Vietnam develops open educational resources for higher education

Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha has signed Decision No. 1117/QD-TTg approving a programme to develop open educational resources for higher education.

Under the programme, in the 2023-2026 period, a portal of open educational resources will be built and put into operation, providing learning, teaching, and research materials for learners, officials, lecturers of higher education institutions, and those who need to update higher education knowledge.

By 2026, over 40% of higher education institutions in the country will participate in building and developing open educational resources. Over 20% of higher education majors have textbooks, teaching, and learning materials posted on the portal. Over 300 textbooks, teaching, and learning materials in higher education will be posted to the portal.

Regarding exploitation and use of the resources, the programme aims to have at least 50% of higher education institutions access and use the resources, and over 50% of officials and lecturers of higher education institutions access and use the resources for their teaching and research. In addition, over 50% of learners studying in higher education institutions will access and use the resources for their learning and research.

The programme also sets the task of completing the system of legal documents regulating the development, exploitation, and use of open educational resources.

Educational institutions are called on to develop databases and connect the databases to the national portal on open educational resources./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Food firms urged to study market demand carefully to expand int’l reach

Food enterprises should study the market demand carefully together with branding strategies to expand their international reach, experts said.

According to Nguyen Dang Hien, Vice President of the Food and Foodstuff Association of Ho Chi Minh City, most enterprises had not paid adequate attention to developing marketing strategies and increasing brand recognition for international markets, although Vietnam was a major exporter of agroforestry – fishery products.

An estimate by the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade showed that agricultural products exported with brands would have added value 200-300% higher, even 500%.

Thus, it was critical for Vietnamese food enterprises to invest in building processing systems for high-quality agricultural products and increase branding in the international markets.

Hoang Van Viet from the University of Economics HCM City, said that enterprises could consider promoting digital marketing through social networks, YouTube, TikTok, websites and email.

In addition, enterprises should study the demand of the target markets carefully to develop strategic plans for expanding in foreign markets.

Bach Ngoc Hai Yen, Director of Greatlink Maihouse Investment Company, said that to expand in foreign markets, enterprises needed to build and maintain good relationships with customers, which would be the key to increasing competitiveness for Vietnamese food enterprises.

The focus should be on market study to develop appropriate marketing strategies and customer care solutions.

General Director of Cholimex Food Diep Nam Hai said that food companies should pay attention to developing supply chains to ensure the competitiveness of the products in terms of quality and price.

According to Hien, expanding exports was a solution for food companies in the context of low domestic market demand.

He said enterprises should eye potential markets such as China and India and markets in Asia – Pacific regions.

As consumers were increasingly aware of their personal health and environmental sustainability when choosing foods, enterprises should focus on developing products to meet the consumer demands, such as products of plant origin or organic products, he said.

Transition to green production was important, Hien said, adding that green production became an advantage for food enterprises.

Nguyen Ngoc Hoa, President of the HCM City Union of Business Associations, said the association’s survey found that enterprises with green production were having better orders than others in the context of economic difficulty.

Green production was a passport for many enterprises to penetrate and expand in international markets, he stressed.

Vietnamese food products were now present in around 180 countries and territories around the world./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Education a highlight in Vietnam-US relations

Education has been one of the most prominent areas of cooperation between Vietnam and the US, with both sides designing many policies to strengthen bilateral partnership in this field based on the shared view that education is the foundation of national development.

According to the International Cooperation Department under the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), in recent years, the US has actively implemented a number of programmes to support Vietnam in English teaching and education quality enhancing.

In July 2020, the Governments of Vietnam and the US signed an implementing agreement on English teaching under the Peace Corps programme. The programme was officially started in October 2021, aiming to help Vietnamese students develop their English skills to access studying and employment opportunities.

Volunteers of the Peace Corps programme have been sent to rural schools to train local English teachers and improve students' performance in English language.

