The Ministry of National Defence held a meeting in Hanoi on March 11 to review preparations for and difficulties facing the second level-2 field hospital. Maj. Gen. Hoang Kim Phung, Director of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations (VDPO), said the second hospital was set up under the Vietnam Military Medical University (VMMU). It currently has 84 staff members, all of whom are ready to assume their new tasks. The VDPO has coordinated with Australia and the VMMU since September 2017 in providing English language training to the staff. Fourteen of them have gained an IELTS score of 5.5 as requested by the UN, and training is being increased so as to maximise the number of those with an IELTS score of at least 4.5. Regarding specialised training, the department has completed pre-deployment training, Phung said, adding that all of the staff have received training in international humanitarian law. Some of them have also taken part in intensive training courses on peacekeeping … [Read more...] about Vietnam boosts preparations for second field hospital deployment
English as second language training
Roe (left) practises with master Thang Phong of Vietnamese traditional martial arts in Hà Nội. — Photos courtesy of Augustus John Roe Viet Nam News By Lê Hương Traditional Vietnamese martial arts can reveal more about local history, culture and language to foreigners daring enough to try them. Augustus John Roe, from Brighton, the UK, is certainly daring. Over the past nine years, he has lived in Việt Nam, fathered two daughters in his happy family, found a stable job as an English teacher at an international school in Hà Nội and gathered a comprehensive stock of knowledge on Vietnamese martial arts and culture. Roe first came to the country in 2010 to visit a friend, who worked as an English teacher and practised Tai Chi. He started to study, too. Roe (left) teaches a class in Hà Nội. Roe has tried various styles of Vietnamese martial arts over the years, including vovinam, Bình Định … [Read more...] about English teacher fights to learn
Students seek information about university admission requirements. — Photo tuoitre.vnViet Nam News HCM CITY – Several universities have included English as one of the criteria in their enrolment plans for the 2019-2020 academic year. HCM City Medicine and Pharmacy University, for example, has three enrolment plans for new students this year. Of the three, the second requires students have a TOEFL iBT 60 or IELTS 6.0 score. The plan is being used for one-quarter of medicine and pharmacy majors. Similarly, Foreign Trade University (FTU) for the first time will admit new students based on their high school performance and English competency. Applicants eligible for FTU’s enrolment plan should be high school graduates from specialised maths, physics, chemistry, literatures and language classes from specialised schools nationwide. They must have an IELTS certificate score of 6.5, or a TOEFL PBT of 550 or TOEFL iBT of 90 points. Many opportunities are also given to … [Read more...] about Many universities set English as admission criterion
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?
According to Navigos Search’s statistics, the recruitment demand for middle and senior level positions from Navigos Search’s clients in 2017 increased 28 per cent compared to 2016. IT sector ranked fourth regarding the recruitment demand for middle and senior level positions. In this sector, the highest recruitment demand belongs to information technology and software services. Also, according to the Ministry of Information and Communications, the total current IT manpower is over 600,000 employees in Vietnam. Within this number, employees working in the hardware industry make up about 300,000. The remaining staffs are working in the field of software industry and digital content creation. Vietnam is forecasted to require 1.2 million IT employees by 2020. Increasing the shortage of IT manpower raises concerns for tech firms to maintain and develop their existing employees in order to minimising the switching jobs. Some companies are recognising this war for talent … [Read more...] about Tek Experts goes leading in training IT manpower