Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tiến Dũng at the press briefing after the Government meeting on Wednesday. — VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — Government officials Wednesday provided further details to the media regarding matters of concern among the public recently. Answering reporters’ queries at the Government meeting for August, officials addressed a number of topics. Regarding the Đông Đô University case, where since 2016 certificates of English language proficiency for thousands of people without the need to take classes or sit for exams, Major General Nguyễn Duy Ngọc, Deputy Minister of Public Security, said the criminal proceedings have begun against five people. Earlier, the ministry issued an arrest warrant against Trần Khắc Hùng, 47, chairman of the Board of Directors and head of the Training Institute at Đông Đô University on … [Read more...] about Officials quizzed on hot topics
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Thousands of Cambodian citizens in Phnom Penh gather on May 2, 1983, to bid farewell to Vietnamese volunteer soldiers of the Military Unit 4 -- Cửu Long Military Corps after they completed their mission in Cambodia. — VNA File Photo By George Campbell, former copy-editor at Vietnam News Agency I arrived in Hà Nội for the first time on 2nd December 1978 to replace Chris Ray as an English-language specialist at the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) working on the daily English news bulletin. I flew into what did not look like an international airport. The plane passed over numerous bomb craters before landing a good walk from a warehouse-type structure that served as a terminal near the bombed makeshift airport buildings. I was greatly moved as I was visually confronted by the consequences of the war I had read about and seen on TV. It took 45 minutes to successfully connect to VNA by radio telephone and a lot longer for a Soviet-style jeep to pick me up. … [Read more...] about Writing history in Việt Nam
Party, State leader warns of complacency General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam and President Nguyễn Phú Trọng speaks at the Government’s meeting with localities yesterday. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam and President Nguyễn Phú Trọng acknowledged Viet Nam’s 2018 socio-economic development achievements but warned against self-satisfaction at the Government’s meeting with localities yesterday. Trọng noted the country still faced many difficulties and challenges due to unpredictable regional and global developments and latent risks in the world economy, especially in finance, monetary and exports due to impacts of trade wars, along with problems in the economy and social affairs. The Party and State leader underlined main tasks for 2019, including consolidating the macro-economy, controlling inflation, improving capacity to respond to abnormal market developments, … [Read more...] about Government News 30/12
At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
After announcements that the format of the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) will be renewed from February next year, hundreds of students have been waking up early and lining up in front of the IIG Vietnam office in District 3 from 4 a.m. onwards over the past few days to register for the exam. Currently, IIG Vietnam is the only official representative of the U.S.-based Educational Testing Service, which has been authorized to organize the TOEIC exam in the country. Images and videos have gone viral on social media, showing scores of exam-takers standing in line from 4 a.m. during the weekends awaiting their turn to register for the TOEIC test and the crowds were still going strong until Monday. Candidates fill up the stair of the IMG Vietnam's office in District 3 waiting to take the exam. Photo by Nguyen Duc on Facebook Explaining the reason for the early exam registration, many students said that they were worried about the updates as they were familiar … [Read more...] about At 4 am, Saigon students queue up to register for English exam