Fulbright University to offer US teaching in Vietnam

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The establishment of the Fulbright University Vietnam as the first-ever American-style non-profit private university is expected to give a boost to education co-operation between Vietnam and the US in the future. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam last week signed a decision to establish the university (FUV) based in the Ho Chi Minh City’s Hi-tech Park. The establishment received support from the US and Vietnam governments, scholars and people who hoped that FUV would help improve the quality of the Vietnamese education sector. "We don’t want FUV to be a foreign-invested project which will adopt an all-US curriculum and teaching staff. FUV stands out from FDI-modelled schools in that it receives funding from the two governments, as well as financial support from US and Vietnamese enterprises and individuals," Dam Bich Thuy, FUV President-designate, told local press. According to the plan, in the first five years, FUV will focus on building three integrated training … [Read more...]

Obama urged to meet Agent Orange victims

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The Sky News recently ran an article by Tom Rayner about the need to address the ongoing health impacts caused by Agent Orange when President Obama visits Vietnam on May 23. The US military sprayed around 12 million gallons of the toxic herbicide across the country during the war 40 years ago. It contained dioxin, one of the most poisonous chemicals ever known. In the article, Tom Rayner emphasized that campaigners want the President to visit some of the tens of thousands of people over three generations that Vietnamese authorities say are still living with the effects of exposure to the herbicide. The US government already pays compensation to American veterans and their families, for numerous health problems linked to Agent Orange exposure. But US officials have consistently denied a connection between contact with the defoliant and similar health issues experienced by people in Vietnam. The article said Sky News met one family near the city of Da Nang in which all three … [Read more...]

Vietnam, RoK to boost labor cooperation

Minister Lee Ki Kweon meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. Photo: baochinhphu.vn

PANO – Minister of Employment and Labour of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Lee Ki Kweon paid a two-day visit to Vietnam on May 16th-17th, at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart, Dao Ngoc Dung, to boost bilateral labor cooperation. At the meeting, the two ministers compared notes on cooperation in: sending and receiving Vietnamese laborers to the RoK and Korean technical specialists to Vietnam; support for Vietnam to develop a job information system; labor safety and other issues of mutual concern. The two ministers agreed on measures to check illegal Vietnamese guest workers to the RoK. They officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on sending Vietnamese laborers to work in the RoK under the Employment Permit System of the RoK. The MoU will open more opportunities for Vietnamese laborers who wish to work in the RoK.Translated by Chung Anh … [Read more...]

Deputy PM visits Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Supreme Patriarch

Hanoi, May 18 (VNA) - Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam on May 18 paid a courtesy visit to Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue, Supreme Patriarch of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) on the occasion of the Buddha’s Birthday Festival 2016. On behalf of the Party and the State, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam wished Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue, dignitaries and all monks and followers of the VBS to be full of health. Placing emphasis on the VBS’s close-knit unity with the nation, the Deputy PM hoped that Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue would continue leading the VBS to accomplish all its missions and make positive contributions to the country’s general development as well as the spiritual life of people. Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue expressed his pleasure at welcoming the Deputy PM and affirmed the VBS would continue standing shoulder to shoulder with the nation, bringing happiness and prosperity to the country and actively taking part in the construction and protection of the … [Read more...]

Vietnam and RoK step up labor cooperation

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (R) welcomes RoK Minister of Employment and Labour Lee Ki-kweon (Source: VNA)

(VOVworld) – Vietnam and the Republic of Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to resume the reception of Vietnamese laborers to work in the Republic of Korea (RoK) under the Employment Permit System (EPS). At a reception in Hanoi on Tuesday for the Republic of Korea’s Minister of Employment and Labour Lee Ki-kweon, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam asked the Republic of Korea to help Vietnam manage its workers in the Republic of Korea. He said the Vietnamese government will continue to create favorable conditions for Korean citizens and investors to live and do business in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Fulbright University Vietnam to open this year

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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has given an investment certificate to establish Fulbright University Vietnam, the first private, non-profit university in the country. Chairman of the Trust for University Innovation in Vietnam Thomas Vallely received the certificate The project's estimated cost is USD70, of which 28.5 percent is funded by the US government. The Trust for University Innovation in Vietnam registered to locate the educational institute in HCM City and called for funding as Fulbright University Vietnam will not have controlling shareholders. Instead, its fund will come from annual financial support from the US government and sponsored by individual and organisations in both US and Vietnam. The university will be managed by a board of trustees and the profits will be used to upgrade and maintain its operation. The earliest recruitment is expected to be started by the end of 2016. Training courses and research activities will include management and public policies, … [Read more...]

