Universities face shortage of students

Nguyen The Quynh wins gold again at International Physics Olympiad.  Nguyen The Quynh was born into a disadvantaged family. His father died when he was very young, and his mother had to work hard to raise Quynh and his brother.  Realizing his mother’s hardship, Quynh was determined to study. Admitted to both Advanced Mathematics and Physics classes at Vo Nguyen Giap Gifted High School, Quynh decided he would study physics with the aim of becoming a scientist.  He did a lot of self-directed study, took part in competitions, and won several prizes.  Quynh’s mother, Tran Thi Vi Hanh, said “Despite financial difficulties, I did my best to support my sons’ study. Quynh is self-reliant and proactive in his study”. When asked about his study habits, Quynh said they were no different from those of his friends. He just studies what he likes, sets a reasonable schedule, and does not put too much pressure on himself. He said it’s important to understand thoroughly whatever you are studying.  “I listen attentively to teachers in class. At home, I focus on what I am most interested in, and I think that’s more effective. My mother told me that the only way to develop is education. So, I try to study hard to reach my goals”, said Quynh. After winning his second gold medal at the International Physics Olympiad, Quynh said he plans to take the entrance exam for the Gifted Physics Program…... [read more]

Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh (centre, front) co-chairs the meeting (Source: VNA)   Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and Indonesia discussed specific measures to advance their friendship and multi-faceted cooperation during the seventh meeting of the joint committee on economic, scientific and technological cooperation in Hanoi on August 12. Accordingly, they will prioritise collaboration in trade, industry, energy, natural resources, minerals, investment, agriculture, forestry, fishery, transport, construction, education, culture, tourism, finance, banking, information and communications. Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh said the two sides also agreed to increase the exchange of delegations, information and experience in management and development, while working together to build new cooperation frameworks in various realms. Besides, they will tighten cooperation to remove difficulties hindering the bilateral ties and encourage connectivity between their private economic sectors in order to fully tap their potential. Minister Tuan Anh and Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita signed the minutes of the meeting. According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Asia-Pacific Department, Indonesia is the world’s 16th largest economy and the largest market in Southeast Asia. Despite global and regional economic uncertainties over the past time, trade between Vietnam and Indonesia has made significant strides, the department said. Indonesia is Vietnam’s fourth largest trade partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with two-way trade expanding from 4.6 billion USD in 2012 to 5.6 billion USD in 2016,…... [read more]

The central province of Quang Nam plans to restore a 80ha forest as habitat for a herd of gray-shanked douc langurs living in Dong Co Village, Tam My Tay Commune. A gray-shanked douc langur (pygathrix cinerea) in central Viet Nam. Quang Nam Province plans to restore a 80ha forest to protect a herd of 50 gray-shanked douc langurs in Nui Thanh District.  Huynh Tan Duc, director of the provincial Agriculture and Rural Development, said the forest area in question had been allocated for acacia – one of the most profitable woods in the central region, but this stole the endangered langurs’ natural habitat. He said the langurs now live in a 5ha primary forest, and face being hunted by locals as well as poachers. “We will replant some indigenous species to provide food for the primates. A large area of forest will be restored from the commune to the riverhead of Phú Ninh, Bắc Trà My and Tiên Phước districts in the province,” Đức said, adding that the forest area will help connect with primary forests in neighbouring Quảng Ngãi Province. “The department will collaborate with local administrations and rangers to hold more patrol and protection of the langurs, and communications for local residents on the importance of the langurs,” he said. The department will survey the langurs and their habitat in order to create a safe shelter for them in a 4,000ha forest in Tam Trà Commune, Núi Thành District, he added. Trần Hữu Vỹ, director of the Centre…... [read more]