According to the MoET, this project is strategically suitable to Vietnam's priorities. So far, nine volunteers from the programme have been assigned to nine senior high schools in rural districts of Hanoi. More volunteers are scheduled to arrived in the city in October for the 2023-2024 academic year.

On September 21, 2022, the MoET and the US's Educational Testing Service (ETS) signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in improving English training quality and testing capacity for the educational system in Vietnam.

In a meeting with ETS Vice President Rohit Sharma last month, MoET Minister Nguyen Kim Son suggested some priorities for cooperation in the immediate future, including sending ETS experts to Vietnam to give consultancy and share experience in testing activities, providing documents and information in organising examinations, and creating conditions for Vietnamese experts to receive training courses of ETS. He also underlined Vietnam's interest in digital transformation in this field.

Besides, universities of Vietnam and the US have enjoyed strong partnership, especially in training and researching.

Currently, about 50 out of more than 400 underway higher education linkage programmes in Vietnam are with US partners, mostly at graduate (655 students) and post-graduate (about 70 students) levels. Those linkage programmes are mainly in science-technology, computer science and economics.

In recent years, the US Government has provided Vietnam with hundreds of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships through the VEF Foundation, and supported improving English skills through the Fellowship and Fulbright programmes. The US has also provided Vietnam with practical support to strengthen tertiary education capacity through BUILT-IT and FURTHER projects funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

There are currently about 26,000 Vietnamese students studying in the US both as self-funded and scholarship recipients. Meanwhile, in the last five years, an average 10 - 20 students from the US have come to Vietnam to study Vietnamese and Vietnamese studies.

USAID has also provided significant support for Vietnam's education and training sector, with some 68 million USD in total granted to projects in Vietnam.

In September 2022, the MoET and the USAID signed a memorandum of understanding on providing development aid to enhance the higher education quality in Vietnam, with a total aid of 15.4 million USD starting from 2023.

A number of US-invested educational institutions have been established in Vietnam, with six general education institutions in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Binh Duong and a university in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Fullbright University Vietnam (FUV) was established in May 2016 as a 100% foreign-invested higher education institution operating not for profit.

Vietnam has focused on promoting international integration and attracting foreign investment in education in a bid to enhance education quality towards creating a breakthrough in human resources development. Therefore, there is great potential for educational cooperation between Vietnam and the US, contributing to promoting bilateral relations, strengthening the connections between the two peoples and boosting the sustainable development of Vietnam./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Minister-Deputy Minister of Education Entering the ministry on the first day of work

Minister-Deputy Minister of Education Entering the ministry on the first day of work Meet and talk with ministry officials Ready to move forward with educational development policy

Pol. Gen. Permpoon Chidchob, Minister of Education and Mr. Surasak Panjaroenworakul Deputy Minister of Education First day working at the Ministry with executives Permanent government official The heads of various departments welcomed by at 09.29 a.m. attending a ceremony to pay homage to the Buddha images attached to the ministry, the shrine, the King Rama VI monument for auspiciousness. Then the Minister of Education entered the office. Meet, talk, introduce yourself to executives and government officials. at the Rachawallop conference room

The Minister of Education said briefly at a meeting with agency executives that There will be another policy meeting after the Cabinet has given a policy statement to the parliament. Various work He is a person who likes to see the actual area himself. There will not be any advance notice. It has been like this since the time he served as a police officer. Hope there will be a good collaboration. Ready to listen to advice on work He is not a glass-full person. Although not all round, but believes that there is a good team

However, after the meeting The Minister of Education did not give an interview to the many waiting media. and immediately left the Ministry to continue his mission.

Source: Thai News Agency

Nearly 2.3 million Hanoi students begins new school year

Kindergartens and elementary, secondary and high schools across the capital city of Hanoi welcomed their students back on September 5 morning for the 2023-2024 school year.

Nearly 2.3 million students across the city were eager to attend the going-to-school festival, which took place in a solemn and brief fashion in line with the Ministry of Education and Training’s directions.

Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung beat the drum to kick off the new academic year at Ngo Quyen Secondary School in Dong Anh district.

Meanwhile, at Hanoi – Amsterdam High School for the Gifted, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Tran Sy Thanh congratulated educators and students on the new academic year, and presented gifts to those with excellent achievements at the 13th International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad.

On the occasion of the new school year, Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Van Phong planted trees at Quang Minh Secondary School in Me Linh district, and encouraged teachers and students there to make further efforts to reap better results in the new school year.

During the 2023-2024 school year, the Department of Education and Training continues working to improve education quality, and reduce education gap among localities, with important measures being carried out such as developing school network, prioritising investment for schools in difficult areas, and putting forth construction of national-standard schools./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

STEAM education festival held in Hanoi

The STEAMese Festival 2023 with the theme of igniting creativity and unlocking passion, took place in Hanoi on August 27, attracting the participation of numerous students, parents, teachers, and educational institutions.

The event was organised by the STEAM for Vietnam organization, UNICEF in Vietnam, the US Embassy’s American Center, and Phenikaa University.

Speaking at the event, Nguyen Phuong Thuy, co-founder of STEAM for Vietnam, said the ecosystem of STEAM for Vietnam programmes revolves around a mission of providing modern STEAM education to Vietnamese children aged 6 to 18 through advanced technologies, innovative educational models, and the expertise of teachers.

Kate Bartlett, Cultural Attaché at the US Embassy, affirmed that the US diplomatic mission in Vietnam is committed to supporting the Southeast nation’s efforts in enhancing the quality of higher education and preparing its 21st-century workforce for global integration. Vietnamese youths are dynamic, talented, and ambitious global citizens, and their potential is limitless, she noted.

Participating domestic and international experts, policymakers, and schools joined discussions at the festival to share teaching methods and materials design for STEAM educators.

A series of creative and interactive STEAM activities, such as the Scratch and Robotics, scientific exploration, and robot assembly, were also organised, becoming a big draw to students, parents, and teachers from Hanoi, Lao Cai, Soc Trang, and other provinces and cities./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

University of Thailand makes merit by giving alms to monks and giving blessings to His Majesty the King

Ministry of Interior Organize a merit-making ceremony to offer alms to the royal merit and give blessings to His Majesty the King On the occasion of His Majesty's birthday His Majesty the King July 28, 2023

Today (July 28, 2023) at 6:00 a.m. at Ratchabophit Temple, Sathitmahasimaram Ratchaworawihan, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok, Mr. Suthipong Julcharoen presides over the merit-making ceremony to offer alms to the King and give blessings. On the occasion of His Majesty's birthday His Majesty the King, with Dr. Wandee Khunchornyakong Julcharoen, President of the Interior Housewives Association Mr. Chaiwat Chuenkosoom, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior Head of Community Development and Local Government Mission Group Mr. Pornpot Penpas, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior Head of Internal Security Affairs Mission Group Mr. Somkid Chanthamaruk Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior Administration Mr. Chotinrin Kerdsom Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior Head of Public Disaster and Urban Development Mission Group Mr. Chayawut Chandra Director-General, Department of Lands Mr. Boontham Lertsukeekasem, Director-General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Mr. Manrat Rattanasukhon, Director-General of the Department of Provincial Administration Mr. Pongrat Phiromrat, Director-General of the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning Mr. Orn Sith Samphantharat, Director-General of the Community Development Department, Mr. Kajon Srichavanothai, Director-General of the Department of Local Administration, Mr. Pricha Detphan, Mr. Amphon Pongsuwan, Mr. Sompob Samitasiri, Mr. Pricha Thongkam, Mr. Piriya Chantadilok, Ms. Sirima Watt No Mr. Supakin Wangchin Mr. Anuphong Suksomnit Inspector General of the Ministry of Interior Mr. Watcharadej Kiatchanon Acting Administrative Advisor Mr. Mana Simma Acting Legal Advisor Mr. Songklod Sawangwong Deputy Governor of Phetchabun Province Assistant to the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior Ms. Panisara Kanchanachitra, Assistant Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mr. Wilas Challayyasat, Metropolitan Electricity Authority Governor, Mr. Supachai Ekaun, Provincial Electricity Authority Governor, Mr. Manit Panem, Metropolitan Waterworks Authority Governor, Mr. Wiboon Wongsakul, Provincial Waterworks Authority Mr. Panupon Ratanakanjanaphat Vice Chairman of the Marketing Organization acting as the director of the Marketing Organization Mr. Chira Wongburana Director of the Wastewater Management Organization Mrs. Kulasap Cheenkosoom Mrs. Jirawan Penpas Assistant Professor Dr. Sasitorn Chanthamarek Mrs. Paveerisa Kerd Mrs. Vorasuda Rattanasukhon, Mrs. Salisa Piromrat, Mrs. Jinnarat Samphantharat, Vice President of the Interior Housewives Association, government officials, state enterprise employees and affiliates of the Ministry of Interior participated in the ceremony Sasitorn Chanthamaruk, Mrs. Paweerisa Kerdsom, Mrs. Vorasuda Rattanasukhon, Mrs. Salisa Piromrat, Mrs. Jinnarat Samphantharat, Vice President of the Interior Housewives Association, government officials, state enterprise employees and affiliates of the Ministry of Interior participated in the ceremony