Fulbright University Vietnam licensed

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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has signed a license to establish the Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV), to be located in the Ho Chi Minh City Hi-Tech Park. The FUV is a non-profit foreign invested educational institution under the State management of the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam professionally and the Ho Chi Minh City municipal People’s Committee territorially. The university is built on the capital and human resources of the US’ Fulbright University with a US$70 million investment, including US$5.3 million for the first phase in 2016, US$20 million for the second phase (2017-2020) and US$44.7 million for the third phase (2020-2030). The Trust for University Innovation in Vietnam (TUIV), a non-profitable organisation, has registered to establish the FUV, thus it will not be governed by shareholders or by other private education institutions in Vietnam. The TUIV has mobilised capital for the project from funds by the US Government, … [Read more...]

Vietnam-RoK labour MoU helps boost bilateral ties

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (R) welcomes RoK Minister of Employment and Labour Lee Ki-kweon.

The signing of the regular Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to resume the reception of Vietnamese labourers to work in the Republic of Korea (RoK) under the Employment Permit System (EPS) will help step up the two countries’ ties, particularly in the labour field. The statement was made by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam during his reception in Hanoi on May 17 for RoK Minister of Employment and Labour Lee Ki-kweon. Dam suggested the two sides maintain close coordination in implementing measures to reduce the number of illegal Vietnamese guest workers in the RoK, including the provision of information about labourers whose work contracts have expired. He asked the RoK side to help Vietnam in managing its workers in the RoK. The Vietnamese Government will always create all favourable conditions for Korean citizens and investors to live and do business in Vietnam, he confirmed. The Korean minister stated that Vietnamese workers are well adaptive to the working … [Read more...]

VN-RoK MoU on labor reception hailed

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam (R) and RoK Minister of Employment and Labor Lee Ki-kweon, Ha Noi, May 17, 2016 - Photo: VGP/Dinh Nam

VGP – Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam hailed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to resume the reception of Vietnamese laborers to work in the Republic of Korea (RoK) under the Employment Permit System (EPS). Deputy PM Dam on May 17 hosted a reception for RoK Minister of Employment and Labor Lee Ki-kweon. Mr. Dam hoped that the MoU would contribute to promote the fine bilateral ties and strengthen cooperation in labor. He called on competent agencies of the two countries to work closely and conduct necessary measures to reduce the number of illegal Vietnamese guest workers in the RoK, including the provision of information about laborers whose work contracts have expired. The Vietnamese Government, affirmed the Deputy PM, always attaches importance to and creates favorable ways for Korean citizens and investors to live and do business in Viet Nam. The Korean minister stated that Vietnamese workers are well adaptive to the working environment in the RoK. The signing … [Read more...]

Vietnam licenses Fulbright University, first US non-profit school

The US government-funded Fulbright University Vietnam has secured the final license for its operation, officially becoming the country's first private non-profit university. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam signed the license for the Ho Chi Minh City-based school on Monday, the government's office has reported. First announced in 2013, the school project is estimated to cost around US$70 million, of which 28.5 percent is funded by the US government. The Cambridge-headquartered Trust for University Innovation (TUIV) in Vietnam, which executes the project in cooperation with the US Department of State, is expected to raise funds from Vietnamese and US sponsors. According to the plans, the school will open at the end of this year, providing programs in public policy and administration besides science and technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. The school is expected to promote academic freedom in Vietnam and help train the next generation of leaders and scientists. … [Read more...]

