Prof. Dr. Tran Ngoc Tho, Member, National Financial & Monetary Policy Advisory Council, University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City
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Human resource factor
Ho Chi Minh City is the most populous metropolis in the country, but compared to other big cities in Asia such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, or Shanghai, the quality of population calibre is average. This means that Ho Chi Minh City may be densely populated but it is still not strong enough to become a knowledge city of international standards. The City is still mainly based on broad-based labor intensive industry, occupying large premises and using low-skilled labor and outdated technology, supported by large investment and low productivity, and dependent on outsourcing of raw material from other countries. If the population calibre is low, it is difficult for a City to develop quickly and sustainably.
On the top of the pyramid is the Elite Group. Studies show that this group plays a lead role in society, and includes experts, senior leaders, and big businessmen. This group is not too large, but consists of smart and intelligent people who are experts in their fields, who orient, create trends, and influence and attract people to follow their model lifestyle. Any city with a large, strong, and united elitist class will always progress the fastest.
On the second rung of the pyramid comes the respond group. This group is quite large, plays a crucial role in the development process, and is the main driving force that also promotes the society and culture of the place. This segment is the middle class, is economically well off, educated, and very capable and talented. In developed societies, the middle class always makes up the majority, possibly upto 40% to 50% of the entire city population.
The last group at the bottom rung of the pyramid follows default social trends. This group is very large, has potential power if mobilized well, but is less active. These three groups all must focus towards improving in quality, which will then easily lead to a high consensus and success. The lessons of Singapore and European countries are living proof of such development and growth. However, among all the three groups, it is the elitist that is the most important and prominent in society.
Shortfalls and inadequacies
Looking from the outside and very objectively, Ho Chi Minh City does not have a strong group of intellectuals and experts, or a strong international research base in various fields. Many of its scientific research products are of poor quality and low applicability, with too few products commercialized domestically and having almost no influence outside its borders. Along with this, public officials serving the people lack professionalism, skills and the ability to communicate with foreign visitors.
In particular, Ho Chi Minh City lacks a good indepth advisory group. Survey results show that grassroots officials do not meet necessary requirements, with only 28% having university degrees. Among these, only 25% have been trained in urban areas; only 9% know a foreign language; and just 13.6% are proficient in office computing. Many cadre officers were transferred from either Women’s Union, Civil Defence or Fatherland Front, and only five out of 58 officials in charge of the culture of 58 suburban communes are trained in culture in schools, while the rest are rotated back and forth from different positions.
According to a report by the Center for Forecasting Manpower Demand and Labor Market Information in Ho Chi Minh City, upto 28% of the labor force in Ho Chi Minh City has not been trained, and only 26% has received just preliminary training.
The business community in Ho Chi Minh City is small in size, and its influence is still weak and not of an international level. Ho Chi Minh City lacks economic giants such as Samsung, LG, and Honda. The business giants are mainly in the real estate sector, getting richer from difference in land rent, unfamiliar with market economy, and relying mainly on officials. These giants cannot guide society in terms of techniques, technology, organization, or image. If Ho Chi Minh City wants to have 500,000 businesses, it must have 50 to 100 leading people running both small and micro-enterprises.
Ho Chi Minh City lacks teams of modern industrial workers called blue-collar workers, in the true sense of the word. Workers here are just unskilled laborers with low education and living a poor economic life, while not forming a social class like in developed countries. Industrial products are also mainly outsourced to foreign countries, and handicraft products are monotonous with little innovation. This is reflected not only in production but also in areas such as literary and artistic products for tourism that are few and outdated, and poor in variety and design.
Change economic structure
Ho Chi Minh City needs to change its economic structure quickly and become an international center for finance, health and education services. Tourism must be of a high level, by training young educated people. The solution to restructuring the economic space is to reduce the labor force of medium and low-skilled workers or unskilled workers, and not develop low-level processing factories, but develop industrial parks, high-tech parks, software zones, and biotech zones. It is important to promote industrial development in the central and western provinces also so that workers do not have to move to Ho Chi Minh City.