On this occasion, Mr. Suthipong Julcharoen, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior and Dr. Wandee Khunchornyakong Julcharoen, President of the Interior Housewives Association. pay homage to the royal monument of King Chulalongkorn Inside Wat Ratchabophit and led the executives, civil servants, state enterprise employees Interior Housewives Association and Buddhist brothers and sisters Offering alms to 20 monks and novices with kindness from Than Chaokhun Phrathep Watcharamethi President of Mahamakut Buddhist University Assistant Secretary to the Supreme Patriarch Deputy Dean of Regions 6-7, Consultant of Mother Kong Tham Sanam Luang and the assistant abbot of Wat Ratchabophit Sathitmahasimaram Ratchaworawihan led the clergy to receive alms.

Then Mr. Suthipong Julcharoen, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior led the senior management team and those who participated in the ceremony Offering incense and candles on a raft in front of the portrait of His Majesty the King His Majesty and presented a vase of flowers in front of the portrait of His Majesty the King His Majesty the King Dr. Wandee Khunchornyakong Julcharoen, President of the Interior Housewives Association Offering a vase of flowers in front of the portrait of His Majesty the King His Majesty and lead participants in the ceremony to offer blessings The point is that “Throughout the past His Majesty the King performs royal duties It's multipurpose. With royal diligence to continue, maintain and extend the science of the King of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great set his heart on building a sustainable good quality of life for the people. Through a wide range of royally-initiated projects, such as “Public Health”, His Majesty has donated personal funds to procure medical equipment and equipment. and also accepting patients under royal patronage to receive care "Education" His Majesty graciously established the "Royal Scholarship Foundation His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn Crown Prince" to create educational opportunities To children and youth who are well behaved and capable in education. and also gave assistance to the people in times of disaster to get through hardships Water of His Majesty's Heart full of mercy And your kindness has brought joy and gratitude to remain in the hearts of all of us and our subjects forever.”

Suthipong Julcharoen, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior added that On the occasion of His Majesty's birthday His Majesty the King July 28, 2023 Provincial Governor and sheriffs across the country Bring people's brothers and sisters to make merit and offer food to monks as a royal merit. along with doing public service in the areas designated by the province and district with loyalty and invites Thai people across the country Hundreds of hearts of love, combined the power of love, unity, practice worship in order to bow down to His Majesty the King. The Lord who is revered and loved by the people of Thailand in unison. – Thai News Agency

Source: Thai News Agency