National senior high school exam to be well organized

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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam on May 21 morning worked with Hai Duong provincial authorities on preparations for the 2015 national senior high school (SHS) exam. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam addresses the working session Mr. Nguyen Manh Hien, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, and Mr. Nguyen Van Que, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, attended the working session. This year, 20,635 pupils in the province have registered for the exam. Of them, 60.55% will take the exam in exam groups chaired by universities, and the rest in the exam group chaired by the Provincial Department of Education and Training. There will be a total of 276 examination rooms at 12 locations in the provincial exam group with 355 invigilators and supervisors, 44 of them are from Bac Giang Agriculture and Forestry University (the coordinating unit). There will be a total of 120 examiners (3 from the coordinating unit). To … [Read more...]

Grasping Opportunities of Global Sustainable Development Trends

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Vietnam needs to take advantage of every opportunity that global sustainable development trends bring in, heard the Vietnam Corporate Sustainability Forum 2015 held in Hanoi May 14. The event was held by Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD) under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in cooperation with the British Council. Speaking at the forum, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Chairman of the National Council for Sustainable Development and Competitiveness Improvement, affirmed that sustainability is accrued from economic development and forward movement. Development is engendered by an improved business environment. However, he said that many companies now lack interest in sustainable development. In the current context of intensive and extensive international integration, many FDI enterprises do not pay attention to keeping Vietnamese economic growth sustainable. Hence, Vietnam needs a longer term vision on the formation and continuation of … [Read more...]

Academy is mainstay of Vietnam’s science and technology

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PANO - The Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) should further innovation activities and effectively implement support policies for researchers. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam made this statement at a ceremony held in Hanoi on May 20th to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the VAST under the Ministry of Science and Technology. On May 20th 1975, Prime Minister Pham Van Dong signed a decision to establish the Vietnam Institute of Science and Technology, the predecessor of the VAST. At present, the academy has 51 departments with more than 4,000 staff, including hundreds of professors, associate professors and doctors. Along with its regular tasks, the academy has also implemented other scientific and technological tasks assigned by the Prime Minister, State-level key scientific and technological programs, and other urgent projects for the nation’s socio-economic development, and defence and security. The Deputy Prime Minister believed that the academy would … [Read more...]

Deputy PM Dam urges ensuring smooth organisation of national high school graduation exam

Over 1 million students have registered for the 2-in-1 national high school exam this year. (Image credit: giaoduc.net.vn)

NDO – The biggest requirement set for this year’s national high school graduation exam was ensuring strict implementation of the exam, said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. The leader led a working session to inspect preparation for the national exam in the northern province of Hai Duong on May 21. The Ministry of Education and Training has decided to combine the annual national high school graduation exam and the university entrance exam from this year forward instead of being held separately, as in previous years. The results of the exam will determine if students graduate from high school and qualify for admission to tertiary education at a university, college or vocational training school. The deputy PM affirmed that the long-term goal of the exam’s organisation was to impact teaching methods. The deployment of this year's exam as well as organisation of the exam in the coming years should be geared strongly towards creating the most favourable conditions … [Read more...]

Social News 21/5

Dong Nai residents face eviction for airport Authorities in Dong Nai Province have asked the central Government to allow it to evict residents and resettle them to make way for a project to build Long Thanh airport. At a working session on Tuesday, Dong Nai People's Committee and a work panel for handling the resettlement, said it was important to hear comments from affected residents. Tran Van Vinh, vice-chairman of the committee, appointed the provincial Department of Natural Resources and the Environment as the focal point. It is supposed to work with other departments and agencies to complete a blueprint of the project and submit it to the committee this month. The committee will consider it and and forward it on to other relevant agencies next month. Vinh also asked the Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs to collect input from concerned departments and agencies on a vocational training scheme tailored for the affected residents. This is hoped to help … [Read more...]

