VietNamNet Bridge - Educators agree that Vietnam’s universities need to be accredited, but they have not reached a consensus on how it should be done. There are 16 university ranking organizations, including the four most prestigious – THE (Times High Education), QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities), and Webometrics (Webometrics Ranking of World Universities). According to Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Van Phuc, none of the rankings is ‘perfect’ and Vietnam needs to use the one suited to it. ARWU, for example, attaches importance to scientific articles published in international journals. QS doesn’t put much emphasis on articles, but pays attention to comments by experts and society. Agreeing with Phuc, deputy director of the Hanoi National University Nguyen Huu Duc said that ARWU and THE are not suited to most universities in Asia and developing countries. The weak point of Vietnamese … [Read more...] about University accreditation: ‘a game of the rich’?
Viet Nam News by Robert Bicknell Can changing clubs make a difference in your game as a professional? We read all the time that a well-known Tour pro decided to switch brands, mostly due to a ridiculous amount of money being waved in his/her face. What people do not realize is that many of these pros are not entirely stupid and usually demand that the company make a virtual copy of their old tried and true club, with minimal cosmetic or technical changes, and just a new brand stamped on it. What’s old is new… sort of. But occasionally, the manufacturer might demand the player accept the designs they currently have, modified a bit to meet the player’s requirements. This can be something as simple as weighting, or grinding the sole a bit differently than what is actually on the market. But, almost without exception, once the player has a brand new set of clubs in his brand new bag, his game usually goes completely to hell, at least for a short while. Having said … [Read more...] about Can changing clubs make a difference in your game?
Melinda Colite held a picture of her grandson during a Senate investigation about the vaccine AFP/Noel CELIS While Dengvaxia's maker Sanofi has said unequivocally that its world-first vaccination is safe, Philippine authorities disagree publicly over whether it could have contributed to children's deaths. The resulting confusion has prompted a dangerous plunge in vaccination rates in the Philippines for other diseases. It has also added to a swirling political battle, fanned by bloggers who back President Rodrigo Duterte and have an audience of millions of Facebook followers. "The blame game has taken over the main issue," Ronald Mendoza, dean of the Ateneo de Manila University's School of Government, told AFP. "It may be doing damage to public health rather than protecting it." Health authorities have said child vaccination rates against illnesses like measles have dropped by as much as 25 percentage points over the previous year as public anger and mistrust has grown in the … [Read more...] about Confusion, blame game fuels Philippines vaccine scandal
Construction work will not be completed within the next four months to serve the event, confirmed Vice President Jusuf Kalla. He said the workload, including the building of six stations in Jakarta, is enormous. After meeting with and reading reports from the state-owned builder of the project PT AdhiKarya, Indonesia authorities came to the decision that the LRT cannot be finished in time to support the regional sport event. The Jakarta LRT is designed to be integrated with the MRT and Transjakarta lines, which according to Kalla, will require a lot more time to be completed. Unlike Jakarta, Palembang, which is also a city selected to host the 2018 Asian Games, is comparatively better prepared to offerthe LRT as a means of transportation for athletes, contingents, and stakeholders. State-owned train manufacturer PT IndustriKeretaApi has begun the delivery of the LRT to Palembang, which is expected to be operated in time to serve the games.-VNA Tags: light rail transit in … [Read more...] about Indonesia: light rail transit behind Asian Games schedule
Road to victory: Lý Hoàng Nam continued the winning trend. Photo courtesy of webthethao.vnViet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Trịnh Linh Giang and Lý Hoàng Nam started the Davis Cup with positive news, winning both single games against Pacific Oceania yesterday. Playing against Heve Kelley, Trịnh Linh Giang of Becamex Bình Dương won both sets 6-0, 6-2. The second single match between Lý Hoàng Nam and Pacific Oceania’s best player Matthew Stubbings was much anticipated byspectators. More than 500 viewers packed the court. Nam won both sets 6-3, 6-1. The same day the doubles team of Phạm Minh Tuấn and Lê Quốc Khánh lost against Pacific Oceania at 6-1, 3-6, 3-6 Strong start: Trịnh Linh Giang won the first single. Photo courtesy of webthethao.vn … [Read more...] about VN tennis team start Davis Cup with two winning games