NDO - The government has indicated that it will take a leading role so that Vietnam will not miss opportunities brought about by the 4th industrial revolution. But can Vietnamese enterprises, which are the most affected, take advantage of this technological trend? A not-so-distant vision Instead of using scientific jargon barely comprehensible to ordinary people, Le Chi Dung, director of CMC Corp’s Innovation Centre provides an easy-to-understand example of the 4th industrial revolution: A sensor installed inside a vending machine can tell immediately when a type of goods is out of stock, the amount of additional goods needed and the current status of the machine. A deliveryman from the company operating that machine will have accurate data to deliver the required goods and fix broken machines quickly. Meanwhile the company’s managers can monitor and analyse data in real time and made strategic decisions to enhance productivity based on data collected from sensors … [Read more...] about Vietnamese enterprises in the face of 4th industrial revolution
Changing mindset in the workplace
Vietnam's community of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) people has seen positive change in the society over the past five years, according to advocacy group ICS. Tran Khac Tung, director of the Ho Chi Minh City-based group for LGBT rights, said society has changed in their interaction with the community. “More LGBT people have become confident to live with their identity,” he said at a conference Tuesday to review five years of actions for LGBT rights. According to a survey of 3,214 LGBT people, 44 percent said they witnessed positive change in the society’s attitude towards them. Also, 37 percent said they were confident to come out. Twenty percent of the respondents said the government has begun to recognize them and 10 percent said there have been many official activities for their community. However, old cultural and social mores have deeply engraved in the mindset of many people as nearly half of the respondents said they are often victims of … [Read more...] about Vietnam sees positive change towards gay people: survey
Textbook editors in Vietnam have pledged to remove gender stereotypes and promote equality after being criticized for using content that appears to perpetuate gender discrimination in the classroom, participants at a conference in Hanoi said Monday. A study of 76 textbooks covering six subjects from 1st to 12th grade found that of the 8,000 human characters mentioned in there, 58 percent were male and 41 percent were female, said Tran Kim Tu, a senior official from the Ministry of Education and Training, citing the study conducted by the ministry and UNESCO. Up to 95 percent of examples of famous and important figures were male, according to the study. Men and boys account for 51 percent of the characters in elementary textbooks, but up to 81 percent in textbooks for high school students, it said. The career options for men are also much more diverse than they are for women in the textbooks. Men are portrayed as doctors, scientists, engineers, police, … [Read more...] about Sexist school textbooks holding back gender equality in Vietnam: report
Promoting gender equality needs the involvement of all Gender equality on UN agenda Campaign for LGBT rights in the workplace launched Report praises VN for promoting LGBTI people's rights PM approves programme to promote gender equality in schools, businesses Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers about the growing gender inequality in Viet Nam after the latest sex ratio climbed to 114 boys to 100 girls. Here are some of their comments. Nguyen Thi Chuc, Bac Ninh Naturally, giving birth to a boy or a girl was not a human choice but today, due to high-tech development in science, particularly in medical care, interference into human fertility has helped parents to give birth to healthy children, even choose their gender. In my own opinion, it has particularly impacted on the gender gap. Giving financial reward to families that only have daughters actually cannot help solve the problem, instead it more or less promotes gender discrimination. Why? I believe finance is not a … [Read more...] about Growing gender inequality in VN?
By Trọng Kiên Whatever the merits or demerits of the recent brouhaha over a PhD dissertation, the time is opportune to take a seriously critical look at some post-graduate academic practices and “traditions” in the country. While this topic merits a PhD thesis (and more) on its own, it is pertinent to highlight some problematic salient features, given that a failure to address them urgently will have far-reaching negative consequences. It would qualitatively weaken Việt Nam’s efforts to further its international integration process, not to mention deepen a crisis of confidence in the nation’s higher education system. The doctoral dissertation that attracted the latest controversy was titled “Letter Art in Book Cover Designs in Việt Nam in the 2005-15 period (literal translation).” It was authored by a post-graduate researcher at the Việt Nam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies. When the photographs of the … [Read more...] about PhDs in Việt Nam: Just what does the doctor order?