Vietnam encourages science and technology development

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaks at the ceremony (Photo: VNA)

(VOVworld) - Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has urged the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) to innovate and effectively implement incentivised policies for researchers working in the sector. Speaking at a ceremony in Hanoi on Wednesday to mark VAST’s 40th founding anniversary, Dam asked the academy to increase its international cooperation while undertaking more scientific tasks at the national level. Dam stated that, with a long tradition of achievement, the academy would develop strongly and continue to contribute to the country’s industrialization and modernization. The Academy has led many key projects, such as building the Vietnam Aerospace Centre and capturing and storing images from the satellite VNREDSAT 1, to be used in security and defence. … [Read more...]

Academy urged to renew management, encourage scientific development

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaks at the ceremony. (Credit: VNA)

NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has asked the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) to renew management approaches and effectively implement policies encouraging and priotising scientific and technological development. Deputy PM Dam made the statement at a ceremony held in Hanoi on May 20 marking the 40th anniversary of the VAST’s establishment (May 20, 1975-2015). He urged the academy to enhance international relations and suggestions on national scientific tasks while asking Party and State agencies to facilitate the VAST to realise assigned tasks. The Deputy PM expressed his belief that with its tradition and achievements, the academy would continue growing and fulfilling entrusted tasks, contributing to boosting industrialisation and modernisation nationwide. For 40 years, the VAST has been a pillar of the country’s natural sciences and hi-tech sectors with 51 affiliated units and over 4,000 staff, in which 750 officers hold doctoral … [Read more...]

Deputy PM urges progressive thinking at science academy

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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaks at the ceremony (Photo: VNA) Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has urged the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) to innovate and effectively implement incentivised policies for researchers working in the sector. Speaking at a ceremony in Hanoi on May 20 to mark VAST’s 40th founding anniversary, Dam asked the academy to increase its international cooperation while undertaking more scientific tasks at national level. Dam stated that with a long tradition of achievement, the academy will develop strongly and continue contributing to the country’s industrialisation and modernisation. The academy has 51 affiliates with more than 4,000 staff, of whom 750 have PhDs or doctorates. According to Professor Chau Van Minh, President of VAST, the academy led the country’s basic research in 2014, publishing 35 monograph books and obtaining patents for 13 inventions. VAST also led many key projects, such as building the … [Read more...]

Chance of a lifetime

The Saigon Times Daily Some six million viewers watched the two-hour show from 6 a.m. East Coast time of the United States featuring breathtaking scenes inside and outside the two imposing caves. Millions of other interested people have been able to see footage and read news about the attractions on the Internet. Son Doong has been a highlight of the world’s tourism map years after the hidden charm of the UNESCO-listed Phong Nha-Ke Bang Park was discovered by a team of scientists from the British Cave Research Association. The biggest cave in Vietnam has been proven as the globe’s largest cave as its enormous chamber measures five kilometers long, 200 meters high and 150 meters wide. As reported by Tuoi Tre newspaper, a large number of travelers are waiting for their turn to explore the cave at a cost starting from US$3,000 per person. Of course, more adventurers from over the world will book this once-in-a-lifetime journey to the cave to admire its stunning … [Read more...]

Porters contribute to success of ABC show on Son Doong Cave

Garbage and used items were carried out of Son Doong Grotto by porters so as to safeguard the cave’s pristine, impeccable beauty.    Photo:   Tuoi Tre

Porters were indispensable to the success of a TV show on Son Doong Cave the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) aired live earlier this week and they will also make sure expeditions to the grotto, which is now the world’s largest, both enjoyable and safe. The ABC show accentuating the astounding magnificence of Son Doong and En (Swallow) Caves broadcast on May 13 on "Good Morning America," a much-loved program watched by an average of six million subscribers every day. The caves are secluded in the core area of the UNESCO-recognized Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, located in the north-central province of Quang Binh. En Cave is around two kilometers from Son Doong. Many viewers in both the U.S. and Vietnam marveled at the caves’ resplendence and said that the two are now on their must-go destination lists after watching the program. The show’s success might not have been possible without porters, who are muscular young local men tasked with carrying bulky … [Read more...]

