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International tourists increase by 27.4%

In Vietnam Travel on March 10, 2010 at 8:05 am

International tourists increase by 27.4%

QĐND – Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 20:27 (GMT+7)

A meeting to review the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2009 (ATF), in Vietnam took place in Hanoi on March 8th.

The Tourism General Department reported that the number of international tourists to the country in the first two months of this year was around 877,712, up by 27.4% compared to that of the same period in 2009.  

Deputy Head of the Tourism General Department, Nguyen Manh Cuong, commented that ATF from Jan 5th to 12th 2009 had helped Vietnam reaffirm its tourism potential and prospects in the region as well as advertise its images to the outside world.

At the event, the Prime Minister had given certificates of merit to five personnel of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism to recognise their contributions to the development of the tourism sector.

Source: NLD

Translated by Hoang Anh  

Source: QDND

Private universities hike tuition fees

In Social life on March 10, 2010 at 8:04 am

Private universities hike tuition fees

QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

Many private universities have announced an increase in tuition fees for 2010-11, citing rising costs of infrastructure and equipment.

Hanoi’s Dai Nam University will hike the fees from 800,000 VND (43.4 USD) to 980,000 VND (53.2 USD) a month for degree level and from 700,000 (38 USD) to 800,000 VND (43.4 VND) for college students.

A university spokesperson said electricity, water, and land costs rose last year.

FPT University, also based in Hanoi, one of the most expensive private universities with fees running into thousands of USD, said it would add a semester to its courses instead of increasing fees. A student will thus be paying total fees of 9,900 USD (193 million VND) over a course against 8,800 USD (171.6 million VND) this year.

Thang Long University said it would hike fees by 10 percent on average, with finance and banking students paying the lowest amount of 1.1 million VND (59.7 USD) and nursing students the highest of 12 million VND (652 USD).

Thanh Thuy, a spokesperson for Bac Ha International University, said the school would hike the annual fees for the economics stream to 18 million VND (980 USD) and for the technology stream to 20 million VND (1,086 USD).

The fee hike is essential to meet quality standards, she said.

However, some private universities charge moderate fees even after hikes. Tran Huu Nghi, principal of Hai Phong University, said this year his school would collect 7.9 million VND (429 USD).

It did not want to cause financial difficulties for students, he explained, adding they can borrow 8.4 million VND (456 USD) a year from the government’s credit support programme.

Thanh Tay University too collects a modest 7 million VND (380 USD) at the tertiary level and 5 million VND (271 USD) at the college level and does not plan to increase the fees.

Source: Vietnam +

Source: QDND

236.8 mln USD for upgrading and building schools

In Politics-Society on March 10, 2010 at 8:04 am

236.8 mln USD for upgrading and building schools

QĐND – Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 20:22 (GMT+7)

The government has decided to spend 4,500 billion VND (236.8 million USD) on a project to upgrade and build schools in the country this year, according to a report prepared by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET).

In the report launched on March 8, MOET asked municipal and provincial people’s committees to urgently approve the allocation of the capital for beneficiaries with top priorities given to poor districts.

The capital source is reportedly from the sale of government bonds.

In 2008 and 2009, more than 55,000 classrooms were built in the country, of which 32,496 were put into use.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Hanoi’s veteran businesses honoured

In Politics-Society on March 10, 2010 at 8:03 am

Hanoi’s veteran businesses honoured

QĐND – Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 20:22 (GMT+7)

The Association of Hanoi’s Veteran Businesses on March 7th held a New Year meeting to honour collectives and individuals with outstanding achievements.

During the recent past, the Hanoi Veteran Business Association has carried out various practical charity activities and campaigns to help its members with special difficulties, making remarkable contributions to the development of the Association.

Also on this occasion, the city’s Association of Veteran Businesses awarded the “Soldiers with integration process” Golden Cup to 14 activists and members and “Golden Heart” Certificates to 21 other collectives and individuals to acknowledge their good deeds.

Source: HNM

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Veterans and former volunteers to visit old battlefields

In Politics-Society on March 10, 2010 at 8:03 am

Veterans and former volunteers to visit old battlefields

QĐND – Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 20:27 (GMT+7)

The Center for Education of History and Tradition under Vietnam Association of Science, Psychology and Education in coordination with the Liaison Committee of the Central Highlands B3 Front, the Army Corps No3, has organised a trip back to old battlefields to honour Vietnamese heroic martyrs.

136 veterans and former volunteers and representatives of families who had given outstanding service to the country, and officials from Hanoi, Quang Ninh, Bac Ninh, Thanh Hoa, Son La and Dac Nong provinces, will join the trip from March 6th to 13th.

Meanwhile, 130 other veterans also made a pilgrimage to the Central Highlands region to visit old battlefields and attend the ceremony to mark 35th anniversary of Buon Ma Thuot’s Liberation.

During the week-long trip, the delegation will visit historical places such as Quang Tri Ancient Citadel, Hue, Da Nang, Quang Ngai, Dang Thuy Tram Hospital, and several army units in the region.

Source: TPO

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

A volunteer Japanese teacher brings love to Vietnamese students

In Politics-Society on March 10, 2010 at 8:02 am

A volunteer Japanese teacher brings love to Vietnamese students

QĐND – Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 20:27 (GMT+7)

Iwai Hisane, a Japanese national, has decided to teach Physical Education and Fine Arts at the Ngo Sy Lien Primary School in Bac Giang City.

Iwai confided that she had survived from a difficult and expensive brain surgery six years ago. After recovery she made a decision to live and work in a strange country, considering it a “debt repayment” for the gift she had been given by God, and Vietnam was selected as her destination.

Iwai shared that she studied the history of Vietnam at the Aichi Pedagogy University and once visited Ho Chi Minh City. She has fallen in love with Vietnam since then.

Friendly Iwai inspires students very much. Her lectures encourage their creativeness and give them lots of fun.

“My classmates love her and her teaching is very good”, said Thai Lam and Ba Duy, students from class 1D.

The school’s teachers have been very friendly with Iwai, showing her how to cook Vietnamese food. Iwai said she love noodles with grilled meat from Hanoi most.

Source: TP

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Contest on designing lectures on e-learning announced

In Politics-Society on March 10, 2010 at 8:02 am

Contest on designing lectures on e-learning announced

QĐND – Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 11:9 (GMT+7)

PANO – On March 8, the Ministry of Education and Training sent  a directive to provincial Education Departments and Training and educational institutions nationwide to inform them of a contest on designing lectures on e-Learning for the 2009-2010 school year.

Teachers of secondary, upper secondary schools; continuing education centers; students from universities and colleges will contest in 12 subjects; namely Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English, Computer Science, Literature, History, Geography, Civics, Technology and Art suitable with their training programs.

Besides, there will also be contests exclusively for e-Learning websites, electronic textbooks and virtual experiments.

Translated by Hai Linh

Source: QDND