Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City celebrates 20th anniversary

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President Truong Tan Sang speaks at the ceremony. (VNA) NDO - The Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City held a grand ceremony on January 27 to mark its 20th anniversary in the presence of President Truong Tan Sang. The ceremony also saw the attendance of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. Addressing the ceremony, President Truong Tan Sang spoke highly of achievements recorded by the University over the past 20 years as well as commending its role as one of the national training centres for high quality human resources. The President reiterated the country’s policy of considering human resources development as one of the strategic breakthroughs to advance the country into an industrial nation and improve national competitiveness. The university ought to exert more effort and innovation in order to fulfil its responsibility and assigned tasks, and accelerate technological transfer, high-quality human resource training and expand international co-operation, he … [Read more...]

UK shares educational experience to Vietnam

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The Hanoitimes - Vietnam would like the UK to share its experience in education and provide it with technical assistance. Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam made the statement on January 26 while receiving the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, Lord David Terence Puttnam, in Hanoi. UK education is developing well and the Vietnamese Government has been building a developed education sector towards a long-term vision and is to effectively implement all reached agreements to boost relations in an effective and sustainable manner, Dam told his guest. For his part, Lord David Puttnam Terence said Vietnam and the UK still boast huge potential for broader cooperation in trade, investment and education and training. He suggested Vietnam evaluate its demands for human resources in future to devise a long-term training plan aiming to meet requirements for sustainable development. By Bach Nhat … [Read more...]

Master Plan to develop festival in 2015-2020 periods and an orientation of 2030

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(Cinet)- Vice-PM Vu Duc Dam has directed to implement Master Plan to develop festival in 2015-2020 periods and orientation of 2030. The festival is cultural heritage with many traditional values of the nation as an essential demand in people’s life. The festival consists of various activities nationwide to meet people’s demand at the interesting atmosphere. However, there are some positive aspects to adjust and ensure a security at the festival. The vice-PM directed Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to host and associate with some relevant agencies to study and fulfill the festival from the PM in Document No.1185/VPCP-KGVX on December 29, 2012. The vice-PM also entrusts the MOCST to promulgate Document for managing and organizing the festival. … [Read more...]

Press digest – January 26

Deputy PM asks for UK’s assistance in education Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam asked for the UK’s support in improving Viet Nam’s education system during a reception for Lord David Terence Puttnam, special envoy of the UK PM. The Deputy PM said the Vietnamese Government wants to develop a more forward-thinking education sector. Lord David Terence Puttnam said there are numerous opportunities to develop bilateral ties in trade, investment, education, and training. He recommended Viet Nam predict its workforce demand in the future and build a long-term education plan in response. US, VN enhance comprehensive partnership Leading diplomats from Viet Nam and the US gathered for an international conference reviewing 20 years of the Viet Nam-US relations. New US Ambassador to Viet Nam Ted Osius said the conference aimed to deepen the relationship and bolster cooperation with US investors. Osius also said the US is keen to establish American universities in compliance with … [Read more...]

Social News 27/1

Students respond to blood donation campaign Thousands of students from various universities in Hanoi participated in a voluntary blood donation campaign at the Hanoi University of Technology on January 25 as part of the ongoing ‘Red Sunday’ festival nationwide. Speaking at the event , Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said more efforts need to be made to further promote voluntary blood donation movements, including raising public awareness and keeping blood transfusion safe . Phuc joined volunteers in signing to show determination in promoting voluntary blood donation , making the Red Sunday develop further in the coming time. Meanwhile, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation, quoted the World Health Organsisation’s statistics saying that Vietnam needs minimum 1.8 million blood units to save patients. However, the country has yet to meet the demand, she noted, adding that the … [Read more...]