For the last 17 years, a special school in HCM City’s District 7 has been providing a priceless service to children of poor migrant workers struggling to eke out a living. A retired teacher at a special school in District 7 for children of poor migrants.  Every year, this school, set up under a small project called Cầu Hàn which enrolls about 60 poor children whose parents do not have enough money to send them to school. For two hours a day, Monday to Friday, these children, mostly from the district’s Tan Thanh Tay, Tan Quy and Tan Kieng wards, are taught by retired teachers. A small house with two “classrooms” and a living room serves as a makeshift school for students from first to fifth grade. “Most of the students are not good at learning, so they have to go to class from the beginning of August instead of September to revise lessons,” Do Ngoc Tuyet, 62, a retired teacher, told the Youth newspaper. Besides lessons following the curricula set by the Ministry of Education and Training, the students also learn about traffic safety, children’s rights, violence, abuse, HIV prevention and human trafficking. “Their parents are so busy with their work all day, because most of them are migrant workers and do not have time to take care their children, so we also have to teach them skills to protect themselves,” said project manager Huynh Kim Tien. Because their parents are always away, the children have to fend for…... [read more]

On August 10, 2017, the Food Safety and Inspection Service published in the Federal Register a notice announcing an educational meeting to discuss the new mandatory catfish program. The Final Rule, titled ‘Mandatory Inspection of Fish of the Order Siluriformes and Products Derived from Such Fish,’ went into effect as of August 2, 2017, to abide with direction from the US Congress. In line with those instructions, all shipments of imported Siluriformes fish and fish products entering the US must be presented at an Official Import Inspection Establishment for reinspection by FSIS personnel. Fish of the order Siluriformes include fish of several families including catfish (fish of the family Ictaluridae), basa, tra, and swai (fish of the family Pangasiidae), and clarias (fish of the Clariidae family). FSIS will present information on the upcoming full implementation of the regulatory requirements at official domestic establishments that process Siluriformes fish and fish products, as well as information on entry procedures and reinspection at official import inspection establishments. FSIS is particularly interested in soliciting participation from representatives from US domestic wild-caught operations that process Siluriformes fish and fish products. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Memphis Airport and Convention Centre in Memphis, TN, on Thursday, August 24, 2017; 9 am– 3pm CT. Source VOV ... [read more]

The Vietnamese delegation also gained the third position in the competition. Students Duong Phuc Quang and To Huynh Phuc of Tran Dai Nghia High School for the Gifted in Ho Chi Minh City earned two bronze medals. 7 bronze mdeals went to Pham Quang Minh, Nguyen Khac Hong Hai, Ho Vu Minh Khang, Nguyen Hoang Phuc, Truong Cong Huy Hoang, Le Nguyen Bao Huy of Tran Dai Nghia High School for the Gifted; and Nguyen Cao Minh of Nguyen Hue Secondary School in HCM City. The Vietnamese team with 12 primary school students whose were chosen from 1,266 students in the city participated in the competition for the second time. The World Mathematical Olympiad (WMO) is the International Championship for Elementary and Middle School students aged 8-11 years old and is held annually in a different country. The first WMO was held in 2009 and has been organized in 30 cities in 10 countries around the world with the participation of thousands students. WMO breaks the traditional format of math competitions by challenging contestants to apply innovative methods to solve problems using creativity, teamwork, and intuition. The competition integrates science, technology, engineering, and the liberal arts, inspiring students’ natural curiosity to connect with their world. By NGUYEN PHUC – Translated by Kim Khanh... [read more]

Handing over certificates of merit and awards to outstanding mathematical works  The awards worth nearly VND 10 billion were handed over by the national key program on mathematical development in the 2010-2020 period, in presence of Professor Tran Van Nhung, General Secretary of the State Council for Professor Title, Deputy Head of the program’s steering committee; Professor Ngo Bao Chau; representatives of Ministry of Education and Training. This is the fifth year that tinternationally published mathematical projects have been awarded, and universities and high schools students excellent at math have been presented with scholarships. Since 2012, over VND 10 billion has been awarded to 356 math projects by 742 authors, with a reward of from VND 17.25 million to 30.25 million per project. Meanwhile, nearly VND 33.8 billion worth scholarships have been granted to 1,517 students with good mathematical records have received scholarships, worth VND 7.35 million to 8.05 million each, totalling nearly VND 33.8 billion. Over the past years, these scholarships encouraged high school and university students to well study math, and at the same time helped disadvantaged students with high academic records to overcome difficulties and continue their study.  The talk themed "The Industrial Revolution No. 3,141592654..." During the awarding ceremony, a talk themed “The Industrial Revolution No. 3,141592654 ...” was held with the participation of Prof. Ngo Bao Chau, Chairman of FPT Corporation Truong Gia Binh, Asso. Prof. Phan Toan Thang  and Prof.…... [read more]

