American private university Fulbright will teach Marxism-Leninism in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Thi Thanh Loan is an expert in the martial art of Aikido. For more than a decade she has held classes for disabled kids in HCM City, bringing hope and friendship to often lonely youngsters.  Lesson in optimism: Aikido martial arts instructor Nguyen Thi Thanh Loan in a class in HCM City. — Photos: Xuan Du/VNS Nguyen Thi Thanh Loan, born in 1947 in the southern province of Long An, started learning Aikido – a modern Japanese martial art, when she was 11. Almost ten years later, she became one of the two first Vietnamese women to earn the internationally-recognised Shodan black belt. She has trained generations of Aikido learners in Viet Nam, especially children. In the last 12 years, she has become better known as a martial arts instructor of children with disabilities in HCM City.  Loan said that the first Aikido class for children with disabilities was opened at the Ky Dong Swimming Club in HCM City’s District 3 in 2005 when the city’s Sports Department established the Martial Arts Association for people with disabilities. There were about 20 visually impaired children in the Aikido class. “It was a new challenge for me at that time because teaching Aikido to normal children is difficult but it is more difficult to teach those with disabilities,” she said. “I was very nervous when I was in charge and teaching the children,” she said, adding that she was most concerned about how to teach the children while…... [read more]

Liberal arts education has flexible training curricula, encourages interdisciplinary subjects, provides in-depth knowledge and helps students develop skills to adapt to various working environment. (Source: ​Business Insider)   HCM City (VNA) – Core ideas of the US liberal arts education, which promotes students’ independent brainwave and creates foundation for students to develop communication and study skills, were introduced at a workshop held by the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO) on August 4. The event showed Vietnam-US relations from education angle, HUFO Chairman Huynh Minh Thien said in his remarks at the event, highlighting that education plays a significant role in the bilateral relations. The Vietnam-US Friendship Association has served as an effective bridge to encourage the excellent quality of the US and Vietnamese education models, he added. Lauded the association’s efforts to promote cultural and education links between the two countries, US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Mary Tarnowka said that the US is proud to be a partner of Vietnam in education development and improvement process. She underlined that education has been among top priorities of the US diplomatic mission in Vietnam in efforts to support projects on improving Vietnamese youths’ studying opportunities so that they can enter a competitive global market environment which requires high-quality workforce. At the event, Professor Vu Duc Vuong from Hoa Sen University, PhD Tran Xuan Thao from Van Lang University, President of Fulbright University Vietnam Dam Bich Thuy and Adafin CEO…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Anti-retroviral (ARV) therapy and methadone maintenance therapy are expected to be offered at more health facilities in Viet Nam to achieve the UN’s 90-90-90 goals by 2020, according to the Viet Nam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control. Participants at a three-day national conference in HCM City are discussing the best treatment models for substance-use disorders and HIV infections. —  Photo: VNS “The integration (of ARV and methadone maintenance therapies) will be expanded in the country as many provinces and cities have had good results from the pilot programmes on integrated treatment,” said Dr Pham Duc Manh, deputy director of Viet Nam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC). Manh spoke at a three-day national conference on treatment of substance-use disorders and HIV, which began on Thursday in HCM City. The UN goals aim to have at least 90 per cent of all people with HIV know their status and 90 per cent receive sustained ARV therapy. The goals also call for 90 per cent of all people receiving ARV therapy to be eventually diagnosed with viral suppression.  To help reduce the number of staff and costs at health centres, Manh said that addicts living with HIV should have access to ARV therapy and methadone maintenance therapy at the same health facility. Prostitutes and MSM (men who have sex with men), and other groups at a high-risk of HIV transmission, could also benefit from integrated treatment. At least 34 per cent of the country’s drug users are infected with HIV, according…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Education and Training has approved a new general education programme, focused on reducing the number of subjects and periods. The Ministry of Education and Training has approved a new General Education Programme with focus on reducing the number of subjects and periods. — VNA/VNS Photo Subjects are divided into two types - optional and compulsory subjects and activities - different from a draft programme published months ago. At primary school, compulsory subjects and activities include maths, Vietnamese, foreign languages (grade 3, 4 and 5), ethics, nature and society (grade 1, 2, 3), science, history and geography, computers and technology (grade 4, 5), physical education, arts and experience activities. Compared to the draft, time for ethics has been cut by half for grade 1, 2 and 3, while the number of computer and technology periods has been slashed by half to 70 periods a year. According to the programme, each school day is broke into no more than seven periods. Each period lasts from 35 to 40 minutes with breaks between periods. Secondary school subjects include literature, maths, foreign language 1, civic education, history and geography, natural sciences, computers, technology, physical education, arts and experience activities. Civic education periods for grade 8 and 9 have been cut from 52.5 periods per year to 35 periods per year. The number of technology periods was reduced from 52.5 periods per year to 35 periods per year at grade 6 and 7 and from 70 periods per year…... [read more]