Forming a class of residents that play a lead role in society, and attract high-quality talent and experts from all over the country and abroad, is an issue that Ho Chi Minh City needs to address with great urgency.
Asso.Prof. Nguyen Minh Hoa
The chairman of Ho Chi Minh City on Monday insisted that police officers and military soldiers search for two Chinese who had fled a quarantine center on the weekend, as the novel coronavirus has made a comeback in Vietnam.
Authorities have yet to find two Chinese nationals who had escaped a COVID-19 quarantine center operated by the Ho Chi Minh City Military School in Cu Chi District on Sunday night, Nguyen Huu Hoai Phu, chairman of the district, said at a meeting on Monday.
Ho Thanh Phong, a senior doctor at the military school, confirmed that information.
Born in 1999 and 2001, the two were among 11 Chinese who had illegally entered Vietnam and were intercepted by police in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City.
They were sent to the quarantine center in Cu Chi five days ago.
Cu Chi authorities searched for the Chinese throughout Sunday night but have been unable to find them, Phu said, adding that the duo may have fled to other districts.
Ho Chi Minh City chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong demanded at the meeting that police officers and military soldiers hunt for the two Chinese people, even though they had tested negative for COVID-19 once.
The Ministry of Health announced the first six local infections in over a month on Thursday last week.
It registered seven additional domestic cases on Friday, three on Saturday, and another eight on Sunday.
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and many other provinces have ceased non-essential businesses like karaoke parlors, massage joints, cinemas, nightclubs, discos, and online game centers to stall coronavirus spread.
Pyrotechnic displays intended to celebrate Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers’ Day (May 1) on the weekend also had to be scrapped over the health ministry’s warning of a large-scale outbreak.
Droves of people are returning to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City after enjoying a four-day holiday from Friday in popular tourist destinations or their hometowns.
Vietnam has gone over three phases of COVID-19, with 2,962 infections, 2,549 recoveries, and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health’s statistics.
A total of 415 cases were logged from January 23 to July 24 last year, 1,136 from July 25 last year to January 27 this year, and 1,411 from January 28 to the present.
Police in Ho Chi Minh City have captured two Chinese nationals, who had been caught sneaking into Vietnam illegally and escaped after being sent to a local isolation ward.
The capture was confirmed on Tuesday by the principal of Ho Chi Minh City Military School in Cu Chi District – a venue repurposed into a quarantine ward, where the two Chinese had escaped from.
The duo were found in Hoa Khanh Dong Commune, Duc Hoa District of neighboring Long An Province, which is some 32 kilometers away from the quarantine ward.
Police of Cu Chi District have detained the two individuals and brought them back to quarantine.
The two Chinese nationals were born in 1999 and 2001, respectively, Nguyen Huu Hoai Phu, chairman of the Cu Chi People’s Committee, said during a meeting of the Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
The duo escaped their quarantine ward in Cu Chi District on Sunday evening after they were sent there along with nine other Chinese border jumpers a few days earlier.
Cu Chi authorities have mobilized lower-level police forces, as well as local residents, to scour for the two in lodging facilities in the locale.
Vietnam is staying on high alert against border jumpers, who could bring the COVID-19 pathogen into the country and enkindle another outbreak.
The Southeast Asian nation has gone through three outbreaks of COVID-19, with 2,962 infections, 2,549 recoveries, and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health’s statistics.
Since April 27, 38 domestic cases have been recorded in the country.
Locals started enjoying a four-day holiday to celebrate Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers’ Day (May 1) on Friday, which pulled citizens to domestic tourism hubs in droves and raised concerns over COVID-19 spread.
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and other provinces have shuttered non-essential services such as karaoke parlors, nightclubs, discos, and online game centers to quell the virus.
President Ho Chi Minh was a great leader, a national hero who devoted all his life to national independence and freedom and happiness of the people while tirelessly striving for peace and progress in the world.
|Young patriot Nguyen Tat Thanh leaves Sai Gon port on the ship Ariral Latouche Treville to start his journey to seek ways for national salvation, June 5, 1911. (Photo: VNA)|
|Young patriot Nguyen Ai Quoc (President Ho Chi Minh’s pseudonym in France) attends the 18th Congress of the French Socialist Party in the city of Tours (France) as an Indochinese delegate, December 1920. (Photo: VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh reads the ‘Declaration of Independence,’ giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam at Ba Dinh square, Hanoi, September 2, 1945. (Photo: VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh and members of the Provisional Government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam make debut after the first meeting, September 3, 1945. (Photo: VNA)|
|The first National Assembly holds a meeting at the Hanoi Opera House, where they discussed and approved the 1946 Constitution, March 2, 1946. (Photo: Archives/VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh signs with the French Government a modus vivendi with one of the principal contents that both sides would refrain from all actions of conflicts and force, and negotiations would resume, September 14, 1946. This document was signed to give the young government more time to prepare for a long-held revolution. (Photo: Archives/Published by VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh closely follows the progress of a battle at enemy posts in Dong Khe, opening up the border campaign, September 16, 1950. (Photo: Archives/Published by VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh reads the political report at the second National Party Congress held in Viet Bac warzone, February 1951. (Photo: Archives/VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh (centre), General Vo Nguyen Giap (outer right) and other comrades in the Dien Bien Phu campaign command. (Photo: Archives/VNA)|
|Chinese President Mao Zedong welcomes President Ho Chi Minh as part of the latter’s friendship visit to China, June 25, 1955. (Photo: Archives/Published by VNA)|
|Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union Kliment Voroshilov welcomes President Ho Chi Minh at Moscow international airport as part of the latter’s official friendship visit to the Soviet Union, July 12, 1955. (Photo: Archives/Published by VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh visits Bulgaria, August 1957. (Photo: Archives/Published by VNA)|
|President of Indonesia Sukarno welcomes President Ho Chi Minh as part of the latter’s official visit to Indonesia, February 1959. (Photo: Archives/Published by VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh visits Deo Nai coal mine in Cam Pha district, Quang Ninh province, March 30, 1959. (Photo: Archives/VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh signs an order to promulgate the 1959 Constitution, January 1, 1960. (Photo: Archives/VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh welcomes children at the Presidential Palace on the occasion of Mid-Autumn Festival, 1961. (Photo: Archives/VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh talks to students of the Central School of Stage Art in Hanoi, November 25, 1961. (Photo: Archives/VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh hosts a reception for Kaysone Phomvihane, head of the Lao Party and Front delegation, during the latter’s friendship visit to Vietnam, 1966. (Photo: Archives/VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh welcomes American intellectuals, who are also Vietnam war protesters, January 17, 1967. (Photo: Archives/VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh meets with Politburo members to decide the launch of the 1968 Spring General Offensive and Uprising, December 28, 1967. (Photo: VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh visits and extends lunar new year wishes to soldiers and officers at Air Regiment 921 under Red Star Air Force, February 9, 1967. (Photo: VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh with children from the South visiting the North, February 13, 1969. (Photo: VNA)|
|President Ho Chi Minh casts ballot in the election for the fifth National Assembly at polling station 1 in Ba Dinh cluster, Hanoi. (Photo: VNA)|
Compared to a decade ago, more and more parents and students choose international schools because of their curriculum, high standards, and educational environment.
With many years experience in the educational sector, Barry Sutherland, head of American International School Vietnam (AISVN), recommends specific criteria to evaluate a qualified international school that parents should consider when investing in their children’s future, such as teaching program, international accreditation, faculty and facilities.
Innovative international education
Curriculum is one of the most important criteria when choosing a school, Sutherland said. Many students who study at an international school plan to study abroad after finishing middle school or graduating high school. Therefore, it is an advantage to study a program that is transferable and accepted in many countries around the world.
