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PM urges state-run businesses to improve operational effectiveness

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Central Highlands provinces improve cooperation

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 2:21 am

Measures to improve rubber exports

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Universities told to improve their training

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 8:05 am

Improvements in Vietnam’s tertiary education must be in line with rules, appropriate to the reality and encourage creativity, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan.

Students of Ho Chi Minh City University of Science in a class

He made the statement at a meeting of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) held on September 1 in Ha Noi to review the 2009-10 academic year and launch plans for the new academic year.

Deputy PM Nhan urged universities to continue improving the standard of teachers so that those at universities have higher qualifications than bachelor degrees.
He asked universities and colleges to foster training based on the demand of the society, and their current capacity to deliver education in certain core subjects.
Each school should offer at least one core subject demanded by the market, and also place emphasis on a subject which is its forte to offer according to international standards, he added.
He also stressed importance of evaluating instructors, which will ensure teaching quality. He said schools also need to send teachers abroad for training.

Tran Thi Ha, director of MOET’s Department of Higher Education, said there remained many weaknesses in tertiary education management. These included a lack of proper legal documents on higher education management, qualified teachers and poor infrastructure.

Some universities and colleges did not follow the compulsory regulations on reporting to MOET, with 39 per cent of the country’s universities and colleges having failed to file a report.

Representatives of universities and colleges at the meeting said current financial mechanism has caused difficulties for the tertiary education sector, adding that school fees are too low to cover training costs, and allocation of State budget for the sector is unequal.

Schools asked the ministry to give them more independence in terms of finance, infrastructure facilities, teaching and learning conditions, and enrollment.

Participants at the meeting also raised the issue of universities co-operating with foreign educational institution without asking for permission from MOET.

Nguyen Xuan Vang, director of the International Training Department, said that the ministry would issue new regulations to ensure stricter control.

Source: SGGP

Tourism sector needs to improve workforce quality: deputy PM

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 11:21 am

It is necessary to raise the quality of the tourism workforce to maintain the sector’s growth rate and ensure the sustainable development of the country’s tourism, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan (L) at the tourism exhibition in Hanoi on August 17. (Photo:

With a long coastline and many beautiful beaches, Vietnam has rich potential to develop tourism, but the lack of professionalism of the industry as well as poor workforce have restrained the sector’s development, said Deputy PM Nhan at the second National Conference on Tourism Human Resource Training on August 17 in Hanoi.

According a report from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, 30 % of the industry workforce has not yet graduated from senior high school. Only 43% of the people in the sector were trained professionally while 57% were trained in non-tourism fields.

The number of staff in the sector knowing at least one foreign language is greater than other sectors, at 48%, but the ratio is not high since it is an everyday thing to use foreign languages to serve international travellers.

Most Vietnamese tour guides mainly know English but for other languages, there is a minority of people having a good command of them.
Mai Tien Dung, deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said 45 percent of tour guides fail to meet the requirements of tour operations and standard in English.

The same situation also occurred in Ho Chi Minh City, which attracts 65 percent of total international tourism and holds 24 percent of the industry workforce nationwide.

Despite improvements in quality and quantity, the tourism industry workforce has not met the requirements of the market economy, especially in terms of professionalism and command of foreign languages, said Dung.

According to Can Tho Province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, of 17,000 laborers working in the industry, nearly 900 laborers have bachelor and master’s degrees.

Deputy PM Nhan said that to improve workforce quality, it is necessary to enhance training quality as well as strengthen cooperation between tourist agencies and schools. Schools provide basic knowledge, so tour guides have to improve themselves through practices in tourist agencies, he added.

La Quoc Khanh, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said laborers need to be trained both schools and tourist agencies.

Deputy PM Nhan suggested that each tourist agency needs to own at least one training center to help training and job skills improvement.

The country now has over 284 tourism training schools including 62 universities, 80 junior colleges and 117 vocational schools. Tourism schools mostly provide training in cooking and hotel room, table, bar and reception services, while tourism colleges have developed in recent years with teachers mostly coming from other subjects.

Expert forecasted that the tourism industry needs 1.5 to 2 million laborers by 2015. Hotel services alone need 185,632 people by 2010 and 250,000 by 2015 compared to 115,050 in 2005. Meanwhile, travel and transport services need several tens of thousands of laborers.

