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In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 9:25 am

RMIT engineers to benefit from new Intel-funded computer lab

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2010 at 11:21 am

Intel Corporation has agreed to fund the creation of a specialised new high-tech computer laboratory for students signing on for RMIT International University Vietnam’s new masters program in engineering.

Under an agreement between Intel and RMIT Vietnam, Intel will provide approximately VND4 billion (US$210,000) to develop a specialised laboratory for its Master of Engineering (Electronic & Computer Engineering) program at the Saigon South campus.

Intel Vietnam’s general manager Rick Howarth (L) and RMIT Vietnam President Merilyn Liddell sign an agreement.(Photo: Coutersy of RMIT)

The electronic and computer engineering lab will have more than 30 workstations, a video conferencing system linked to RMIT’s engineering lab in Melbourne, Australia, and other resources such as test and measurement equipment and micro development systems to help students boost their engineering skills.

The agreement extends Intel’s previously announced commitment to provide 20 full scholarships in 2010 for RMIT Vietnam’s new Master of Engineering program.

“We are delighted at the commitment that Intel has made to our engineering students to achieve an international standard Masters degree here in Vietnam,” RMIT Vietnam President Professor Merilyn Liddell said at a contract signing ceremony.

“Along with current learning resources available at RMIT Vietnam, the lab sponsored by Intel will enhance students’ practical experience as well as giving them opportunities to interact more regularly with academic staff and students at RMIT Melbourne in Australia.”

At the event, RMIT also welcomed the new head of its Center of Technology, Professor Serge Demidenko, who will lead the new Master of Engineering program.

RMIT’s Master of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Engineering) is being established to help Vietnam achieve its goal of having enough international standard engineering graduates to meet vital industry and infrastructure development needs in coming years. Students of the first intake will have the chance to apply for scholarships provided by not only Intel, but also RMIT Vietnam and the Australian Government.

Each scholarship will cover the total tuition fee, including pre-program English program from Advanced level (if required), all course materials, a small stipend for living expenses and the opportunity to do an exchange semester in RMIT University, Australia.

Upon graduation in 2013, those students who receive Intel scholarships will join the engineer workforce at Intel’s largest Assembly and Test Factory based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The scholarship winners will study at Saigon South campus, starting in October this year.

The application closing date is August 14.  Those interested in applying for the first intake have been advised to act quickly.

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Source: SGGP

Bilingual education to benefit ethnic minorities

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Bilingual education to benefit ethnic minorities

QĐND – Thursday, July 22, 2010, 21:16 (GMT+7)

Bilingual education will help improve living conditions for Vietnamese ethnic minority communities, said Gay McDougall, an expert on minority issues for the United Nations, on July 21.

After spending a 10-day fact finding tour in Vietnam, McDougall said that equal access to education is one of the best ways of reducing poverty, as well as preserving and promoting the cultures, languages and identities of ethnic minorities.

With all 54 different ethnic groups having different languages, religions and cultural traits, Vietnam should give top priority to bilingual education, she said, adding that it helps children to gain better results at school, which is a firm foundation for their studies in the future.

She will submit a full report to Human Rights Council in March, 2011.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Projects expected to benefit disadvantaged people

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 at 8:45 am

The World Bank and the State Bank of Vietnam July 15 signed a credit of USD$ 100 million to create the Project Preparation Technical Assistance Facility Project, which will aim to speed up and improve the preparation phase public projects and curtail implementation delays that have become commonplace. 

Public investments in Vietnam generally, and infrastructure investments in particular, often face difficulties in keeping to schedule and are frequently delayed.

By the end of 2008, US$11 billion in funds from the Official Development Assistance (ODA) not yet been disbursed, and this figure could well increase unless project start-up delays are substantially reduced. This delay in investment implementation deprives the Vietnamese economy of substantial economic and social benefits.

As development projects will continue to be in high demand in all economic and social sectors, this new program has been designed to improve quality at entry, shorten preparation periods and increase the capacity of government agencies and the national consulting industry to produce project preparation documents of good quality within an acceptable timeframe.

“By improving the speed and quality of preparation work, the project is expected to accelerate project start-up and disbursements, thus enabling beneficiaries to quickly realize the economic and social benefits from investments supported through the project,” said Victoria Kwakwa, the World Bank Country Director for Vietnam.

The project is expected to be implemented from October 2010 to October 2015.  Funding for the project comes from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s source of funding for low-income countries.

Source: SGGP

Taliban could benefit from Afghan vote delay: US

In World on September 11, 2009 at 5:45 pm

A top US envoy warned in an interview broadcast Friday that a long delay in resolving controversies surrounding Afghan elections will only play into the hands of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

Richard Holbrooke, who is President Barack Obama‘s pointman for Afghanistan and Pakistan, was asked by the BBC whether it could create an unstable environment if counting from the August presidential election took months.

“I don’t think you’re going to have a process that’s drawn out that long, at least I hope not,” Holbrooke told the BBC in an interview.

“The beneficiary of that would be the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, and I need to underscore that… the beneficiary of any delays of the sort you’re talking about would be the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, and everybody understands that.”

US Special Representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke (second left) talks with electoral staff at a polling station in Kabul in August

The US State Department has said it could take months to determine the results from the August 20 election and sort through all the allegations of irregularities during Afghanistan’s second-ever direct presidential election.

Despite allegations of fraud and other abuses, Holbrooke said the process had to be supported and that scrapping the election was “out of the question”, saying the United States had been prepared for disputes over the poll.

“I agree that there were major irregularities in many areas and the election complaints commission is looking at those. We always knew there would be problems,” Holbrooke told the BBC.

“A re-run of the whole election? Ain’t going to happen,” he said.

Afghanistan’s vote monitoring body on Thursday ordered for the first time that ballots be scrapped from 83 polling stations finding “clear and convincing evidence of fraud”.

So far, President Hamid Karzai is on track to win a second term in office with more than 54 percent of the votes that have been released so far.

Holbrooke paid tribute to Karzai’s main rival Abdullah Abdullah — trailing with less than 30 percent of the vote and who has alleged massive state-engineered fraud tried to buy the leader a second five-year term.

“He’s proved in this election that he’s a good politician with a formidable national base and I think he’s going to be a big factor in Afghanistan politics in the future whatever happens,” Holbrooke said.

Source: SGGP