Qualified learning programs help develop a well-rounded student not only in academics but also in essential life skills. Educating students to become global citizens is part of many international schools’ mission.
Sutherland said that currently, the gold standard International Baccalaureate Program (IB) is accepted worldwide, and among the top 3 global curriculums. By following IB, students may easily transfer to any highly recognized international schools in Asia, Europe or North America. The teaching program focuses on developing well-rounded and balanced students who can think for themselves.
With these advantages, some international schools in Vietnam have adopted the IB program. Currently, AISVN is one of the best international schools in Ho Chi Minh City providing IB Continuum Programs from Early Years to Grade 12, including Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP).
AISVN grade 5 students discuss and present ideas with their homeroom teacher. Photo by AISVN
According to Sutherland, in addition to the international standard learning program, schools should focus on sustaining Vietnamese values while operating in Vietnam. A recent survey from AISVN’s community showed among more than 20 suggested values, the four most popular were Family, Education, Respect and Personal Responsibility.
AISVN integrates these values throughout its lessons, including various extracurricular activities and experiential trips. Many service learning activities combine with different organizations such as HeartBeat Vietnam to fundraise for congenital heart defects, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation to help street kids or children with disabilities and rescues kids from slavery and human trafficking, and Song Foundation to fundraise for Vietnamese regions struck by natural disasters. These are just a few existing partnerships that create opportunities for students to learn how to empathize, support charitable causes and how to make an impact.
Parents visit AISVN in March 2021 to choose a school for their children. Photo by AISVN
Accredited by trusted international organizations
An international school that is accredited by a trusted organization is an important factor for parents to choose a school. Sutherland stated top trustworthy organizations in education includes International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This is quality control for parents.
The schools have to go through a rigorous and comprehensive review process by an external board, covering all aspects of the teaching program, faculty, facilities, policies and learning strategies in order to be accredited.
For example, currently, there are only about 700 schools all over the world that have been granted this accreditation by the Council of International Schools. The results from these organizations are not permanent and a new full evaluation process is required every five years when the accreditation expires to ensure quality.
Sutherland also shared that an international school requires at least one accreditation organization to evaluate its quality. AISVN is one of the few international schools in HCMC that has passed all rigorous accreditation processes from the top three organizations: IBO, CIS and WASC.
Dedicated teachers with international certification
Teachers are the ones who directly interact with students. Sutherland said some schools only require teachers to be foreigners who may lack international certification in education. Experienced teachers with qualified certification know how to engage and inspire students in learning.
He gave an example at AISVN, where 56 percent of teachers exceed the minimum teaching qualification requirement and hold a master’s or higher degree. In addition, the dynamic relationship between teachers and students creates motivation and positive energy so students enjoy going to school. Teachers become the first point of contact, who always listen and are the ones students can trust to share their problems with. Excellent teachers are a school’s greatest resource.
Students learn about the world map in the IB Program. Photo by AISVN
State of the art facilities with a focus on environment
In addition to the three critical criteria, parents should consider the school’s facilities. Classrooms and functional rooms facilitating arts and sports programs support students to maximize their potential, relieve stress and evoke passion. Depending on interests and talents, students can participate in music, sing, play instruments, perform in the arts, sports and visual arts. Students can become actors, actresses, singers or artists, not only scientists, engineers and doctors.
Sutherland said AISVN has the largest school campus area in HCMC with 6.5 hectares in Nha Be District. The school has a spacious playground to serve more than 1,300 students. There are a lot of inspired spaces decorated with students’ creative artworks. Green spaces in the school offer areas where students can play and explore the world as well as build a close connection with the environment.
Early Years students at AISVN participate in water game activities on Sports Day in March 2021. Photo by AISVN
AISVN currently has special limited offers such as non-refundable one time payment (from enrollment to the end of Grade 12), and refundable one time payment (from enrollment to the end of five years at the school). Parents can save up to 60 percent of tuition fees and start their child at a high quality international school.
For more information, parents can contact Admissions via hotline (028)37800909, ext: 0 or email [email protected] .