VietNamNet Bridge – 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 Viet 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 Viet Nam in the 2005-15 period (literal translation).” It was authored by a post-graduate … [Read more...] about PhDs in Vietnam: Just what does the doctor order?
Changing mindset in the workplace
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
Centres aim to promote innovative startupsAt the opening ceremonyThe Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) inaugurated an innovative start-up centre in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on April 17. Vietnamese businesses to explore opportunities in MalaysiaLogistics firms asked to strengthen connectivityBusinesses run by disabled people seek ways to growSamsung helps Vietnam train experts in support industryHDBank to pay 35 per cent dividend Sacombank ATMs offer free overseas remittance to customers SAM Holdings to focus on financial investment Motorcycle sales in first quarter grow slightlyEcopark shines at national property awards 2018Vietbank targets $13.1m in gross profit The Viet Nam Thuong Tin Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Vietbank) targets pre-tax profits of VND300 billion (US$13.1 million) this year and plans to increase its charter capital by over VND1 trillion ($43.8 million). According … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 21/4
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
VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese mid-level personnel's strengths are not competitive advantages compared to that of their Thai and Singaporean peers in the ASEAN Economic Community, jobs agency Navigos Search has said in a report it released on Wednesday. In a self-evaluation, the Vietnamese said they are hard-working and have the ability to learn and adapt quickly to changes while their Thai counterparts said they have the ability to work independently and solve problems. Singaporeans said their strengths are better English, a global mindset and the ability to work independently. The report concluded that mid-level Vietnamese executives lack the confidence to work in other countries in the AEC. Sixty seven per cent of the Vietnamese managers and directors polled said they need to improve their English and create or update their profiles on social networking sites. Most attractive Singapore is the most attractive destination for Vietnamese and Thai managers and directors to … [Read more...] about Mid-level managers can’t compete in region: report