Press digest May 11-17

President meets Azerbaijani NA Speaker, PM State President Truong Tan Sang met Speaker of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan Ogtay Asadovin Azerbaijan's capital Baku, saying that Viet Nam values the development of ties with traditional friends, including Azerbaijan. Both sides agreed to facilitate the sharing of law-making experience via visits, create a legal framework for bilateral collaboration and monitor the observance of signed agreements and commitments. The two countries should restore cooperative ties across education-training, culture, tourism and explore opportunities in health care, transport, construction and labor, among others. PM receives Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung assured Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Nakane Kazuyuki that Viet Nam wants to deepen comprehensive ties with Japan for the sake of the two peoples. He continued to say that during the Mekong-Japan Summit slated for this July, Vietnamese and Japanese leaders will … [Read more...]

Excellent scientists receive Ta Quang Buu awards

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam (1st from the right) presenting the awards to four scientists. Photo: dantri.com.vn

PANO - The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) presented the 2015 Ta Quang Buu awards to excellent scientists on May 16th in Hanoi, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. Vietnamese scientists with outstanding research works in natural science and engineering are annually rewarded. Nine out of 43 registered research works were submitted to the jury, and three of them were on the final list for the awards. They included the scientific projects of Prof. Dinh Dung from the Institute Information Technology of the Vietnam National University (VNU), Prof. Nguyen Dong Yen from the Institute of Mathematics under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, and Ass. Prof. Tran Thanh Hai from the Hanoi University of Mine and Geology. In addition, the award for young scientist was presented to Ass. Prof. Pham Hoang Hiep from the Institute of Mathematics of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. Translated by Anh Tien … [Read more...]

Porters contribute to success of ABC show on Vietnam’s Son Doong Cave

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Porters were indispensable to the success of a TV show on Son Doong Cave the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) aired live earlier this week and they will also make sure expeditions to the grotto, which is now the world’s largest, both enjoyable and safe. The ABC show accentuating the astounding magnificence of Son Doong and En (Swallow) Caves broadcast Wednesday on "Good Morning America," a much-loved program watched by an average of six million subscribers every day. The caves are secluded in the core area of the UNESCO-recognized Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, located in the north-central province of Quang Binh. En Cave is around two kilometers from Son Doong. Many viewers in both the U.S. and Vietnam marveled at the caves’ resplendence and said that the two are now on their must-go destination lists after watching the program. The show’s success might not have been possible without porters, who are muscular young local men tasked with carrying bulky … [Read more...]

Four scientists receive Ta Quang Buu award

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The winners at the award ceremony. (VOV) NDO - Four outstanding scientists received the 2015 Ta Quang Buu Award at a ceremony in Hanoi on May 16. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. The awardees included Prof. Dr. Dinh Dung from the Institute of Information Technology, Vietnam National University, Hanoi; Prof. Dr. Nguyen Dong Yen from the Institute of Mathematics, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology; and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Thanh Hai from Hanoi University of Mining and Geology. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Hoang Diep from the Institute of Mathematics, under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology received the prize for most outstanding young scientist under 35. The annual award honours individuals and groups who have made outstanding achievements to the field and published excellent scientific research in prestigious international journals. The award is expected to contribute greatly to promoting basic scientific research as well as to … [Read more...]

Schoolchildren excited for first STEM show in Hanoi

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Schoolchildren at the first STEM show in Hanoi NDO - The first STEM show in Vietnam opened on May 16 in Hanoi, drawing more than 2,000 primary pupils to wide range of creative activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths. The event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan, who said he expected the show to encourage creativity and innovation in children. STEM is an education policy that advocates the teaching of four disciplines -- science, technology, engineering and maths -- in an integrated curriculum instead of being taught in isolation. Minister Quan said educators and policy-makers should pay more attention to nurturing children’s love for STEM subjects from the early years of their education. At the first STEM show, held on the campus of the Hanoi University of Science and Technology, primary schoolchildren are able to take part in practical activities such as building … [Read more...]