Deputy PM asks for UK’s assistance in education

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam welcomes Lord David Terence Puttnam. Photo: vietnamplus

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam asked for the UK’s support in improving Vietnam’s education system during a reception for Lord David Terence Puttnam, special envoy of the UK Prime Minister in Hanoi on January 26. The Deputy PM said the Vietnamese Government wants to develop a more forward-thinking education sector. The country would like to emulate the UK’s experience in training Vietnamese students in professional skills, he added, vowing that Vietnam will effectively realise government commitments made in the past. Lord David Terence Puttnam said there are numerous opportunities to develop bilateral ties in trade, investment, education, and training. He recommended Vietnam predict its workforce demand in the future and build a long-term education plan in response. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam receives UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy

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(VOVworld)- Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam received visiting UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy Lord David Terrence Puttnam in Hanoi on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Dam said that Vietnam hoped to receive the UK’s support in education, especially vocational training. Dam stressed that the Vietnamese government will exert further efforts to implement agreements signed between the two governments to boost bilateral ties. Lord Puttnam said that Vietnam and the UK have great potential for trade, investment, education and training cooperation. He suggested the Vietnamese government evaluate human resource demands in the future to develop training plans and visions to meet the needs of sustainable growth. … [Read more...]

Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences sets tasks for 2015

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(VOVworld) – The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) held a conference on Sunday to review its activities last year and set out tasks for 2015. The event was attended by Politburo member and Permanent member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat, Le Hong Anh and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. In 2014, VASS successfully conducted scientific research and participated in reviewing 7 major issues of 30 years of the renewal process. In his address, Le Hong Anh asked the Academy to boost international cooperation and improve the quality of its scientists. … [Read more...]

Nation strives to create jobs for 1.6 million labourers

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In 2015, the country is expected to create jobs for 1.6 million people, including 1.51 million domestic jobs and 90,000 labourers to be sent to work abroad. The information was announced during a recent online meeting to carry out work on labour and revolutionary contributors held by the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). The meeting agreed to give vocational training to 2.15 million people, raise the number of trained labourers to 50%, reduce the poverty rate by 1.7%-2% compared to 2014, and help 98.5% of beneficiaries’ families and revolutionary contributors’ have an equal or higher standard of living in their residential areas. Speaking during the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam suggested the MOLISA focus on vocational training, job creation and completion of documents and policies in these areas. He urged the MOLISA to work closely with relevant ministries to improve scientific, technological and environmental working … [Read more...]

Honoring Trang An tourism complex as a world cultural and natural heritage site

UNESCO Representative Katherine Muller Marine presented the certificate to Cuture, Sports and Tourism Minister Hoang Tuan Anh

The Hanoitimes - A grand ceremony was held at Bai Dinh Pagoda in the northern province of Ninh Binh on January 23 to receive the UNESCO’s certification recognising Trang An tourism complex as a world cultural and natural heritage site. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam; Vice President of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu; Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang and leaders, former leaders of the Party and State; the diplomatic missions, international organizations attended the ceremony. Covering an area of over 6,000 hectares, the Trang An complex consists of the Hoa Lu ancient citadel, Trang An-Tam Coc-Bich Dong natural scenic site, and the Hoa Lu primeval forest. The picturesque landscape of Trang An is a harmonic combination of mountains, valleys and lakes with numerous caves inside stunning limestone karst mountain ranges. Moreover, it is surrounded by primary forests with a wide variety of flora and fauna systems. The complex … [Read more...]

Social News 26/1

Hospital treats puffer fish patients Nghe An Province's general hospital yesterday said doctors were able to save three people suffering from food poisoning after eating puffer fish. The victims, from Cua Lo Town, were rushed to the hospital on Saturday night. According to family members, they ate puffer fish on their vessel while fishing, and developed nausea and headaches, before slowly losing consciousness. Doctors have warned residents in coastal areas not to eat puffer fish, due to a high risk of food poisoning. Man arrested for drug, weapons smuggling Border police in Moc Chau District and relevant law enforcement agencies detained a person on Saturday carrying weapons and 1.75kg of heroin. The person was identified as Trang A Cho, born in 1984, a resident of Dong Sang Commune in Moc Chau District. Police seized a grenade, seven bullets and a shotgun. The case is still under investigation. Petrol stations cheat customers in Dac Lac An investigation by the Dac Lac … [Read more...]

