VietNamNet Bridge – More and more scientists leave research institutes for enterprises, where they can find better jobs. How will the scientific research institutes operate without scientists? The story about Dr. LPH has been well known to many biologists. Finishing the Hanoi Agriculture University, he became a researcher at the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, who got the monthly salary of VND180,000 and tens of thousands of dong in allowances. Meanwhile, LPH’s friends, who graduated school at the same time, earned more than VND1 million a month. Later, LPH obtained the master degree in Belgium and the doctorate in biology in Vietnam. In 2007, LPH obtained another doctorate in Germany. However, the two doctorates could not help LPH earn more money. At that time, he received more than VND2 million a month in fixed salary and VND100,000 in expenses for business trips per day. In late 2007, LPH decided to leave the academy after many years of devoting himself to … [Read more...] about Vietnam faces serious brain-drain
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Many overseas Vietnamese scientists have been returning to the country in recent years to work in education and research, and they are troubled by the indifference shown towards both pure science and their return. Educational institutions needed to be more enthusiastic about pure science or the country would suffer a severe brain drain that could last for a long time, Saigon Tiep Thi reported them as saying during a visit for a conference last month. Renowned scientists Trinh Xuan Thuan, Dam Thanh Son, and Pham Quang Hung were among those who attended the seventh "Rencontres du Vietnam" (Meeting Vietnam) and expressed concern. Vietnamese-American astrophysicist Thuan, a winner of the 2009 Kalinga Award from UNESCO, visited many universities around the country and made presentations to students on astronomy, arousing interest among the youngsters, who learn almost nothing about astronomy in school. The University of Virginia professor said he was worried by the "practical view" … [Read more...] about Overseas Vietnamese warn about brain drain due to indifference to science
Vietnamese enterprises may well face a shortage of mid-level personnel from the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), according to a report released recently by Navigos Search and its parent group, en world group, focusing on Vietnamese, Thai, and Singaporean candidates. Forty-eight per cent of Vietnamese respondents to the survey said they would move to their chosen country if they have the opportunity, compared to 32 per cent and 40 per cent for Thai and Singaporean respondents, respectively. Although this data is from a survey conducted on a company-level scale, it anticipates a mid-term prospect where once Vietnamese mid-level candidates are confident and ready to look for job opportunities in regional countries, enterprises in Vietnam may have face a shortage of such candidates with the requisite expertise and experience. On the one hand, the readiness of mid-level Vietnamese personnel to work in regional countries and to settle in their chosen … [Read more...] about “Brain drain” a problem from AEC
VietNamNet Bridge - Skilled workers may leave Vietnam for other markets where they can get higher pay, while those who stay may not find jobs because they are less competitive than workers from TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) countries. Vietnam’s labor productivity is at the bottom of the list of 12 TPP countries. According to the World Bank (WB), Vietnam has a 3.79/10 scores for its labor force quality, ranking 11th out of 12 Asian countries in WB’s ranking. A report of the International Labor Organization (ILO) showed that Vietnam’s productivity is 15 times lower than Singapore’s, 11 times lower than Japan’s and 10 times lower than South Korea. Nearly 18 percent of Vietnamese workers in 2013 did not undergo any training course, while the figure has been 19.5 percent in 2015. “It will be a blunder for Vietnam if it considers the low labor cost as its competitive advantage,” said Hoa Huu Lan from the Hanoi Institute for … [Read more...] about Experts warn about brain drain after TPP takes effect
Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by the editor. What measures Viet Nam should take to avoid brain drain? The story of a man who earned a scholarship to study in the Netherlands back in 2005 has sparked public interest following his return to work at the Can Tho University of Technology. He is among the few young talented people who have decided to return to Viet Nam after finishing their studies abroad. However, he came into conflict with the school after being denied the time to attend a conference, using his own money, shortly after he started working for the school. The reasons for this have been blamed on different mindsets and mentalities. The Ministry of Education and Training has revealed that up to 70 per cent of students who study abroad did not return after graduation. Better employment opportunities with higher incomes, advanced working conditions and better living conditions are the main reasons. Many people … [Read more...] about What do you think about the brain drain?