Tuition fee in subsidized schools is VND700,000 – VND900,000 higher than the year before. For instance, students in these school will pay VND9.8 million; VND11.7 million and VND14.3 million for different majors in 2021. In spite of this, present tuition fee in Vietnam is still lower than that in other nations in the world. According to the governmental decree No.86, from 2015 to 2021, ceiling fee of social science, economy, law, agriculture, forestry, fishery in state-run schools is VND18.5 million($797.1) a year from now to 2020 and it will be VND20.05 million a year from 2021. Meanwhile, students majoring in natural science, technology, sports, arts and music, hospitality and tourism pay VND22 million to VND24 million, students of medicine and pharmacy school pay VND46 million to VND50.05 million for an academic year. Twenty three self-financing schools have raised tuition fee from 2015 as per a road map set by the Prime Minister and did not exceed the government’s ceiling rate regulation. Students’ tuition fee is school chief collection. Consequently, low tuition fee will not guarantee training quality resulting in low human resource compared to other countries in the globe. Nevertheless, tuition fee is a controversial issue because some people oppose to fee hike for fearing that it will make impact on students from poor families. With the present fee, self-financing schools are able to pay lecturers and purchase supplies let alone to investment for future development. Fear that raised tuition fee will be barrier for poor students is partly true…. [Read full story]
A requirement on students’ height set by the Ho Chi Minh City University of Teachers’ Training has sparked debate. illustrative image In the new student recruitment announcement, HCM City University of Teachers’ Training stated that the minimum overall height requirements for male students would be 155 cm and 150 cm for female students. Many people have opposed the new rule, saying that size has no relevance in terms of communication skills or teaching. A teacher in District 5 said her height was only 147cm but she had been a teacher for 20 years so height requirement was not necessary. Huynh Van Son, deputy head of HCM City University of Teachers’ Training, said height requirement was a part of their supposed health standards and had been applied since 2008. Moreover, the average height of Vietnamese males and females at 20 years old have increased to 164.44cm and 153.43cm respectively from 2009 to 2010. “This shows that the requirement is practical,” he claimed. “We want students who love the job and can meet the requirements. We won’t let the height requirement stop anyone from entering the university. For special cases, we’ll see if the students have the passion and ability for the future work.” Nguyen Thi Kim Phung, director of the Higher Education Department, said since more autonomy had been given to the universities, they could set up their own criteria, however, they must ensure students’ ability and competitiveness in the job market. “We’ve asked the university to explain and review their… [Read full story]
Thanh An Junior and Senior High School Principal Luong Van Minh said that the newly-built school was opened in the academic year 2018-2019 to help preventing dropouts who could not boat to the mainland for continuing study after junior graduation. Long and difficult path to schools in mainland to go plus ferry closure in rainy days are culprits of high rate of dropouts in Can Gio for years. For the academic year 2016-2017, branch of Can Thanh Senior High School was opened in the Can Thanh Junior High School premises in Thanh An Island commune; however, 28 tenth graders still had to go to mainland schools for some extra-activities; therefore, many students unfinished their pursuit of studying because of its poor facilities and shortage of teachers. For the school year 2018-2019, the newly-constructed senior high school with six classes, playing yard and library, rooms for learning computer and other rooms was built in the island. For preparation of the new school teaching staff, the municipal Department of Education and Training announced recruitment plan since July, 2018. A few days after the announcement, many teachers volunteered to work in the island. One of them was a 24-year-old girl, Tran Thi Tra My, who had taught in a private senior high school in Binh Thanh District. Her friends worried at her decision to work in Can Gio Island because she has no experience in living in an island. My recalled that she firstly arrived in the island on a rainy day… [Read full story]
Thirty six high schools in New Zealand took part in the scholarship program in order to encourage Vietnamese talents to discover good education in New Zealand with the different scholarship levels of 100 percent, 50 percent, and 30 percent for the first school year. Vietnam is the only country to receive these scholarships, according to Education New Zealand (ENZ) aiming to strengthen the education relationship between the two countries. On the occasion, ENZ and Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training signed a Memorandum of Understanding on education cooperation. As per the Memorandum, there will be numerous cooperation programs including fresher courses and exchanges to develop skills and knowledge for Vietnamese students, teachers and education managers in New Zealand. By MINH QUAN – Translated by HAI SON Tags: New Zealand scholarships New Zealand schools Vietnamese high-schoolers Education New Zealand (ENZ)
To maintain and further this rate, VNU-HCM is now piloting a new center for molecular and nanoarchitecture research, known as the Center for Innovative Materials and Architectures (INOMAR). It is expected that this center will foster the publication of new global articles in such renowned and prestigious journals like SCI or SCIE, with the average growth rate of 15 percent per year. According to Associate Professor Dr. Lam Quang Vinh, Head of the Department of Science and Technology in VNU-HCM, until November 2018, the university already published nearly 2,000 articles and conference reports in various fields, including more than 500 articles printed in international journals. Over 50 percent of those are ranked as Q1, higher than the mean national rate of 39 percent. In 2018, VNU-HCM was honored to enter the list of Top 701 – 750 Leading Universities in the World, thanks to its 45 programs and 13 programs meeting the ASEAN University Network – Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) and other international criteria, respectively. In the period from 2013 to September 2018, the revenues from technology transfer reached an average of VND200 billion per year (approx. $8.62 million). At the moment, VNU-HCM is finishing the procedure to register for 2 inventions in the US, one of which belongs to the VNU-HCM University of Technology and the other the VNU-HCM University of Science. If successful, VNU-HCM will become one of the three intellectual rights and technology transfer centers in Vietnam Associate Professor Dr. Dinh Duc Anh Vu, Head of the Department… [Read full story]
Police in the northern province of Phu Tho have launched an investigation into a local high school headmaster who has been accused of sexually abusing many boy students. According to Nguyen Van Manh, chairman of Thanh Son District People’s Committee, the district police have started the investigation into Thanh Son Ethnic Minority Boarding High School. Thanh Son Ethnic Minority Boarding School Son said that local authorities had only heard about the case through social networks and newspapers, and had not yet received any official accusations. At present, the school headmaster whose name has not yet been disclosed is still working. Pham The Anh, deputy head of Thanh Son District’s Police Department said that the agency is working with the local Department of Education and Training as well as the headmaster over the case. In May this year, the school co-operated with the local police on an awareness campaign over sexual and physical abuse.
