VietNamNet Bridge – Professor Dr Le Kim Long, former principle of the Ha Noi University of Education, speaks to the newspaper Kinh te & Do thi (Economic and Urban Affairs) on the impact of the 4.0 Revolution – the major economic shift currently underway, driven by new digital technologies – on Vietnamese teachers. The Ministry Education and Training (MOET) in 2010 introduced a set of criteria for the training programmes of university and college levels nationwide. — Photo kinhtedothi.vn How do you anticipate the 4.0 Industrial Revolution will impact Vietnamese teachers? In my opinion, a basic mission of the 4.0 Industrial Revolution is “its connectivity.” Wide internet coverage has become a tool to connect global education resources with Viet Nam. As a result, our … [Read more...] about Teachers must expand their knowledge
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Ha Quoc Huy, a Year 13 student at British International School (BIS) Hanoi, is one of the two Vietnamese students who have received an offer from the renowned Columbia University in New York City. He’s happy to share his experience in successfully applying to one of the most prestigious Ivy League universities. Ivy League is a term commonly used to refer to a group of eight private, East-Coast colleges and universities in the United States renowned for providing an excellent education and significant history. Quoc Huy decided to apply to Columbia University for several reasons. The university has an excellent ‘Core Curriculum’ which allows him to try out a lot of different courses like Philosophy, Literature, History, Music or Art. It’s really a good fit as Huy believes that a scientist also needs to know many other things about the world. In addition, being located in New York City, Columbia … [Read more...] about Ticket to top U.S. university: Experience of a BIS Hanoi student
Vietnam has caused surprise by improving its records on a global English test given by an international education company, in spite of current English teaching problems, and indicated transformation in its English ability between 2007 and 2012. It stood at number 31 in the previous test taken by people from 54 countries and territories. China is six notches away from Vietnam in the index while Thailand is near the bottom at number 55. Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands topped the list, according to EF English First. The 2013 ranking was prepared on the basis of EF papers taken in 2012 by 750,000 adults from the participating countries and territories. EF Education First did not reveal how many Vietnamese took the latest test but said that it only assessed those countries and territories with at least 400 test takers. Vietnam and Indonesia are among some Asian countries that have transformed their English proficiency from 2007 to 2012, the company added. Even teachers … [Read more...] about Vietnam improves performance in global English ranking
A college lecturer in English slams the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) for suddenly checking local English teachers' language command against a European framework, saying it is "unfair" and "arbitrary." This is part of a US$480 million national project to improve Vietnam's foreign language, primarily English, learning and teaching system. Under this project, MoET requires that high school teachers reach the European framework's second-highest skill level, while elementary school teachers must achieve the fourth-highest level and middle school educators the third-highest. The shocking result was that a mere 3-7 percent of teachers from 30 provinces and cities, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, lived up to expectations, with veteran instructors among the unsuccessful test-takers. Le Thanh Hai, the instructor based in the southern hub, complained to Tuoi Tre that it is "unfair" for teachers even though such testing is necessary to improve the English learning and … [Read more...] about Lecturer pans ministry for testing English teachers
The Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training's draft fee schedule under which parents of kindergarten, elementary and high school children will have to pay tuition fees of up to eight percent of the region's average per capita GDP is now a growing public concern as the majority are still facing daily financial difficulties. Prof. Pham Minh Hac, former Minister of Education and Training, expressed his views on the matter. Prof. Pham Minh Hac: There's no doubt that our budget for education is deficient. We haven't had enough money to invest in schools' facilities, that's why no school in our country can meet international standards. Only forty percent of schools in the northern mountainous provinces and in the Mekong Delta provide even acceptable educational environments. Yet, it's inappropriate for Government to use tuition fees as a main source of revenue for education, then keep raising them to cover escalating costs. What we should be aiming for now are exemptions … [Read more...] about Will a Rise in Tuition Fees Help Improve Education and Training Quality?