Press digest – May 16

Party chief receives Lao Prime Minister Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong hosted a reception for Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith in Ha Noi on May 16. The Party chief warmly welcomed the Lao high-level government delegation’s visit to Viet Nam and underlined its significance to deepening the traditional friendship, special solidarity and all-around cooperation between the two countries. He congratulated Laos on its remarkable, historical and comprehensive achievements gained over the past 30 years of renovation as well as the successful organization of the 10th Congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and elections of deputies to the 8th National Assembly. Russia regards VN as a priority partner in Asia-Pacific Russia considers Viet Nam a priority partner in Asia-Pacific, affirmed Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev while holding talks with PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Moscow on Monday. Meanwhile PM Phuc reiterated that Viet Nam always attaches importance … [Read more...]

VN ensures basic children rights

VGP – Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam has assigned relevant ministries to work to ensure that basic rights of children born to families of Vietnamese women and foreigners are observed when returning to Viet Nam. The Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MoLISA) takes the prime responsibility and works with the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to implement the decision. The decision was made in response to the news that said hundreds of kids of Vietnamese mother-foreign father families faced difficulties in going through administrative procedures relating to school recruitment and medical care on their return. Many of the children have foreign birth certificates. Earlier, the MOLISA asked the People’s Committees concerned in the case to report on the situation./. By Kim Loan … [Read more...]

RoK to resume normal reception of Vietnamese labourers in 2017

Hanoi, May 16 (VNA) – The Republic of Korea (RoK)’s Ministry of Employment and Labour (MoEL) said on May 15 that it would re-sign the normal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to resume the reception of Vietnamese labourers to work in the RoK under the Employment Permit System in 2017. The MoEL suspended the MoU in 2012 due to the high rate of illegal Vietnamese workers in the RoK. The ministry then signed a one-year MoU allowing the recruitment of a limited number of labourers. According to the MoEL, the MoU will be signed during MoEL Minister Lee Ki-kweon’s visit to Vietnam on May 17. The ministry said the decision comes after RoK enterprises employing foreign labourers asked the RoK Government to re-sign the MoU, saying that Vietnamese labourers adapt well to new working environments and quickly acquire skills. In addition, Vietnam has also put forth a plan to improve the management of its guest workers and curb the number of Vietnamese overstaying their … [Read more...]

South Korea to resume normal reception of Vietnamese labourers in 2017

Vietnamese workers go through procedures before flying to work in the Republic of Korea.

The Republic of Korea (RoK)’s Ministry of Employment and Labour (MoEL) said on May 15 that it would re-sign the normal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to resume the reception of Vietnamese labourers to work in the RoK under the Employment Permit System in 2017. The MoEL suspended the MoU in 2012 due to the high rate of illegal Vietnamese workers in the RoK. The ministry then signed a one-year MoU allowing the recruitment of a limited number of labourers. According to the MoEL, the MoU will be signed during MoEL Minister Lee Ki-kweon’s visit to Vietnam on May 17. The ministry said the decision comes after RoK enterprises employing foreign labourers asked the RoK Government to re-sign the MoU, saying that Vietnamese labourers adapt well to new working environments and quickly acquire skills. In addition, Vietnam has also put forth a plan to improve the management of its guest workers and curb the number of Vietnamese overstaying their visas in the RoK. Minister … [Read more...]

Europe Days 2016 celebrated in Vietnam

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The Hanoitimes - On May 9, the European Union in Viet Nam organized a ceremony to celebrate the Europe Days 2016. Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam, leaders from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and heads of international organizations participated in the event. The EU-Viet Nam relationship has gained remarkable achievements across economics, politics and cultural exchanges over recent years, said Ambassador of the European Union to Viet Nam and ‎the EU Delegation to Viet Nam Bruno Angelet. The assistance and support from members and agencies under the EU have presented at almost all provinces and cities in Viet Nam in such areas as public management, health care, education, justice, agriculture and infrastructure. The EU has been the largest trade partner, investor and non-refundable aid provider for Viet Nam, he said, adding that thanks to the maintenance of high-ranking delegations and the expansion of cooperative areas, the relations between Viet Nam and the EU in general and … [Read more...]