Vietnam-Belgium Master Programs should be duplicated

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaks at the event

(VOVworld) – Vietnam and Belgium have marked the 20th anniversary of a co-operative educational program. Speaking at the celebration of the Viet Nam-Belgium Master Program in Hanoi on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said the program had trained more than 2,200 graduates not only in business but also in other fields. He said the program has created a practical and effective relationship between Viet Nam and Belgium, expressing his hope that in the coming years more educational co-operation models would be put into practice. The Belgian Ambassador to Viet Nam, Bruno Angelet, said that co-operation in education and training would continue to be a priority for the two countries in the future. … [Read more...]

Son Doong Cave tours booked out until end 2016 after US TV appearance

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Tours to Son Doong Cave in the central province of Quang Binh are booked out until the end of 2016, with more than 1,000 people wanting to see the natural phenomenon showcased on a US television programme on May 13. Son Doong cave Oxalis Travel Co, the only tour company licensed to conduct trips to the cave, said some 300 people had been Son Doong since it was opened to visitors in August 2013. A spokesman for Oxalis said more than 1,000 people had booked the five-day four-night tour, at a cost of USD3,000 a person. Tours to Son Doong are restricted to 450 visitors a year. Son Doong is in the Unesco-recognised Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh Province, near the Laos–Vietnam border. It is biggest known cave in the world. Inside is a fast-flowing subterranean river and is so large it has its own ecosystem. The cave was found by a local man, Ho Khanh, in 1991, but it was not properly explored until 2009, by a group of scientists from the British Cave Research … [Read more...]

Government News 15/5

Vietnamese gov’t pledges to promote sustainable development Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said that the Vietnamese government supports the business community to improve its productivity, competiveness and sustainable development. He made the statement at the Vietnam Sustainable Development Business Forum 2015, held by the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD) under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the British Council of Vietnam. The forum aimed to inform enterprises and relevant parities of new areas and trends relating to sustainable development as well as highlight and discuss customs, solutions and sustainable business models in the world and in Vietnam. Dam praised the VBCSD for actively implementing Resolution 19/NQ-CP dated March 18, 2014 by the government for enhancing investment and the business environment. VCCI Vice Chairman Vu Duc Khuong said in the context of economic difficulties and increased … [Read more...]

Behind-the-scenes stories of filming in Vietnam’s Son Doong

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Two Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters have recounted the intriguing behind-the-scenes stories while joining a crew from the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in filming Son Doong Cave, the world’s largest, which awed American viewers during a show earlier this week. Tuoi Tre"> The ABC show accentuating the astounding magnificence of Son Doong and En (Swallow) Caves aired Wednesday on "Good Morning America," a much-loved program watched by an average of six million subscribers every day. The caves are secluded in the core area of the UNESCO-recognized Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, located in the north-central province of Quang Binh. En Cave is around two kilometers from Son Doong. It was the first time that ABC had reported live from inside the grottos, its crew members told the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, who joined them while filming last week. After the Wednesday airing, Ginger Zee, the show’s host, continued to update the gorgeous photos … [Read more...]

Business forum focuses on sustainable growth

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam urged businesses to pay greater attention to sustainable development amid deepening global integration and growing competition at the Viet Nam Corporate Sustainability Forum 2015 held yesterday in Ha Noi. The forum, jointly held by the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the British Council, updated businesses on new sustainability themes and trends, and discussed models and solutions for such development. Dam said that Viet Nam's business community needs a vision to establish and maintain a stable socio-economic development for the country, warning that many firms had yet to pay adequate attention to the issue. Businesses should know their strengths and bring their advantages into play to secure a firm foothold in the market and develop their businesses. They should also actively seek new ways to benefit from global sustainability trends, he urged. "Improving the business climate is critical for sustainable economic development," … [Read more...]