Between 2011 and 2015, tourism centers will be upgraded to meet international standards and international schools will be allowed to provide tourism training services in Vietnam.

However, experts said the strategy should be detailed to make it effective and suited to conditions in Vietnam.


Source: SGGP

Vietnamese and Laotian provinces improve ties

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Vietnamese and Laotian provinces improve ties

QĐND – Saturday, August 07, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

PANO – A high-ranking delegation, led by Khamphoi Butdavieng, Governor of the Sekong Province in Laos, had a working visit to the central province of Thua Thien – Hue.

Mr. Ho Xuan Man, the Thua Thien-Hue Provincial Party Committee Secretary, met with the Laotian delegation and the two sides reviewed activities and programs carried out by the two provinces over the past years.

In 2009, the Vietnamese province offered 60 tonnes of rice and VND 100 million to help the Laotian province overcome the aftermath of storms.

The two provinces also reviewed their border cooperation, such as the building of the Ta Vang check point and a road, at a cost of VND 3.1 billion by Thua Thien – Hue, for the Laotian province.

The two provinces worked together to survey and erect 13 border milestones, and. they also sent groups to protect the border milestones.

Since 2002, Thua Thien-Hue has helped a Laotian hamlet provide free healthcare and medicines to hundreds of patients, offered tens of tonnes of rice and built a school for local residents. Colleges and universities in Thua Thien-Hue have also provided training for 46 Laotian students.

At the meeting, the two sides agreed to continue their activities and programs to improve socio-economic development in the two provinces.

The two sides will continue to work together in agriculture, forestry and tourism and Thua Thien-Hue will keep on providing healthcare and training to Sokong people.

The two provinces are planning to complete a project to build border milestones in 2011, and put the A Dot – Ta Vang border gate into operation at the end of this year.

Sekong will continue to help Thua Thien-Hue to search for Vietnamese soldiers and specialists who died in the Laotian province during the war, and provide 20 cubic metres of wood to build a dormitory for Laotian students in the Hue Pedagogy College.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Education sector told to improve standards through management

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Education sector told to improve standards through management

QĐND – Saturday, July 31, 2010, 21:21 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s education sector must improve its management if it is to raise standards, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said on July 29 at a meeting in Hanoi.

In the 2009-10 academic year, about 92.57 percent of high school students passed the graduation exam – 8.97 percent higher than in the previous school year.

Nhan attributed the improvement to management programmes that had been introduced that academic year.

High school principals around the country underwent re-training courses that focused on leadership, while education managers learned how to adapt to being financially independent.

They were also told how to best promote their school’s achievements in terms of training quality, finance, infrastructure facilities and teaching/learning conditions.

Nhan said the Ministry of Education and Training should continue to implement programmes designed to boost educational management.

He said the focus should be on implementing new programmes for pre-schools that included a combination of different teaching methods, the application of e-learning, extra-training for students who were performing badly and boosting the management skills of staff.

Nhan also urged the ministry to work with provincial authorities on developing schools for gifted students to provide high-quality human resources for the country’s development, and said greater emphasis should be placed on foreign-language learning.

Education and Training Deputy Minister Nguyen Vinh Hien said at the meeting that up to 96.4 percent of pre-schools now apply information technology, while 82.8 percent are connected to the internet.

Secondary schools now meet universal standards, while more than half of all pre-schools have adopted educational programmes.

However, despite improvements in education, Hien said schools had yet to meet national development demand. He also said there was a teacher shortage, a lack of infrastructure, a high drop-out rate and too much emphasis placed on passive learning.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

VN getting $70 mln loans from ADB to improve vocational training

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:48 pm

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Friday it was providing US$70 million in loans for a Vietnam working skill enhancement project to improve vocational training in priority industries.

The project will fund training programs in public and private vocational colleges in automotive technology, electrical and mechanical manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, information and communication technology, and navigation and shipping industries, all of which currently lack sufficient skilled workers, the Manila-based bank said.

This file photo shows a university graduation ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City. The Asian Development Bank says it is providing US$70 million in loans for a working skill enhancement project in Vietnam. (Photo: Thuy Nguyen)

Around 24,000 students are expected to benefit from the program, with about 25% of them women and members of ethnic minority groups, according to the lender.