Civil-military medical centres efficient at border, islands

Hanoi, May 10 (VNA) – The civil-military health centres have significantly helped improve health service at border areas and islands and should be maintained in the coming time, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has said. He made the statement at the fifth teleconference reviewing the national civil-military medical programme in 2005-2015, held by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence (MoD), in Hanoi on May 10. The Deputy PM affirmed the important role of the programme in nursing the residents, officials and soldiers in strategic areas in terms of defence-security, especially remote, border, island and economically underdeveloped areas. He also noted the need to make adjustments to the programme to suit the new situation, asking the MoH and MoD to closely work and draw up plans to further reinforce the grassroots health service in border areas and on islands. Besides investing in facilities, Dam said special attention should be given to … [Read more...]

Startups register businesses in Singapore, why?

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VietNamNet Bridge - Many Vietnamese startups are registering their business in Singapore instead of Vietnam. Three years ago, Nguyen Hoang Trung, born in 1992, dropped out of KAIST in South Korea and teamed up with his friends to develop Lozi, a social network which shares information about fashion, places for the youth to eat and aesthetic services. Lozi has 4 million hits every month, while Lozi’s apps have 600,000 downloads. In late 2015, Lozi received a big investment sum from Golden Gate Ventures from Singapore and DesignOne from Japan. Before receiving the investments, Lozi was valued at $2 million. Analysts commented that the 7-digit investment is rarely offered to young businesses like Lozi. Many Vietnamese startups are registering their business in Singapore instead of Vietnam. Lozi is not alone. Analysts saidthere is a strong movement of Vietnamese choosing Singapore as the place for them to start up their business. Nguyen Huu Tuat, CEO of mPos Vietnam, said mPos … [Read more...]

Celebration of Europe Day in Vietnam

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, officials from Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ambassadors, and representatives of international organizations attended the ceremoney.    (Photo: VGP)

(VOVworld) – A delegation from the European Union (EU) held a ceremony on Monday to celebrate Europe Day in Vietnam. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, officials from Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ambassadors, and representatives of international organizations attended. Ambassador Bruno Angelet, Head of the Delegation of the EU to Vietnam, said EU-Vietnam relations have made strong progress in several areas, including economics, politics, and cultural exchange. EU countries and organizations have supported Vietnam in public management, health, the judiciary, agriculture, and infrastructure. The EU is Vietnam’s biggest trading partner, investor, and non-refundable aid provider. By maintaining dialogues, exchanging high-level delegations, and expanding cooperative areas, Vietnam’s relations with the EU and each EU country have made progress. The Europe Day ceremony is part of a month-long "European Days 2016", which will continue in Hanoi, Da Nang, and … [Read more...]

5th National Military-Civil Medical Conference opens

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(VOVworld) – The 5th National Military-Civil Medical Conference opened in Hanoi on Tuesday. In his address, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam called for greater investment in medical facilities and equipment and improved training for medical personnel. He praised the results of a program to provide medical check-ups and treatment for people and soldiers during the last 10 years. Mr. Dam asked the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Health to strengthen grassroots medical centers in border and island areas: "The healthcare system in the border and island areas should be strengthened in terms of infrastructure, equipment, and personnel. Training for local ethnic minorities to become military doctors should also be considered." … [Read more...]

Europe Days 2016: Diversity and inclusion

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Foreign Ministry officials and ambassadors at a ceremony to mark Europe Days in Vietnam (Photo: VGP)

(VOVworld)- The first events of Europe Days 2016 are underway in Hanoi. The month-long program of culture, arts, sports, science and technology activities brings Vietnamese audiences closer to European people, culture and lifestyles. The program, jointly organized by the Delegation of the European Union (EU), the Embassies of EU members and several European cultural institutes, takes place in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. A concert called "Europe Meets Asia in Jazz" was performed at Hanoi’s Opera House on Monday and Tuesday and will move to Ho Chi Minh city’s Opera House on Wednesday. Internationally renowned German jazz singer Michael Schiefel is performing with Vietnamese and European artists in Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh City audiences will be treated to Mozart’s the Magic Flute, staged in the original German for the first time in Vietnam. The annual European Film Festival is being held from Friday to Sunday in Hanoi, from Saturday to Monday in Danang and from … [Read more...]