Quitting her job as receptionist, joining rock bands and chancing her tattoo-sleeved arm at small business ventures would once have branded college graduate Ding Jia as a rebel in China. Now she can claim state endorsement as a "creative". "I haven't had a formal job in years," said Ding, 31, sitting in her tiny coffee and cocktails bar on a trendy Shanghai street. She has no regrets, but no illusions either. "Entrepreneurship can be a really hard experience," she said. "Profits can be so thin." In the week she spoke to Reuters, she and dozens of nearby businesses were forced to close temporarily by city officials on a regular sortie to enforce regulations. While most parents might warn their children off high-risk, low-reward self-employment, preferring jobs in government or state-owned enterprises, Ding says her Shanghai nurse mother and cab driver father were supportive. That attitude finds an echo in high places; recent graduates who start their own businesses are being … [Read more...] about Beijing promotes low-paid college grads to startup CEOs
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According to IBM 50% of their remote workers are more productive than their office-bound counterparts! In the past two decades, the working habits of people have changed dramatically compared to the habits of workers who came before them. Just to mention one of these habits… 3 out of 5 millennials now expect to work remotely. Following this trend, teachers are now changing their teaching style. Besides offline classes, they often stay at home and instruct students online (E-learning) via different platforms. The popularity of E-learning cannot be denied. By 2014, EdX alone had at least 2.7 million users; Udacity 1.6 million; Alison 3 million; and Coursera had amassed 10 million users. Now nearly one-third of all students in higher education are taking at least one online course, and 50% of the worlds population now have online access. Being a home based online teacher, everyone can work from the comfort of their own home withflexible teaching locations and schedules. For … [Read more...] about Home-based teaching – Alternative to school?
Party says no Tet gifts for senior officers Following a newly-issued official document, signed by Le Hong Anh, Politburo member and a standing member of the secretariat, all provincial Party Committees and central-level agencies are requested to not use public funds, vehicles and property to serve individual purposes during Tet. Further, the document calls upon people to obey the Party and the Government's policies on practicing thrift and fighting waste during the lunar new year. The order also requested provincial Party Committees to not sponsor visits for Party and State leaders to wish New Year's greetings during Tet. Also, no welcoming ceremonies will be held in the headquarters of the Party's agencies during the upcoming 84th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam. Localities are asked to take drastic measures to prevent crimes and fires, while assuring that the public remains safe. Also, state agencies should arrange for workers to be on duty to provide … [Read more...] about Social Headlines January 4
Young 'mathematics poet' receives prestigious US award (15-04-2006) HCM CITY — The Mathematics department of the Courant Institute at New York University has awarded the Harold Grad Memorial Prize to Le Quang Nam and one other student out of the institute's 120 other doctorate students. The Courant Institute is a leader in pure and applied mathematics, especially in ordinary and partial differential equations. Every year, the Institute only accepts 15 students for its doctorate course. Le Quang Nam received a scholarship from Viet Nam Education Foundation to study at the Courant Institute in 2004 and became the first Vietnamese student there. At schools in Viet Nam, Nam was well known for his mathematics talent. In 1997, he won the Golden Prize in the Asia-Pacific's Mathematics Olympic competition. And as a third year student at HCM City National University, he was known as a mathematics poet, publishing the book To Search and to Study Math. Nam is an example for people because … [Read more...] about Young ‘mathematics poet’ receives prestigious US award
Nation's grads lack vocational skills (19-05-2005) HCM CITY — Although the strategies for developing the nation's education over the period 2001-10 demonstrate the Government focus on "enhancing human resource development," experts say that Viet Nam's inadequate educational system has resulted in its insufficient labour market. A labour recruiter who declined to be named said he could procure only 10 to 20 per cent of the university graduates seeking employment opportunities at annual job fairs held in HCM City. Employers said the knowledge, technical know-how and skills offered to students at Vietnamese universities were by no means up-to-date, leaving local graduates far behind the latest scientific and technological achievements of their counterparts around the world. The chairman of the Viet Nam Software Association, Truong Gia Binh, said newly recruited labourers at software companies had to spend 30 per cent of their working time during the first three to four years in … [Read more...] about Nation’s grads lack vocational skills