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...]

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...]

Vietnam increasingly dependent on China, despite rhetoric

A vendor selling Chinese-made blankets at a market in the northern province of Lang Son on September 23, 2014. Photo: Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP Vietnam’s trade deficit to China surged again this year despite pledges to reduce dependence on the dominant supplier following last May's oil rig row. The latest figures from the General Statistics Office showed that Chinese imports to Vietnam during the first 11 months of this year hit US$39.9 billion -- up 18.9 percent year-on-year. That left a trade deficit of $26.4 billion or a 22.1 percent increase from last year. Government officials and economists regularly express alarm about Vietnam's growing trade deficit with China, to little effect. The rhetoric became particularly pointed in late May, when Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said Vietnam must seek out new trading partners. At the time, Trade Minister Vu Huy Hoang echoed his point. In June, Tuoi Tre published a long story quoting farmers and manufacturers as saying they were … [Read more...]

Social News 9/12

ADB urges use of ICT in healthcare Information and communication technology tools are crucial for Asian governments to fast-track quality, affordable healthcare for all of their citizens, a regional healthcare conference heard in HCM City last week. "Better use of ICT means better data and systems that improve the quality of healthcare while reducing the costs," Susann Roth, senior social development specialist at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), said. "And ultimately, good health makes for improved lives and sustainable and inclusive growth." The conference, titled ‘Measuring and Achieving Universal Health Coverage with ICT in Asia and the Pacific,' gathered around 200 key government officials from health, social protection, finance, academia, and development organisations from over 25 countries. They reviewed evidence on the cost, benefit, and impact of ICT solutions in improving healthcare monitoring and thus achieving universal health coverage more quickly. The … [Read more...]

Ten outstanding Vietnamese students receive Honda Y-E-S Award

At the awards ceremony NDO – Ten Honda motorbikes and total prize money of US$30,000 were presented to ten outstanding Vietnamese students – the winners of the 2014 Honda Y-E-S Award – at a ceremony in Hanoi on December 6. The honourees include two from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology; five from the Technology University under the Hanoi National University; two from the University of Natural Sciences under the Hanoi National University; and one from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Science and Technology. The prize winners were the best students selected among 114 profiles of those with high academic results and outstanding achievements in scientific studies sent to the Award’s office since it was launched in April this year. These ten students will also have chances to win a Honda Y-E-S Plus prize worth US$10,000 if they win a post-graduate scholarship to study in Japan. Honda YES Award is an annual prize for outstanding Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Social News 3/12

Autism growing in Vietnam Volunteers and caregivers feed children at the Ha Noi Relief Association for Handicapped. There are about 200,000 documented cases of children with autism in Viet Nam and the number is growing, according to the Asia-Pacific Development Centre on Disability (APCD). The news was voiced with concern at a workshop co-organised by the APCD and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder characterised by impaired social interaction and communication, said Dr. Vu Song Ha, vice director of the Centre for Creative Initiatives in Health and Development. At the workshop, researchers said the number of school children with autism was significantly higher than children with other disabilities. Autism is a widely recognised disability and is listed in many countries' disability laws. Viet Nam, however, has not yet established a legal framework to provide diagnosed children with medical insurance or … [Read more...]

Russian Duma Chairman meets Hanoi students

Chairman Sergey Evgenievich Naryshkin (first left) visits the Hanoi National University (Photo: VNA) Visiting Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russia Sergey Evgenievich Naryshkin had an exchange with students of the Hanoi National University on December 2. At the event, Naryshkin introduced his country’s foreign policy affirming that Russia always considers Vietnam its leading partner. Noting with pleasure the fruitful bilateral relationship, he said that it will further develop in the future. He also emphasised the need to increase collaboration and exchanges between the two peoples, especially young generations, in a bid to push the bilateral friendship forward. The Duma Chairman confirmed that Russia will continue to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese to pursue their study in the country, adding his government will increase scholarship for Vietnam in the coming time. Participating students questioned the Russian guest on the country, … [Read more...]

2014 IMO medalists all want to study in the US

VietNamNet Bridge – All six students who were members of the Vietnamese national team attending the 2014 International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) have chosen to attend universities in the US. Three students have been awarded scholarships (VND104 million for each) from Ivy Prep for English training courses. They are IMO gold medalists Nguyen The Hoan and Tran Hong Quan, and IMO bronze medalist Nguyen Huy Tung. Hoan, who won the gold medal when he was an 11th grader, is now in his last year of general education at the High School for the Gifted under the Hanoi National University. Hoan said he will try his best to become a member of the Vietnamese team to attend the 2015 IMO team and to win more medals. The other two, Quan and Tung, are students of the talent class of the Hanoi University of Natural Sciences’ Math Faculty. Meanwhile, Pham Tuan Huy, one of the six students, has joined Stanford with a full grant. Ho Quoc Dang Hung is following necessary procedures for … [Read more...]

Pham Than Duat awards presented to outstanding historians

At the presentation ceremony NDO - Six academics were presented with the 15th Pham Than Duat History Award at a ceremony held at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi on November 29. The event was held in collaboration between the Vietnam Science History Association and the Pham Than Duat History Award Fund. Doctor Pham Duc Anh from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) in Hanoi won the second prize for his thesis on the Vietnamese State system during the 10th and 19th centuries. Two second prizes were also given to Doctor Do Thi Huong Thao from the USSH and Doctor Nguyen Thanh Minh from the High Command of the Vietnam Coast Guard. Three third prizes were awarded to Doctor Nguyen Thi Kieu Trang and Doctor Nguyen Thu Hien from the Hanoi National University of Education; and Doctor Ngo Duc Lap from Hue University. The awards were first given in 2000 in honour of Pham Than Duat (1825 – 1885), a patriotic scholar and historian. The accolade has since been … [Read more...]