Deputy PM calls Vietnam’s drug rehab programs a ‘failure’, calls for revoking them

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HCMC militiamen arrest two suspected drug users in an alley during a raid in December 2014. Photo: Diep Duc Minh Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has called Vietnam’s drug treatment programs so far a failure and urged a switch to voluntary treatment to save public funds. Speaking at a meeting Friday he said officials should be honest about the real situation of drug treatment. He cited international reports as saying that 80 percent of addicts in Vietnam relapse into drug use after treatment. "That figure is optimistic," Dam said. "We have to be frank: we’ve failed." If it is a failure it is a costly one since, according to Dam, the government spends more than VND10 million (US$468) on each addict at rehabilitation centers every year, not to mention the expense on their families. He said Vietnam should follow other countries to focus on voluntary rehab and community-based treatment using methadone. When addicts sign up for treatment voluntarily, they would be … [Read more...]

Social News 25/1

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Authorities bust traffickers for transporting firecrackers Several individuals were caught transporting forbidden commodities over the past few days, alerting authorities to the worsening problem of trafficking during the days approaching Tet (lunar new year). In Quang Ninh Province's Ha Long City yesterday, a team of economic and traffic police caught container driver Tran Van Dang transporting 17kg of made-in-China firecrackers. The Hai Duong Province resident said he purchased the goods in Mong Cai City for VND800,000 (US$37) and intended to resell them for profit. City police are completing the necessary documents to charge Dang with transport of forbidden goods. On Wednesday, the General Department of Viet Nam Customs's Department of Investigation and Anti-Smuggling and Quang Ninh Province's Mong Cai Border Gate customs officers dispatched forces to watch for firecracker smugglers. Although the smugglers escaped, they left behind four jute bags containing 30 strings of … [Read more...]

Vietnam to invest $792mn in science, tech in 2015

Vietnam has put aside more than VND17 trillion (US$792 million) for science and technology in 2015, the Ministry of Science and Technology said at a conference in Hanoi this week. This fund, already approved by the Prime Minister and the National Assembly, is higher in both absolute value and percentage, when calculated in the total spending of the nation, than that of recent years, the ministry said on Tuesday. Hoang Minh Thuc, a departmental chief from the ministry, said that current regulations require annual investment in science and technology to occupy two percent of Vietnam’s budget spending, but in reality it has never reached that level, causing difficulties in allocating funds for research. Speaking at the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam was supportive of earmarking two percent of the state budget for science and technology and emphasized the importance of how to use the funding. "Scientific researches have been created and submitted mainly by … [Read more...]

Trang An Landscape Complex officially named world natural and cultural heritage

The ceremony to receive the certificate of UNESCO. Photo: vietnamnet.vn

PANO - Ninh Binh province and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on the evening of January 23rd held a ceremony in Hoa Lu ancient capital to receive the certificate of UNESCO recognizing Trang An Landscape Complex as the world mixed natural and cultural heritage. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, other high-ranking officials, representatives, tourists, and local people. >> Trang An Complex to receive UNESCO recognition On behalf of UNESCO, Ms. Katherine Muller Marin, UNESCO Representative in Vietnam, congratulated Vietnam and Ninh Binh province on this important event. Trang An landscape complex is the first site in the Southeast Asia to be recognized by UNESCO as the mixed natural and cultural heritage. She said UNESCO is pleased to learn that a competent management board of the complex has been put into operation and encourages the board to actively coordinate with local communities to promote … [Read more...]