“Vietnam’s long-term prosperity and development depends on its increasing competitiveness in regional and global markets, and if it is to expand as an industrialized country, it must develop highly skilled industrial workers,” Wendy Duncan, principal education specialist in ADB’s Southeast Asia Department, said in this Friday statement.

The project will provide management and instructor training to upgrade skills and improve planning and allocation of resources, and will also help develop new curricula and training materials, with support from the industries, according to ADB.

The lender said credit would be also made available to approved private colleges to upgrade their equipment and facilities, with institutions expected to borrow up to US$3 million to US$4 million each.

The project aims to address gender inequity by including programs in information and communication technology, hospitality and tourism where females are well represented.

These $70 million loans come from ADB’s concessional Asian Development Fund. The bank’s assistance includes a regular ADF of $50 million equivalent with a 32-year term and grace period of 8 years, with annual interest of 1% per annum during the grace period, and 1.5% for the balance of the term.

A second 32-year loan of $20 million will be made available for on-lending to private vocational colleges, with an annual interest charge of 2.22% per annum.

The Vietnamese Government will contribute US$8 million for a total project cost of $78 million, ADB said.

The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs will be the executing agency for the project which is expected to be completed by August 2015.

Source: SGGP

ADB agrees $60 mln loans to help Vietnam improve healthcare

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said it approved on Tuesday US$60 million in loans for Vietnam to help the country improve its health services.

The lender said the loans are for the Vietnam Health Human Resources Sector Development Program, which is co-financed with an US$11 million grant from the Government of Australia.

ADB said the program gives priorities to poor, remote communities which lack skilled workers and quality health facilities.

(File) A doctor (R) examines an old woman in the southern province of Tay Ninh (Photo: Tay Ninh Red Cross website)

“The program will improve health care services for the poor in remote communities by strengthening the capacity of health facilities, training institutions and health workers to serve their special needs,” Sjoerd Postma, senior health specialist in ADB’s Southeast Asia Department, said in Tuesday’s statement.

The bank said a US$30 million program loan will support reforms such as the Law on Examination and Treatment to govern the operation of health facilities and the registration and practice of health professionals; a new plan to upgrade teaching institutions; and the adoption of new models for costing and managing service delivery in district hospitals.

Another US$30 million project loan will support investments linked to planned policy actions in key sector institutions.

Both loans are from ADB’s concessional Asian Development Fund.

ADB said it has financed six health projects in Vietnam, but this is the first sector development program.

“The program approach gives ADB an opportunity to support policy reforms with accompanying investments to address critical quality, efficiency and human resource constraints,” the bank said.

The Ministry of Health is the executing agency for the program and associated project, which is expected to be completed by end December 2015.

Source: SGGP

Firms offer staff free holidays to relieve stress, improve work

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Firms offer staff free holidays to relieve stress, improve work

QĐND – Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 22:32 (GMT+7)

Many businesses have started offering their employees free holiday tours as a bonus instead of giving them money.

Organising free holiday tours for staff aims to help employees relax and work more effectively. Holiday packages also help forge closer relationships between companies and their staff, experts said.

Travelling can help staff members deal with stress and work more effectively after they return from their vacation.

Besides, many companies also combine training courses with tour programmes. These training courses are usually made of short presentations made by experts to help staff acquire more soft skills.

In 2008, HCM City organised a tour to Singapore for the city’s hygiene workers, who had done exceptionally well at their jobs.

Pham Phuong Thao, chairwoman of the HCM City People’s Council, said that the tour to Singapore for hygiene staff reflects the city’s gratitude during the year of “making the city civilised”.

Sony Electronics Vietnam organised a tour to China for more than 200 employees. The leader of this company said that the tour helped the staff to not only relax, but also improved their professional knowledge about how to work with foreign experts.

Nguyen Cuong, director of the An An food frozen company at the Tan Tao Industrial Park, said that “instead of giving a bonus of 3 million VND (150 USD) to 48 workers, the company tries to spend a little more money to offer them a free tour to Singapore, which brings them a lot of joy and motivation with work.”

Most businesses usually offer both domestic and international tours for their staff, which primarily take place during the summer.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND