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?
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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
Mekong Capital divests from Asia ChemicalsMekong Enterprise Fund II, a unit of Mekong Capital, has completely divested from Asia Chemicals Corporation (ACC) and taken in US$8.9 million, a 2.6-fold increase over its initial investment, after a seven-year holding period.According to a press release issued by Mekong Capital on August 10, in 2011, MEF II invested US$3.8 million in ACC, which was its 10th investment, after others in Mobile World Investment Group (The Gioi Di Dong), Golden Gate, Vietnam Australia International School and International Consumer Products.However, MEF II has now divested from all of its 10 earlier investments. The divestments have helped the fund generate a gross return multiple of 4.5 and a gross internal rate of return of 22.5%.Early this year, MEF II sold five million shares at Mobile World, generating a gross return multiple of 56.9 and an IRR of 61.1%, making it one of the most successful investments in Asia.Also, the fund’s full exit from Vietnam … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 22/8
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — When they agreed to join the UN Peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, 73 Vietnamese officers knew they would have to leave behind their families to travel to the war-ravaged country. The 10 female officers on the mission, which will leave Việt Nam later this month, play an especially critical role, as Muslims in South Sudan strongly prefer to be treated by doctors of the same gender. But because the female officers also shoulder outsize duties in their homes as wives and mothers, answering the call of international duty to provide healthcare for South Sudanese women required weighing the potential effects on their families in Việt Nam. Four years ago, Major Bùi Thị Xoa did not find the decision to become a “blue helmet” nurse an easy one. She spent much time deliberating whether to go on a year-long mission in a foreign country, as her teenage son is in his formative years and she wanted to be with him to take care of … [Read more...] about VN women defy stereotypes to work for UN in S Sudan
Viet Nam News By Thu Trang Almost 20 years ago, I entered the Kim Liên High School with great pride, dreams and aspirations. Not only was this one of the most famous high schools in Hà Nội, it was highly regarded around the whole country. With the school’s fame coupled with my hard work and dedication, I truly believed a place at university was a sure thing. But, to my surprise, my family’s and friends’ surprise, I failed in the entrance exam for the Hà Nội National University of Education. I cried days and nights until I felt that my tears ran dry. I did not want to eat or drink, and did not want to meet anyone. But my luck was about to change. After what could only be described as the worst two months of my life, the university lowered its criteria and dropped the required points total for admissions by one. I was in. So after my own painful struggles, I can easily relate to the heartache suffered come exam time when students … [Read more...] about Teaching our kids lessons in life, not test prep