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Vietnam sets up Natural Resources and Environment University

Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Manh Hien said the university was to provide sufficient human resources of high quality for the sector’s development.

US professors seek to boost education cooperation

The delegation was received on Jan. 10 by President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Vu Xuan Hong, who informed the US scholars about the country’s socio-economic development and bilateral relations, especially in the economy, trade, education and training.

English language teaching needs serious improvement

Experts said at a workshop held last week at the University of Pedagogy that the pilot project, which began implementation in the ongoing academic year, would require at least 15,000 qualified English teachers at the beginning. The number will rise very year, they said, adding it would reach 30,000-40,000 eventually.

Online games remain headache for schools

The survey, by the municipal Department of Education and Training showed that student use of the internet for entertainment remains high. The department's random checks on 370,390 students from over 1,120 schools showed that more than 82 per cent go to internet gaming shops from one to six times per week to play online games. Of these, nearly 14 per cent can not help entering internet gaming shops eight times per week and 3.4 per cent admit to going more than ten times per week.

Nation creates advanced mathematics institute

The institute, to be established in Ha Noi, aims to become a leading research centre allowing Vietnamese mathematicians to develop projects and nurture young talent. The Prime Minister has instructed the Ministry of Finance to source funding for the institute's operations. The Ha Noi People's Committee would be responsible for providing the institute's office.

Smaller classes may be part of future

Class size will be reduced to 20 students, and teaching staff will have to meet both ethical and professional qualifications.

Progress in education

More than one-third of the budget, around VND370 trillion ($18.5 billion), was spent on pre-school and primary education. Dang Hoa Nam, deputy director of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Child Care and Protection Department said that the investment was reflected in the vastly improved educational infrastructure. "This attributed to the increased number of students and teachers at different levels of education every year," he said.

WB assists tertiary education development in VN

This phase aims to modernise higher education and meet the demand for high-quality human resources, serving the country’s industrialisation and modernisation. Speaking at the ceremony, SBV Governor Nguyen Van Giau spoke highly of WB’s efforts in supporting Vietnam ’s education development, especially tertiary education.

German textbooks gifted to National Library

Textbooks on law, economics, and engineering purchased by the German Foreign Affairs Ministry, have been selected by the Goethe Institute in Ha Noi and the library. Earlier, the library and the Goethe Institute signed a memorandum of co-operation focused on improving the standards of human resources working in the library and archiving sector.

Delta seeks to stop dropouts

The dropout rate at primary schools in the Delta at the beginning of this school year is 0.34 per cent; junior high schools, 2.28 per cent; and senior high schools, 3.58 per cent. Soc Trang, An Giang, Dong Thap, Bac Lieu and Long An provinces have the highest dropout rate at junior and senior high schools in the Delta.

Universities urged to implement new education model

At the two-day workshop that ends today, Dr.Nguyen Duc Nghia, head of the Viet Nam National University-HCM City, said the university in January began implementing an eight-year pilot CDIO project. The project is taking place at the VNU's University of Technology's Mechanical Engineering Faculty and the University of Natural Science's Information Technology.

93.4% of manpower in Vietnam Mekong Delta untrained

The Mekong Delta encompasses 13 cities and provinces which cover an area of four million hectares and boast a population of approximately 18 million, accounting for 22% of the country’s total population. However, it ranks the seventh among regions in the rate of untrained workforce. The region now has 11 universities and 27 colleges and 35 vocational training schools, but they fail to meet increasing demand for trained workforce.

Lecturers told to use teaching methods that foster creativity

At the workshop on teaching methods, speakers noted that the Ministry of Education and Training had asked universities nationwide to apply new methodologies in the classroom. However, rote learning, with students only listening to lectures and not asking questions, was still the predominant method used at the university level, according to Dr. Pham Duc Chinh of the University of Economics and Law under Viet Nam National University-HCM City. Chinh said the traditional methods encouraged only passive learning, with many students unwilling to do research in the library or Internet.

Higher education audit plagued by inexperience

A total of 185 out of more than 400 universities and colleges across the country have completed the self-assessment review. The Ministry of Education and Training plans that by 2015, 90 per cent of universities and colleges will have completed the work. The self-assessment review started at the beginning of 2008, and is intended to improve university and college quality in terms of syllabus, facilities and student results. However, most academic staff taking part in the survey claimed that the review was an unfamiliar process.

Educational institutions to be moved out of inner-cities

"The relocation is necessary and will contribute to the improvement of teaching," said Deputy Minister of Education and Training Bui Van Ga. Universities located in Ha Noi's inner urban areas would be partly or completely relocated to eight university-college zones in suburban areas. The decision comes as part of the capital's construction master plan towards 2030 proposed by the Ministry of Construction.


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