A Russian-trained university professor and researcher has spent years exploring new biotechnological applications to benefit Vietnam’s agriculture and veterinary medicine fields. A Russian-trained university professor and researcher has spent years exploring new biotechnological applications to benefit Vietnam’s agriculture and veterinary medicine fields. Associate Professor Nguyen Thanh Hai, vice dean of the flora biotechnology department at the Vietnam National University of Agriculture in Hanoi, has spent years working his way toward mastering full control over a plant’s flowering time. The 37-year-old associate professor is currently focused on identifying herb-based cures for livestock diseases in an effort to guarantee a steady supply of hygienically ensured food for consumers. Back in the late 1990s, Hai took entrance exams for what is now the Vietnam National University of Agriculture and Hanoi Medical University. The young standout passed both with … [Read more...] about Vietnamese scientist devotes life to bio-agriculture
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Vietnam outscored the US in math and science on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, but observers say the country should not forget the problems of its deeply troubled education system. The opinions expressed are their own. Options and second chances Jim Cobbe, emeritus professor of economics at Florida State University and a Fulbright scholar who has done extensive research on Vietnam's education system: Motivation matters a lot; a very large proportion of American 15-year-olds have very poor motivation to do well in school, and in my experience, despite all the talk about testing in the US, American students don't have good exam skills. RELATED CONTENT Vietnam deputy education minister not convinced by global test High global test scores don't mean Vietnam's schooling is OK And there is a huge difference in objective situations. In Vietnam, students know they must do well or they will not progress, so they will have little chance of … [Read more...] about Global test as skewed as its namesake tower?
Parents look to 'creativity centers' for their children's extra-curricular lifeskills PHOTO COURTESY OF FASTRACKIDS VIETNAM) The hosts' kids were four and six, and very cute. They put on an impromptu music performance for their guests and with no prompting went to bed and slept by themselves. Duong Thi Quynh Hoa, in France pursuing her Master's degree, was impressed. Why, she wondered, are most Vietnamese children shy about performing or even speaking in front of other adults - and why do they take a long time before they do things independently? Her queries eventually resulted in Hoa opening the Eveil Center in Hanoi almost three years ago, offering afterschool programs that focus on "developing your child's creativity." "Some parents feel that their generation did not have the resources to learn how to communicate effectively. Some have told me that even now they do not feel comfortable speaking in front of an audience at their company's meeting," said Hoa, founder and … [Read more...] about Catch ’em young
Binh Dinh terminates investment attraction for oil refinery project The central coastal province of Binh Dinh has decided to end investment attraction for the petrochemical oil refinery project in Nhon Hoi Economic Zone due to its unfeasibility. In the coming time, the province will continue its other investment promotion activities while creating favourable conditions for investors from Japan and the EU to land their investments in the locality. After receiving agreement from relevant ministries and agencies, the province will work to lure investment projects to the Industry-Trade-Service-Urban Becamex-Binh Dinh complex, which covers 2,400 hectares in Canh Vinh commune, Van Canh district. This overriding priority is also given to investment attraction in other projects, including the Japanese Yo Yo frozen aquatic processing plant, Vinh Loi aquatic industrial complex and Cat Khanh seafood processing zone. Australia to intensify inspection of imported seafood from VN The Australia … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 23/7
America's obesity epidemic is so deeply rooted that it will take dramatic and systemic measures - from overhauling farm policies and zoning laws to, possibly, introducing a soda tax - to fix it, the influential Institute of Medicine said on Tuesday. A woman prepares to go in front of judges at a casting call for a reality television program during which overweight or obese contestants hope to lose weight by dancing, in New York December 18, 2009 Photo: Reuters In an ambitious 478-page report, the IOM refutes the idea that obesity is largely the result of a lack of willpower on the part of individuals. Instead, it embraces policy proposals that have met with stiff resistance from the food industry and lawmakers, arguing that multiple strategies will be needed to make the U.S. environment less "obesogenic." The IOM, part of the National Academies, offers advice to the government and others on health issues. Its report was released at the Weight of the Nation conference, a … [Read more...] about Obesity fight must shift from personal blame: U.S. panel