Harvesting coffee in Dak Lak (Source: VNA)   Dak Lak (VNA) – The Central Highlands province of Dak Lak has attracted many official development assistance (ODA) and foreign direct investment (FDI) projects as well as non-governmental assistance, including funds from the Republic of Korea (RoK). The provincial Department of Planning and Investment reported that Dak Lak now houses three ODA projects valued at a total 12.5 million USD funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency. Two other projects worth 47.3 million USD cover food, cosmetics and medicine production and solar power. Dak Lak recently held an investment promotion seminar in the RoK’s Joellabuk province with more than 40 businesses participating. During the seminar, Solarpark Global I&D of the RoK inked a memorandum of understanding with Dak Lak on a solar power project, and asked for the province’s licence to carry out another project worth 45 million USD. RoK firms have also invested in education, water supply and waste collection and treatment in Dak Lak. Such projects have helped the locality improve its infrastructure and reduce poverty, especially in remote, far-flung and ethnic minority-inhabited areas. The province wants RoK investments in high-tech agriculture, with priority given to projects in Ea Kpam commune and Ea Pok town in Cu Mgar district, and Ea Tu and Hoa Xuan communes in Buon Ma Thuot city. In the first six months of this year, Dak Lak lured 29 investment…... [read more]

Will Smith gate-crashing a wedding party or John Legend and Alicia Keys serenading a woman at a launderette are just some of the reasons Apple Inc hopes viewers will pay for Apple Music as it launches new show "Carpool Karaoke: The Series." Talk show host James Corden (L) and LeBron James are shown during the taping of a new episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series, available on Apple Music beginning August 8, 2017, in this undated handout photo provided August 3, 2017.  Following the June launch of "Planet of the Apps," Apple's second premium video series will debut on Aug. 8, with hopes that a recognizable show and slew of A-list celebrities will help the world's largest technology company stand out in a saturated television market. "It's about the artist and the songs that are being sung, just to get a little behind-the-scenes of their personalities and some of their thoughts," Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of internet software and services, told Reuters. "It fits very, very nicely within Apple Music," he added. Apple's "Carpool Karaoke" is based on the popular segment from CBS' "The Late, Late Show with James Corden," in which Corden joins guests such as Adele in sing-a-longs while driving. Apple Music, which costs $9.99 a month for an individual membership and has 27 million subscribers, will release two "Carpool" episodes weekly except for the premiere and finale, released as standalone episodes, of the 20-part series. Apple's deep pockets piqued Hollywood's attention as it entered the…... [read more]

The Committees for Foreign Affairs of the National Assemblies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (CLV) have pledged to strengthen coordination to increase the role of the legislatures in implementing agreements and development initiatives signed by the three countries’ governments based on the trilateral traditional friendship and cooperation. The Committees for Foreign Affairs of the National Assemblies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (CLV) sign a joint declaration pledging to strengthen coordination The trio signed a joint declaration in the field at their sixth meeting which wrapped up in Vientiane, Laos, on August 3. During the two-day event, delegates discussed policies and laws relating to illegal travelling, migration, and marriage of citizens in the CLV Development Triangle Area, as well as measures to promote peace, security and development in the region. They exchanged their views on stepping up coordination to prevent drug and human trafficking, cross-border crimes and terrorism, and scrutinise explosives left over from war in the CLV Development Triangle. Participants also talked about the sustainable use, management and protection of water resources and natural resources in the Mekong River, along with measures to cope with climate change and ensure effective water and geological management in each nation. They welcomed the joint declaration which includes several contents of the eighth Summit of the CLV Development Triangle Area held in Vientiane, Laos, in 2014, and the ninth Summit of the CLV Development Triangle Area in Seam Reap, Cambodia, in 2016, and other meetings between the three countries. The three sides recognised the…... [read more]

Illustrative image (Source: ASEAN SAS) Hanoi (VNA) – The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) has played a significant role in building the ASEAN Community, which was born on December 31, 2015.  With the support of the ASCC, the ASEAN Community has achieved encouraging results in implementing the ASEAN Vision 2025 and the 2030 United Nations Agenda on Sustainable Development. The ASCC has prioritised education and training, exchange of students and young leaders, scholarship facilitation, workforce training, regional vocational competitions, sustainable job creation and improvement of civil services. In Vietnam, demand for skilled workers and technicians surged 28 percent and 13 percent, respectively, after the ASEAN Community was formed. Via the implementation of the ASEAN integration initiatives and the ASEAN Framework on Fair Economic Development, ASEAN 6 together with partner countries and international organisations are assisting Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam in more than 200 projects. As a result, the poverty rate in each ASEAN nation has fallen while the rate of middle class people has increased six-fold over the past decade. The ASCC has facilitated socio-cultural development in the bloc, from education, health care, social welfares, environment to responding to disasters and diseases. This year, the ASCC will promote sustainable job generation, respond to disasters in and outside the region and continue carrying out the ASEAN Communication Master Plan. At the same time, it will promote social equality and incorporate citizens’ rights into policies. The grouping…... [read more]

Vientiane, August 3 (VNA) – The Committees for Foreign Affairs of the National Assemblies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (CLV) have pledged to strengthen coordination to increase the role of the legislatures in implementing agreements and development initiatives signed by the three countries’ governments based on the trilateral traditional friendship and cooperation.  The trio signed a joint declaration in the field at their sixth meeting which wrapped up in Vientiane, Laos, on August 3.  During the two-day event, delegates discussed policies and laws relating to illegal travelling, migration, and marriage of citizens in the CLV Development Triangle Area, as well as measures to promote peace, security and development in the region.  They exchanged their views on stepping up coordination to prevent drug and human trafficking, cross-border crimes and terrorism, and scrutinise explosives left over from war in the CLV Development Triangle.  Participants also talked about the sustainable use, management and protection of water resources and natural resources in the Mekong River, along with measures to cope with climate change and ensure effective water and geological management in each nation.  They welcomed the joint declaration which includes several contents of the eighth Summit of the CLV Development Triangle Area held in Vientiane, Laos, in 2014, and the ninth Summit of the CLV Development Triangle Area in Seam Reap, Cambodia, in 2016, and other meetings between the three countries.  The three sides recognised the efforts of the joint coordination committee in building an action…... [read more]

While vowing to continue removing all business roadblocks and facilitate private enterprises to further engage in existing state-controlled economic sectors, the government has reaffirmed its set target of 6.7 per cent GDP growth this year. Reacting to positive developments in the private sector, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc reaffirmed the growth target for the year RELATED CONTENTS: CEO Confidence Index below expectations Second Vietnam Private Sector Forum to take place tomorrow Calls for 6 more countries to access visa exemptions Tourism forum to raise issues of concern On August 3, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc reaffirmed the government cabinet meeting that the government will remove all impediments and prejudice against private firms and that “All efforts must be made to hit the target of 6.7 per cent this year.” The government estimated that the agricultural, industrial-construction, and commercial-services sectors are expected to grow by 3.05, 7.91, and 7.19 per cent, respectively, in 2017. “The Vietnamese investment climate has been significantly improved and investors and enterprises are more confident,” Phuc added. At the the second Vietnam Private Sector Forum 2017 in Hanoi earlier this week, chaired by the prime minister and attended by representatives of about 1,000 private firms in Vietnam, an on-site survey was conducted about firms’ confidence in Vietnam’s economic prospects. Results showed…... [read more]




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