Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba spoke to Viet Nam News on the occasion of Japan’s National Day today. Can you talk about the highlights of the bilateral relations between Viet Nam and Japan since your arrival here? I have been in Ha Noi for one year and nine months. I am quite satisfied with the state of relations between Japan and Viet Nam. They are developing not only between governments but also among the people. In terms of economic successes, we have made many achievements over the last year despite the economic downturn. We agreed on the Viet Nam-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (VJEPA), which became effective on October 1 this year. This agreement will liberalise and facilitate the trading of commodities, capital, technology and skilled labour between the two countries. I was especially glad to see the successful visit of Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito to Viet Nam. He stayed for a week and I had the pleasure of accompanying him. He said that he had a very strong impression … [Read more...] about Japan recognises importance of Viet Nam
Why academic achievement is important
VietNamNet Bridge – Being unlike other children happily enjoying their summer vacation after a hard academic year, my daughter is stressed out because she has not attended extra classes to revise what she learned in fifth grade in preparation for the new school year, even though one month of her vacation has passed. “Mom, my classmates have all attended many courses to prepare well for an exam to enter a class for excellent students. Why couldn’t I? I don’t want to be left behind when the new school year begins,” says my daughter Duong Ngan Ha, with a tired look in her eyes. But when asked which subject she wants to major in and what job she wants to do in the future, she says she has no idea. All she wants is to be able to attend those extra classes like her friends. She has no other dreams. Nguyen Viet Anh, a 10th grade student from Nguyen Gia Thieu High School in Ha Noi’s Long Bien District, has a different view. “After nine months of an … [Read more...] about What’s most important for our children?
VietNamNet Bridge - Scientometrics for Vietnam, or S4VN, a team of three Vietnamese researchers in Taiwan – Huynh Huu Hien, Pham Hiep and Tran Danh Nha – for the last year, has been measuring and analyzing research achievements gained by domestic university training establishments and providing information for free on www.scientometrics4vn.com. In order to have proper assessment about the quality of scientific research works and not to be influenced by biased viewpoints, people need scientometrics, i.e. the study of measuring and analysing science, technology and innovation, and peer reviews. This was the reason why Hien, Hiep and Nha, who all studied in Taiwan, in 2014 began discussing a scientometrics project for Vietnam to measure the achievements gained Vietnamese universities. In 2015, scientometrics were made public for the first time by the team which scientists gave feedback to. S4VN, or Scientometrics for Vietnam, officially made debut on October 26, … [Read more...] about S4VN aims for transparency of academic environment
Taking a little time to read books for young children every night (only about 10 minutes) can significantly benefit to academic achievement as well as children’s family life in the future, scientists from University Stanford (U.S.) confirmed. Dr. Anne Fernald, lead team, can detect large differences in word processing speed in young children after a series of studies. Word processing speed is very important because it helps the mind to evoke thoughts of the next word, or the next evolution in the real world. For example, when comparing processor speeds in children who are heard less than 600 words / day and more than 1,200 words / day from people around, Dr. Fernald found that children learn vocabularies quickly they often hear a lot of vocabularies at home. Therefore, reading to our children at night not only helps children have rich and varied words (factors that help develop imagination skills), but also forces the children to memorize facts for tracking story. "You're … [Read more...] about Why do we read books to our children at night?
A passion for art together with a serious dedication to learning is the key to success. Le Thi Yen, a student at the Viet Nam National Academy of Music won the silver prize at the third ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur this year. Yen said that she began learning the electric organ when she was a 9 year-old student in Bac Ninh Province. Despite living in a small town lacking the opportunities for education in the arts, which exists in big cities, her parents were determined that their three oldest daughters would learn to play the organ. Yen said: "My parents are officers in the construction sector, which has no relation to art, but they themselves always encouraged us to pursue any art because they believe girls should learn art to diversify their lives." Yen and her two older sisters all ended up pursuing music, one studying in the Department of Criticism, Composition and Conducting, the other learning to play the electric piano and Yen dedicating herself … [Read more...] about Passion for art is the key to success