with that in other regional countries. However, Nha still thinks it is … [Read more...]

Photos: Kim Lan – riverside ancient pottery village

VietNamNet Bridge - Kim Lan is considered the cradle of household ceramic wares in the old Thang Long Capital, Hanoi, today. Thanks to the hands of skilled artisans, clay from this village is turned into beautiful and useful products which are famous nationwide. The village is located in Gia Lam District, southeast of Hanoi, bordering Bat Trang, a famous pottery making village in the north, and Hoang Mai District in the west. It has a long-standing founding history and is one of the famous pottery producing centers in the country. Ceramic wares made by Kim Lan villagers are known for their practicality rather than ornate design. The products are diverse in variety, from toothpick and candle holders, to flowerpots, decanters and jars. Additionally, the villagers also concentrate on producing pottery wares in service of construction, such as decorative tiles, handrails, etc. In 2001, Japanese archaeologist Nishimura Masanari and students from Hanoi National University carried out an … [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...]