Trang An recognized as World Natural and Cultural Heritage

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(VOVworld)- A ceremony was held in Ninh Binh province on Friday to receive UNESCO’s certificate on recognizing Trang An Scenic Complex as a World Natural and Cultural Heritage. In his address, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said that with UNESCO recognition, Trang An has become an asset of the humanity. The site will contribute to promoting the image of Vietnam to the world and its recognition will create new opportunities for the development of Vietnam’s tourism. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said:"Local authorities, researchers and the public need to make effort to preserve and promote this heritage. By doing so, Trang An complex in Ninh Binh province will always be an ideal destination for everyone". Covering an area of over 6,000 hectares, the Trang An complex consists of the Hoa Lu ancient citadel, Trang An-Tam Coc-Bich Dong natural scenic site, and the Hoa Lu primeval forest. The complex is often called Vietnam's Ha Long Bay on land. It is the first mixed … [Read more...]

Nation celebrates unique heritage in Ninh Binh province

UNESCO Representative Katherine Muller Marine presented the certificate to Cuture, Sports and Tourism Minister Hoang Tuan Anh. Photo: VNA The Trang An complex in the northern province of Ninh Binh received a certificate from UNESCO certificate officially recognising it as a combined natural and cultural World Heritage site at a grand ceremony on January 23. Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said the recognition of many sites and traditions in Vietnam as world heritages reflects the international community's acknowledgement of the nation’s priceless treasures. Trang An makes all Vietnamese proud of their nation's heroic history, he said, noting that Trang An was a resistance base against the Yuan Mongolian invaders and a base for Buddhism. Katherine Muller-Marin, Head of the UNESCO office in Vietnam, said that the values of Trang An will be protected under the World Heritage Convention. Before making the UNESCO list, Trang An was already a famous … [Read more...]

Trang An receives World Cultural and Natural Heritage certificate

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UNESCO Vietnam Chief Katherine Muller Marin presented the certificate to Ninh Binh province NDO – A ceremony took place in Ninh Binh on January 23 to receive a certificate from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recognising Trang An Landscape Complex as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The event was organised by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Vietnam’s National Commission for UNESCO (UNESCO Vietnam) and Ninh Binh provincial People’s Committee. Among the guests at the event were Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Vu Duc Dam; National Assembly (NA) Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu; Politburo member and Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang; Head of the Party Central Committee Office, Tran Quoc Vuong; former Party General Secretaries Le Kha Phieu; former Presidents Tran Duc Luong; former NA Chairman Nguyen Van An; along with some international guests such as international Lao Deputy Prime Minister … [Read more...]

Nation celebrates a unique heritage

Trang An complex is the first site in Southeast Asia to win World Heritage status for both cultural and natural values. — VNA/VNS Photo Ninh Manh Thang

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam yesterday hailed the recognition of the Trang An complex in Ninh Binh Province as a cultural and natural World Hertiage, saying it was the first and only site in Southeast Asia to achieve this double feat. The recognition of many sites and traditions in Viet Nam as world heritages reflects the international community's acknowledgement of the priceless treasures in the nation, he said. Trang An makes all Vietnamese proud of their nation's heroic history, he said. "The King [Dinh Tien Hoang] affirmed independence of our country during feudal times," he said. Trang An was a resistance base against the Yuan Mongolian invaders and a base for Buddhism, he noted. Dam was speaking at a ceremony held to receive the UNESCO certificate officially recognising the Trang An Complex as a combined natural and cultural World Heritage site. Katherine Muller-Marin, Head of the UNESCO office in Ha Noi, said that the values of Trang An will be protected under the … [Read more...]

Labor, Social Affairs sector completes set target in 2014

At an online meeting held in Ha Noi by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs yesterday, aiming to set up the task implementation for 2015, the ministry reported, 1.6 million people were offered jobs achieving the set target of 2014. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam attended the meeting. In addition, 1,495,000 people were offered jobs in the country and 160,000 people worked abroad, added the ministry. Last year is the first time that over 100,000 Vietnamese laborers worked in foreign countries helping unemployment rate decrease and increase income as well as poverty elimination, said Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thanh Hoa. Upon vocational training, in 2014, around 1,899,000 people were offered the training across the country contributing to raise the proportion of skilled laborers to 49 percent. The Ministry continued implementing policies favored for families in serving the cause of the nation’s revolution. In addition, the … [Read more...]