At the congress, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and government leaders, competent agencies listened to students’ opinions. Chairman of Student Association of the National Pedagogy College Do Huu Huan raised question that a student can ask a maximum loan of VND1.5 million ($64.5) a month with interest rate of 0.55 percent while tuition fees in public self-financing higher education facilities are very high in comparison with other peer colleges. Additionally, not self-financing higher education facilities continue increasing annual school fee as per the government’s regulation with annual increase rate of 10 percent. Moreover, yearly cost of living and consumer price Index surge by 3-4 percent compared to the previous year putting financial pressure on students. A student must spend approximately VND4 million, student Huan said. Accordingly, he put forward a roadmap on loan for students in each period including consideration of different loan level for students of different schools. Deputy Director of the Bank for Social Policy Nguyen Van Ly totally agreed with Huan’s proposal saying that it is high time to assess the loan structure for students and loan tenor. The bank will listen to opinions to submit to the government. The congress also talked about social networks which have had great impact on students. Reactionary forces usually take advantage of social networks to popularize information against the government to downgrade trust in the government and the party amongst students. Chairman of the Student Association of Law University student Tran Viet Anh put a question about issuance procedure… [Read full story]
The Skills and Knowledge for Inclusive Economic Growth Project, supported by a $75 million loan from ADB, will provide advanced training equipment to 16 national TVET institutes. In collaboration with the business community, these upgrades will enhance the quality of training programs for advanced skills in key growth areas, such as electronics, mechanics, biotechnology, automation, and automotive. In addition, a $3 million grant financed by the Government of Japan will complement these activities by strengthening the quality of the so-called soft skills—such as the ability to communicate, teamwork, and problem-solve—and developing demand-driven short-term skills programs for women and youth in disadvantaged communities. “With more than 60% of the population under age 35, Viet Nam has the potential to help deliver high and sustainable economic growth,” said ADB Senior Social Sector Specialist Ms. Sakiko Tanaka. “To help realize this potential, this project aims to help ensure Viet Nam’s labor force has the skills and knowledge necessary to increase their competitiveness and productivity for the global market.” Viet Nam has enjoyed sustained economic growth in recent years, becoming one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia. However, the country is currently facing a shortage of skilled labor, and its labor productivity is lower than its neighbors in Southeast Asia—7.5 percent of Singapore’s and 17 percent of Malaysia’s in 2015, for instance. A survey by Viet Nam’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry said TVET graduates lack industry-specific skills and other soft skills. The project is expected to benefit about 75,000 students by… [Read full story]
Vietnamese contestants bagged four gold medals at the 15th International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) held in Botswana from December 2-10. The Vietnamese team comprised six students who are all the 10th graders from the Hanoi Amsterdam High School for the Gifted. The Vietnamese team participated in the contest The four gold medals belong to Nguyen Manh Quan, Vu Quynh Chi, Nguyen Tran Mai Phuong and Nguyen Le Thao Anh. Meanwhile, Tran Dinh Quan won two silvers and another silver was earned by La Trieu Duong. The Vietnamese team won a bronze medal in the olympiad. IJSO is a competition in science for students who are 15 years and younger. It aims to promote interest in science among school students, exposing them to problem-solving, critical thinking and experimentation. IJSO is held in the first week of December of every year, in different countries. Currently, around 50 member countries participate every year. This year’s event attracted 276 students from 44 countries and territories. This was the 9th year the Hanoi Department of Education and Training authorised by the Ministry of Education and Training to select students for the contest.
The event, a playground for student, will take place in Dam Sen Cultural Park. Primary school students, junior and senior high schoolers, members of clubs and groups are eligible to take park in the festival. Each school can register to participate with one or more teams. Teams of cheerleaders, Aerobic dances should draw audience’s excitement. They can hold pomp oms, loudspeakers, flags in combination with dancing and other techniques. By MINH QUAN – Translated by ANH QUAN