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...]

Peace loving nations and Vietnam proud of August Revolution

(VOV) - International friends have continued to praise the success of Vietnam’s August Revolution of 1945, which reflected the desire for freedom and justice of colonized nations. American historian Douglas Jardin, a former lecturer at Hanoi National University, has been researching Vietnam’s history for many years. He said internationally, the impact of Vietnam gaining independence in 1945 was really huge. It was kind of a model for other countries that were decolonized later. "I think the fact that Vietnam gaining independence in 1945 was kind of a model and an inspiration to other countries that were going through similar process of decolonization and certainly if you want to look at the French colonies in Indochina and Algiers, we can see a direct relationship really between the independence movements of these two countries," he added. Doctor Fakhry Labib, a former official of the Vietnam Committee for Solidarity and Cooperation with Asia, Africa, and Latin … [Read more...]

Peace loving nations and Vietnam proud of the successful August Revolution

(VOVworld) – International friends have continued to praise the success of Vietnam’s August Revolution of 1945, which reflected the desire for freedom and justice of colonized nations. American historian Douglas Jardin, a former lecturer at Hanoi National University, has been researching Vietnam’s history for many years: "Internationally, the impact of Vietnam gaining independence in 1945 was really huge. It was kind of a model for other countries that were decolonized later. I think the fact that Vietnam gaining independence in 1945 was kind of a model and an inspiration to other countries that were going through similar process of decolonization and certainly if you want to look at the French colonies in Indochina and Algiers, we can see a direct relationship really between the independence movements of these two countries. Doctor Fakhry Labib, a former official of the Vietnam Committee for Solidarity and Cooperation with Asia, Africa, and Latin America, said: … [Read more...]

Scientists forced to moonlight to make extra money

A professor receives a monthly salary equal to the pay of an electricity bill collector. A scientist with a doctorate receives an average of VND3 million a month from the state, which is just enough for 100 bowls of pho. According to Phan Thi Ha Duong from the Vietnam Mathematics Institute, the income is not high enough to cover basic needs, let alone to spend on activities that scientists need to attend such as conferences and international workshops. "With such low salaries, young scientists have to take many types of extra jobs to earn a living. So they have less time to conduct research," Duong said. A high school teacher in Hanoi said several researchers from the math institute have to spend most of their time giving private tutoring lessons to high school students. The teacher was once a basic science university student at Hanoi National University. However, he decided not to work for state-run research institutes, and instead began work as a teacher after getting a … [Read more...]

Viettel, VinaPhone take action, network operator war kicks off

VietNamNet Bridge - VinaPhone has launched a big sale promotion campaign, while Viettel plans to provide 4G services soon. All players have geared up for the competition in the new development stage, with Viettel considered the dominant enterprise. VinaPhone has offered additional 100 percent of scratch card value to its prepaid subscribers in its biggest sale promotion campaigns in recent years. The move kicks off a new war among the three largest mobile network operators. In fact, analysts all foresaw that VinaPhone would ‘do something soon’ after Viettel, with 52 percent market share, became the nation's dominant telecommunications firm, especially after Viettel mentioned its plan to provide 4G services in the time to come. The military telecom firm affirmed that it will provide 4G services with features and utilities much higher than 3G, but at 3G fees. Under current laws, businesses accounting for over 30 percent of the market share are required to register with … [Read more...]

PM urges building of international-level universities

The Hanoitimes - According to a conclusion during the recent Government meeting on excellent universities, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged upgrades of Hanoi National University and HCM City National University to exceptional tertiary education facilities towards regional and international standards by 2020. The PM required the two universities to promote their internal strength and responsibility to attract domestic and international investment as well as speed up the renovations of their operations. Looking forward, it is necessary to continue the implementation of underway official development assistance projects, including Vietnam - Germany University, Hanoi Science and Technology University, and Vietnam -Japan University towards international-level facilities, the Prime Minister asked. Thu Minh … [Read more...]

PM asks for building of international-level universities

Hanoi , August 28 (VNA) – The Prime Minister has urged upgrades of Hanoi National University and Ho Chi Minh City National University to exceptional tertiary education facilities towards regional and international standards by 2020. In a conclusion during the recent Government meeting on excellent universities, the PM asked the two universities to promote their internal strength and responsibility to attract domestic and international investment as well as speed up the renovations of their operations. The promotion of partnerships and international integration is encouraged in the field, creating favourable conditions for foreign education facilities to invest in Vietnam for the improvement of human resources and backing Vietnamese students to study abroad. Looking forward, it is necessary to continue the implementation of underway official development assistance projects, including Vietnam-Germany University , Hanoi Science and Technology University , and Vietnam-Japan … [Read more...]

It’s time to start 4G

VietNamNet Bridge - Experts believe that it is time for mobile network operators to open the 4G playing field. Viettel has announced it will begin providing 4G services soon. Qualcomm Indochina’s CEO Thieu Phuong Nam believes that 2016 is the time for telcos to utilize 4G because of the readiness of terminal devices and technology advancement. Nam said the number of clients using 3G has been increasing rapidly, accounting for 1/3 of smartphone subscribers. Meanwhile, the prices of smartphones in general and 4G smartphones in particular are on a sharp decrease, while more and more low-cost models have appeared in the market. Qualcomm, for example, has 4G integrated into all chipset models, including products such as Snapdragon 200. The telcos’ worries about expensive terminal devices will no longer exist. Nam said that 4G deployment will bring new great opportunities to mobile network operators. 4G may give a push to the mobile industry, helping increase the sales of … [Read more...]

University students unhappy about career path

VietNamNet Bridge - Many students are unhappy even though they have successfully enrolled in universities, because they have to follow subjects of learning for which they have no passion. A student at Hanoi University of Technology, from Thanh Hoa Province, for example, visited the school to apply to study at the automation faculty. But he seemed to be indecisive. Prior to that, he registered to study at the pharmacy school. However, with a 26 score, he realized that he did not have opportunities to obtain a seat at the prestigious school. Therefore, he decided to study automation, though he really did not want to. "I dream of becoming a pharmacist. But I think I will not have opportunities to study at the Hanoi Pharmaceutical University," he said. "It will be a big waste of my parents’ money if I have to prepare for the national exam once again," he said. "I have no other choice. I have to apply for the automation faculty if I want to follow university education," he … [Read more...]

Hot money to flow to Vietnam in TPP period

VietNamNet Bridge - The Vietnam economy is expected to see major changes after it signs the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which includes member countries that make up 40 percent of the world’s trade. Analysts believe that Vietnam would see the highest GDP growth rate changes among TPP members. GDP growth rate changes have been predicted by the Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR), an arm of the Hanoi National University and Japanese Nagoya University. They forecast that the GDP growth rate changes would be between 0.11 percent and 2.04 percent. The researchers also believe that the investment growth rate in Vietnam would be higher than in any other TPP member countries, between 6.86 percent and 30.62 percent, nearly the same as the investment growth rate in Japan and nearly double that of Australia, Malaysia and the US, if counting value. Regarding the economic structure, Vietnam would see the narrowing of the production and business fields with … [Read more...]

Integrated education for disabled children needs improvement

More and more disabled children have been enrolled in school thanks to improved social awareness and the formation of State management mechanism in the field, but quality of education for these children still needs improvement, education experts said. Illustrative image (Source: baoquangngai.vn) At an international workshop held in Hanoi on August 24 on integrated education for disabled children, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Minh, Head of the Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE), said there are big gaps among regions in the country in terms of the availability of education services for disabled children. Most schools offering integrated education for disabled children are in big cities, while three quarters of the disabled live in the rural areas. In addition, the majority of disabled children receiving integrated education at nursery or primary schools and only a small number study at schools at higher levels. He also noted that teacher training universities fail to pay due … [Read more...]

Promoting all resources to build the capital fast and sustainably

The Hanoitimes - A conference named "Capital Hanoi: Tradition, resources and oriented development" was held on 17th August by Municipal party committee, People’s Council, People’s Committee of Hanoi, Fatherland Front Committee of Hanoi with co-ordination of Hanoi National University. Chairman of People’s Committee of Hanoi, Nguyen The Thao, Deputy Secretary of Municipal party committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang and Hanoi National University chaired the conference. This was an activity in honour of the August Revolution and National Day. Here some comments of specialists who attended the conference on firmly development of Hanoi. Dr. Hoang Van Nghien, Former Chairman of People’s Committee of Hanoi: Fully aware of managing Hanoi Hanoi is different from other provines all over the country. So, 3 factors such as managers, managing tools, managed entity - capital Hanoi - need to be awared fully. Capital Hanoi belongs to country but Hanoi is an adminitrative unit as … [Read more...]

Vietnamese students join World Science Conference in Israel

A Vietnamese delegation of one teacher and four students (Photo) will attend the World Science Conference in Israel (WSCI), which is scheduled to take place in Jerusalem from August 15 to 20. They are teacher Nguyen Hoang Oanh, Deputy Director of the Management Board of the Vietnam-Japan University, the Hanoi National University (HNU); Tran Dang Phuc from the HNU, a second-prize winner at the 2012 International Mathematical Olympiad; Huynh Minh Khoi from the Ho Chi Minh City National University, winner of the Hyundai scientific scholarship; Dao Vu Quang from the Hanoi-Amsterdam Gifted High School, who won silver medals at the 2013 International Junior Science Olympiad and the 2014 Korea International Mathematics Competition; and Nguyen Quang Minh from the University of Science’s Gifted High School, a winner at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). The WSCI was initiated by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Hebrew … [Read more...]

Wasteful spending

Phuong Thao However, media has pointed out a couple of provincial governments have proposed hefty funds for towering monuments in recent times, and what makes people worried is some of these provinces remain poor. Therefore, such lofty projects, including those already completed, have drawn fire from the public. In March, the Vietnamese Heroic Mother statue was inaugurated in Quang Nam Province to mark the province’s 40th anniversary of liberation. It was built at a total cost of over VND410 billion (US$19 million) contributed by local authorities and benefactors inside and outside the country. Vinh Phuc Province’s government two months ago announced construction of Van Mieu (temple of literature) project at a total cost of VND271 billion (US$12 million) fully funded by the province’s budget, which was expected to be up and running some time this year. Though this temple is near completion, the province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism remains … [Read more...]

The Party’s leadership in the August Revolution

(VOVworld) – Vietnam will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution on August 19, 1945. The victory was attributed to the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, which had about 5,000 members at that time. Minh Cham analyses the Party’s leadership in the August revolution and lessons on Party building. Vietnam will celebrate the August Revolution on August 19 and National Day on September 2. President Ho Chi Minh wrote about the role of the Party in the August Revolution: "Not only the Vietnamese working class and Vietnamese people but the working class and people of other nations can be proud that for the first time in the history of colonialism, a 15-year-old Party successfully led a revolution and took power nationwide." Correct leadership Associate Professor Doctor Nguyen Trong Phuc, former Director of the Institute of Party History of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration, said the Party designed a … [Read more...]

Local students win two photography awards

The Saigon Times Daily Team Thang Long from Hanoi consists of Nguyen Khac Hieu, ninth grader at Doan Thi Diem Ecopark School in Hanoi, Nguyen Ba Hoang Minh, 11th grader at the Foreign Languages School of Hanoi National University, and To Quang Minh, 12th grader at Foreign Languages School of Hanoi National University of Education. Nguyen Ba Hoang Minh is an individual photography award winner at the contest. Higashikawa on Hokkaido Island is known as the world’s photography center. The festival attracted 13 teams from China, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, Canada, Latvia, Uzbekistan, and host Japan. The teams participated in three consecutive marathons over three days, with nature, daily life, and festivals chosen as themes. … [Read more...]

Vietnam-Man City Friendly Football Match

The team arrived in Vietnam with its world-class players, including David Silva, Joe Hart, Edin Dzenko and Raheem Sterling so the Vietnamese football fans were eager for a friendly game. During the match, the national stadium became boisterous with cheers and encouragement of crazy fans. The stars of the Premier League brought the Vietnamese audience a feast of spectacular football performance and skills and they beat Vietnam 8-1. In spite of losing, it was a good chance for Vietnam to train footballers and build a professional football club. On July 27, a friendly football match between the Vietnamese national football team and the Manchester City Football Club took place at My Dinh Stadium. Photo: Thanh Giang The stadium is filled with about 30,000 fans. Photo: Tat Son Raheem sterling attempts to pass over a Vietnamese Midfielder. Photo: Tat Son At the 39 minute mark of the match, Man City is beating Vietnam 4-0 but the fans still enthusiastically encourage the … [Read more...]

Two Higashikawa Int’l Photo awards for Vietnam

Vietnam has carried off two awards (one for organisations and the other for individual) at the Higashikawa International Photo Festival taking place in Japan from August 4-10. The Vietnamese team – Thang Long – includes three members: Nguyen Khac Hieu, a 9th grade student from Ecopark Doan Thi Diem School, Nguyen Ba Hoang Minh, a 11th grade student from the Foreign Language Specialized School (FLSS) under the National University and a To Quang Minh, a 12th grade student from FLSS under the Hanoi National University of Education. The festival attracted 13 teams from 10 countries and territories, including China, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan (China), Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, Canada, Latvia, Uzbekistan and the host country – Japan. Participants vied at three marathon photo contests for three consecutive days in three category- landscape, daily life and festivities. Flea Market to host two dance contests next week Budding dancers will have the … [Read more...]

Vietnam to attend World Science Conference in Israel

The WSCI is scheduled to take place in Jerusalem from August 15 to 20. (Credit: mfa.gov.il) NDO – According to the Vietnamese Embassy in Israel, a Vietnamese delegation of one teacher and four students will attend the World Science Conference in Israel (WSCI), which is scheduled to take place in Jerusalem from August 15 to 20. The delegation includes Nguyen Hoang Oanh, Deputy Director of the Management Board of the Vietnam-Japan University, the Hanoi National University (HNU); Tran Dang Phuc from the HNU, a second-prize winner at the 2012 International Mathematical Olympiad; Huynh Minh Khoi from the Ho Chi Minh City National University, a Hyundai scientific scholarship winner; Dao Vu Quang from the Hanoi-Amsterdam Gifted High School, winning silver medals at the 2013 International Junior Science Olympiad and the 2014 Korea International Mathematics Competition; and Nguyen Quang Minh from the University of Science’s Gifted High School, a winner at the Intel International … [Read more...]

ASEAN Environment Year 2015 celebrated in Myanmar

Photo: environment.asean.org The ASEAN Environment Year (AEY) 2015 celebration themed "Empowering the Youth for a Green ASEAN Community" was held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on July 29-30, according to the ASEAN Secretariat. The AEY is a celebration held once every three years to showcase ASEAN achievement and commitment to environmental protection, and to promote public awareness on environmental issues in general. At the event, the second ASEAN Eco-schools Award was presented to ten primary and ten secondary eco-schools to recognise their exemplary efforts in inculcating environmental awareness in all aspects of education to students and surrounding communities. The selection of the eco-schools was based on national criteria and the ASEAN Guidelines on Eco-schools adopted by the ASEAN Environment Ministers in 2011. Hanoi-Amsterdam school and Foreign Language Specialised School under University of Languages and International Studies – Hanoi National University were honoured … [Read more...]