Students at Vietnam USA Society English Centers. Photo courtesy of VUS HCM CITY — Foreign-language instruction could greatly improve the quality of the educational system, but language-proficiency outcomes in recent years have been disappointing, Minister of Education and Training Phùng Xuân Nhạ has said. The ministry had made great efforts to improve the quality of foreign-language instruction, but the expected goals had not been met, Nhạ said at a forum held on Saturday in HCM City. Nhạ said that teaching needed to be improved at the primary to high school levels so that less time was needed to study a foreign language at tertiary levels. To improve teaching, schools should learn more about teaching methodologies and materials used by foreign-language training centres in Việt Nam. Many English teachers in Vietnamese schools … [Read more...] about Foreign languages key for development of education
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This is a key finding from HSBC’s Expat Explorer survey, which polled 18,059 overseas workers from 163 countries and territories through an online questionnaire between March and April this year. The respondents were invited to share their opinions on the country they were currently living in, in terms of their satisfaction with quality of urban living, political stability, work life balance, disposable income, career progression and economic stability. "Most expats moving to Vietnam say they were able to quickly adjust to the way of life there, feeling at home within the first few months of arriving," an HSBC report says. Expats also expressed surprise at the benefits of working in Vietnam. Many receive salary increases which, given the relatively low cost of living, provides them with far more spending power to enjoy everything the country has to offer. By HSBC's estimates, expats in Vietnam can earn as much as $103,000 per year on average, an amount 50 times higher than the … [Read more...] about Vietnam a top 10 country for expats to settle down
A 70-year-old man in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa has received an excellent bachelor degree in civil engineering technology. HCM City Open University held a ceremony to grant degrees to 83 people who finished a distant learning course during the 2014-2018 period. Tran Xuan Thanh, 70, from Khanh Hoa Province was among them. Tran Xuan Thanh (left) receives excellent bachelor degree in civil engineering technology. This is the second bachelor degree Thanh has achieved in the past eight years. In 2014, he graduated via long-distance learning in economic law. According to Thanh, he received a high-school graduation degree in 1967 but he couldn’t take a university entrance exam. After that, he opened an aluminium frame workshop at his home. Ten years ago, he heard about long-distance learning and so he decided to follow the law course when he was aged more than 60. Initially, many people advised against his studies. However, he was still determined to study. He said … [Read more...] about Elderly man awarded excellent bachelor degree
At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
Ho Chi Minh City has claimed fourth position on the 2018 Expat City Ranking by InterNations, the world’s largest network for people who live and work abroad. Affordability of housing and low cost of living are major draws that pushed Saigon ahead of other Asian metropolises like Tokyo (38th), Seoul (41st), Shanghai (45th) and Hong Kong (49th). In compiling the rankings, InterNations invited more than 18,000 expats from 187 countries and territories to share their opinions on the city they were currently living in, in terms of their satisfaction with quality of urban living, getting settled, urban work life, finances, housing. Most expats in Vietnam felt satisfied with the lower cost of living in Ho Chi Minh City that helped them to balance the books and ease the financial burden of living overseas. Of the expats questioned, 77 percent said they found it easy to find low-cost housing in Saigon, well above the global average of 37 percent. More than four in five expats, or 82 … [Read more...] about Saigon becomes a top expat destination