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
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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
Encouragement from VIR’s partners Pereric Hogberg - Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam I met with so many impressive journalists in Vietnam. I think the best thing journalists can do is to try to listen to the real stories, to be open-minded and curious. It is about transparency, openness, curiosity, and being willing to write and discuss failures and challenges, because they are not the same as mistakes. My country, Sweden, has gone through so many failures, but we learned from them. I am most interested in real knowledge. Sometimes, I want to understand more about the fundamentals of the Vietnamese economy, what is really pushing and driving the value of the currency, inflation, and taxes. In Vietnam, it is a bit hard to know who is paying, who is paying what, and what the services are. Phyllis Tan - Senior manager, Investment List Sotheby’s Investment International Realty, Singapore As a foreign company looking to enter Vietnam, we are happy to have access to regular and … [Read more...] about Encouragement from VIR’s partners
On Thursday, September 13, 2018, in Hanoi, the U.S. Embassy and the Vietnam Education Foundation hosted a legacy event to pay tribute to the many accomplishments of the VEF Program. Over 50 VEF Alumni Fellows and Scholars gathered in Hanoi, where they shared their experiences and celebrated the success of the program. “We are very proud of the many accomplishments of VEF since its inception in 2000,” stated Sandy Dang, the Executive Director of VEF. Ms. Dang further added that “The relationship between the United States and Vietnam is stronger because of our VEF alumni, fellows, and scholars.” Acting VEF Board Chairman/U.S. Department of State Delegated Board Member Tim Marshall agreed and indicated that “VEF has played a crucial role in helping to build bridges between the United States and Vietnam. Its educational exchanges in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) have been particularly beneficial to … [Read more...] about VEF Program closes after 18 years of operation