Educators struggle to create competitive textbook market

VietNamNet Bridge – If the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) acts as a textbook compiler, the textbook market cannot be competitive, analysts have said. MOET’s Minister Pham Vu Luan remains resolute in his belief that it would be better if MOET is a textbook compiler. When asked by the National Assembly’s deputies that if textbook compilation is controlled by interest groups, Luan said that there was nothing to worry about. Meanwhile, a professor at the Hanoi University of Education said the competition among MOET and other compilers would not be fair. "It would be better if MOET focuses on implementing its function as a state management agency in the education and training sector," he said. "It is MOET’s job to set standard education curricula which serve as the framework for scholars to create textbooks," he said. "If so, the textbooks will bear the spirit of the MOET’s education programs, and MOET will not need to spend time on the … [Read more...]

16th forum on four East Asian universities’ director in Viet Nam

Four major universities’ director forum in East Asia (called BESETOHA) - including Peking University (China), Seoul National University (Korea), Tokyo University (Japan) and Hanoi National University (Vietnam) are alternately held every year in four countries. On November 12, Ha Noi National University held 16 th solemn forum on directors of 4 major universities in East Asia with the topic "The role of university education for green growth" (The role of universities in green growth). In addition to four directors of four universities, the forum of this year with the participation of a large number of university managers, scientists, education experts from China, Japan, Korea and Viet Nam, representative leaders of Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment, Ministry of Science and Technology, Quang Ninh People’s Committee. Green growth is an important factor contributing to sustainably economic and social development. Therefore, countries build strategic development … [Read more...]

Limestone plateau in central Vietnam defaced for cement production

Hundreds of limestone mountains, which are considered Ha Long Bay on land, in the central province of Quang Binh, have been 'slaughtered' to provide materials for cement production. Although local provincial authorities admit they regret the loss of the iconic landscape, the exploitation of limestone there takes place every day by both legal and illegal miners. Several scenic mountains, such as Cay Tro standing by national highway 12A in Thach Hoa Commune of Tuyen Hoa District, have been gnawed away in recent years. Almost 100 mountains in the limestone plateau in Quang Binh have disappeared or been distorted in the past ten years. Ruins Two districts, Tuyen Hoa and Minh Hoa, are the most densely 'dotted' with karst mountains in Quang Binh Province, and they have suffered the most. Tuyen Hoa has 15 limestone mines in operation, meaning that 15 mountains are being 'slaughtered'. Just a two-kilometer road section from Chau Hoa to Thach Hoa in Tuyen Hoa has six operational … [Read more...]

Social News 17/11

Newspaper fined for inaccuracy The Ministry of Information and Communications' Deputy Chief Inspector, Do Thi Tinh, has decided to fine the Dan Viet online newspaper VND 15 million (US$714) for publishing inaccurate information. The story in question, "The world's most magnificent presidential palaces," was carried on November 2. The paper could appeal or contest the decision, the ministry said. The Information and Communication Ministry this year has issued fines on a large number of online and print newspapers for a variety of offences dealing with incorrect information. Thanh Hoa fills gaping road sinkhole Authorities in Thanh Hoa province's Quy Loc Commune have used 1,000 cubic metres of soil and rock to fill up a gaping sinkhole. They have also repaired the road on which the sinkhole had appeared to ensure traffic safety, and provided financial support for local households to repair their houses and other property. Local officials said they have instituted a ban on … [Read more...]

Vietnamese teachers appreciated at Hanoi ceremony

President Truong Tan Sang presents People's Teacher title to teachers (Source: VNA) President Truong Tan Sang and other senior officials joined exemplary teachers from all corners of the country at a ceremony in Hanoi on November 13 to mark the Vietnamese Teachers' Day (November 20). Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan said between 1988 and 2012, the People's Teacher title was bestowed upon 528 individuals while 6,735 others received the title of Meritorious Teacher. Among 39 holders of the People's Teacher title this year, the oldest is Prof. Le Quang Long, 95, from the Hanoi National University of Education. The youngest among 680 new Meritorious Teachers is 34-year-old Mai Thi Tham from southern Binh Phuoc province and 19 are ethnic minorities, Luan said. Congratulating Vietnamese educators on their Day, President Truong Tan Sang highlighted the educational sector's efforts to innovate its management, curricula, teaching, learning, and assessment methods, and … [Read more...]

Governor General of Canada to visit Vietnam

(VOV) - Canada's 27th Governor General Michaëlle Jean will visit Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos from November 13-18. Jean who is a candidate to be the next Secretary General of La Francophonie is scheduled to meet with senior officials of these three French-speaking countries. In Vietnam, she will exchange experience on issues relating to education and the younger generation with students at Hanoi National University. While in Laos, she will visit the Francophone Institute for Tropical Medicine under the Association of Francophone Universities (AUF). Jean will be in Dakar, Senegal, on November 29-30 for the Francophone Summit where state and government leaders will vote for the new Secretary General of the organisation. … [Read more...]