Accordingly, they will prioritise collaboration in trade, industry, energy, natural resources, minerals, investment, agriculture, forestry, fishery, transport, construction, education, culture, tourism, finance, banking, information and communications. Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh chairing the meeting in Hanoi on August 12  Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh said the two sides also agreed to increase the exchange of delegations, information and experience in management and development, while working together to build new cooperation frameworks in various realms. Besides, they will tighten cooperation to remove difficulties hindering the bilateral ties and encourage connectivity between their private economic sectors in order to fully tap their potential. Minister Tuan Anh and Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita signed the minutes of the meeting. According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Asia-Pacific Department, Indonesia is the world’s 16th largest economy and the largest market in Southeast Asia. Despite global and regional economic uncertainties over the past time, trade between Vietnam and Indonesia has made significant strides, the department said. Indonesia is Vietnam’s fourth largest trade partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with two-way trade expanding from 4.6 billion USD in 2012 to 5.6 billion USD in 2016, and an annual average growth rate of about 5 percent. In 2016, export and import revenues between the two countries reached 2.6 billion USD and 3 billion USD, respectively. Bilateral collaboration in other fields like agriculture, investment,…... [read more]

What lies ahead for Saigon’s once-feared slum? A long overdue development project has left residents in one of the city’s biggest slums in limbo for the past 17 years. Rumor of banker's arrest wipes $2bln off Vietnam stock market The government has stepped in to quell investor fears, saying false rumors sparked the crash.  One in 10 Vietnamese drug addicts living in Saigon The country's biggest city also accounts for 16 percent of new HIV cases reported nationwide. Vietnamese American man nicked for suspected car theft in southern Vietnam A group of vigilantes chased the man down when they spotted him driving the stolen vehicle. Saigon forecast to become Asia’s second fastest growing economy by 2021: report Vietnam’s southern metropolis is on track to achieve 8 percent annual growth over the next five years. Vietnam wins US defense pledges; American aircraft carrier to visit next year It is believed to be the first visit by a U.S. aircraft carrier since the Vietnam War ended in 1975. The man behind Saigon's sidewalk cleanup campaign returns to the streets 'The wards didn't take the task seriously and allowed the sidewalks to be retaken, so I have returned to deal with it.' Vietnam officials flummoxed by Russian beggar on popular tourist island Phu Quoc authorities want more power to deal with foreigners who beg, disrupt public order, cause traffic accidents and street fights.  Saigon’s food waste piles up to alarming levels Vietnam's street food heaven has trouble finding space to dump organic waste,…... [read more]

Speaking at the 2017 M&A Forum organised in HCM City on August 10 by the Vietnam Investment Review, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said the Special Administrative Economic Zone Law is expected to create a proper legal framework for the three zones in Van Don (Quang Ninh Province), Van Phong (Khanh Hoa Province) and Phu Quoc (Kien Giang). It aims to create a new development model with breakthrough policies and mechanisms meant to improve the investment environment and make Vietnam competitive in attracting investment. The zones will only have an administrative committee and no people’s council, and the people’s council’s role related to legislation and inspection would be taken over by provincial authorities, he said. “To effectively operate these special zones, we should remove unnecessary and inappropriate levels of special economic zones,” the minister said. The ministry has also proposed increasing the maximum land lease tenure to 99 years from the current 50-75, and allowing the zones to have casinos. Dung said the zones have been established to develop certain strategic industries based on their geographic conditions. For instance, Van Phong is the best place to develop a transit port in Vietnam and can develop logistics while Van Don has great potential in healthcare, education and biology, he said. All three would welcome industries with high value-addition, which would be identified for investment and announced soon, he said. The bill would be tabled in the…... [read more]




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