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Digital transformation in tertiary education: more investments, strong will of leaders needed

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Shifting to teach online this semester because of Covid-19 is an opportunity for tertiary education to adapt to digital transformation.

Digital transformation in tertiary education: more investments, strong will of leaders needed

Le Anh Vinh, Head of the Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences

Le Anh Vinh, Head of the Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences, said the education sector’s actions in the last two years, under the pressure of the pandemic, has far exceeded what it had done in the preceding 10 years.

Going digital has ensured the continuance of teaching and learning activities.

But what should be done to maintain the driving force when the pandemic ends?

Vinh cited three things to be done.

First, teaching and learning. Vietnam needs to have good infrastructure and technology to support students and teachers, allowing them to interact and study in a digital environment.

This is what many universities have been doing, but the deployment remains scattered, while not all schools have systems good enough to satisfy the requirements of users and to digitize materials.

The second is management and operation. It’s necessary to digitize the entire process of higher education. This needs to be implemented from teaching to research to management.

The third is the culture of making decisions based on data. The assessment of quality of lectures, students’ feedback, labor demand and labor market are data which need to be digitized. Leaders will rely on the data to make reasonable decisions.

He stressed that the biggest obstacle for digital transformation in tertiary education does not lie in technology or cost but in human resources.

“I believe that one of the prerequisites for successful digital transformation is the willingness to change and to accept innovation across the whole process (of digital transformation),” Vinh said.

Nguyen Thi My Loc from the University of Education, also thinks that the biggest barrier in digital transformation is human resources.

In order to have new teaching and studying habits, more investment and a strong will from leaders are needed.

Dao Thanh Truong, Vice Rector of the Hanoi University of Social Sciences, said the school is gradually adapting to digital transformation which has been implemented in accordance with a roadmap. Digital transformation is one of the key programs of the schools in the next five years.

Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung, when talking about digital transformation in education, also said the most important factor is the determination of the heads of agencies. The determination makes up 80 percent of success. 

Thuy Nga

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/digital-transformation-in-tertiary-education-more-investments-strong-will-of-leaders-needed-774496.html

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Ancient citadel to be renovated for $32 mln

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Ancient citadel to be renovated for $32 mln

A stonewall of the Ho Dynasty Citadel in Thanh Hoa is damaged. Photo by VnExpress/Le Hoang


Over VND745 billion ($32.7 million) will be spent to renovate the Ho Citadel in Thanh Hoa in the next four years, the provincial authorities stated.

The recently approved project to preserve, restore and renovate components of the citadel will require around VND300 billion from the north-central province’s budget. The rest will come from the central government’s budget and other sources.

The main investor of the project would be Thanh Hoa Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. It is expected to last from 2022 to 2025.

Components chosen for restoration and renovation include a 9,000-square-meter archaeological exhibition site, a trench spanning 1,000 meters, internal traffic routes and other infrastructure.

Built in 1397 by Ho Dynasty as the capital of Dai Ngu, the country’s name from 1400 to 1407, the citadel served as a military stronghold and became a symbol of patriotism and national pride.

It is unique for its construction technique, which involved the use of large blocks of stone weighing 10-26 tons that were carefully shaped, interlocked and raised up by around 10 meters.

In 2011, the citadel was recognized by the UNESCO as a world heritage.

The north wall of the citadel has been significantly damaged due to impacts from storms and heavy rain.

In October 2018 the U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink’s Fund for Cultural Preservation approved a $92,500 grant to conserve the south gate, the most important remaining structure in the citadel. The work was completed last year.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/ancient-citadel-to-be-renovated-for-32-mln-4375899.html

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3,373 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Saturday

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A hair salon in Hà Nội’s Trần Quang Diệu Street is quarantined after a hair stylist was confirmed to be infected with coronavirus today. People who had close contact with the patient have been quarantined. — VNA/ Photo Tuấn Đức

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health announced 3,373 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, along with a further 77 COVID-related deaths. 

Among these new cases, 112 were imported and 3,361 were local transmissions. Of these, 1,332 were detected in the community.

The national tally now stands at 884,895, of which 880,149 are the result of the fourth wave of infections that swept the country since late April.

HCM City remained the locality with the highest number of infections of 749, a decrease of 456 cases compared to Friday’s figure. This was followed by Đồng Nai Province with 605 and Bình Dương Province with 517.

The capital city of Hà Nội recorded seven new cases.

The other cases were detected in An Giang (224), Tiền Giang (156), Bạc Liêu (130), Kiên Giang (97), Tây Ninh (90), Bình Thuận (81), Phú Thọ (75), Long An (68), Trà Vinh (58), Gia Lai (53), Cần Thơ (43), Cà Mau (40), Khánh Hòa (39), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (38), Thừa Thiên Huế (34), Đồng Tháp (32), Hậu Giang (25), Nghệ An (23), Bình Phước (22), Thanh Hóa (18), Vĩnh Long (15), Quảng Nam (13), Quảng Ngãi (12), Bình Định (12), Kon Tum (11), Bến Tre (10), Phú Yên (8 ), Quảng Trị (7), Ninh Thuận (7), Thái Bình (6), Hà Giang (6), Hà Nam (5), Bắc Ninh (5), Lào Cai (5), Nam Định (3), Hải Phòng (2), Bắc Giang (2), Đà Nẵng (2), Ninh Bình (2), Đắk Nông (1), Hà Tĩnh (1), Quảng Ninh (1) and Tuyên Quang (1).

The 77 COVID-related deaths were in HCM City (42), Bình Dương (12), Đồng Nai (5), Long An (3), Sóc Trăng (3), Tiền Giang (2), An Giang (2), Ninh Thuận (2), Bình Phước (1), Đắk Nông (1), Cần Thơ (1), Trà Vinh (1), Bạc Liêu (1) and Thanh Hoá (1).

According to the Ministry of Health’s report, 2,977 patients nationwide are in serious condition, with 16 on life support (ECMO).

A further 1,338 patients were given the all-clear on Saturday, taking the total number of recoveries to 804,664.

HCM City’s Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control has announced a plan to vaccinate children aged between 12 and 17. About 780,000 children aged 12-17 in the city are expected to get a vaccination.

Almost 1.66 million vaccine doses were administered in Việt Nam on Saturday. The country has now inoculated 71.8 million doses of vaccine to date, with more than 20.7 million people fully vaccinated. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1064796/3373-new-cases-of-covid-19-reported-on-saturday.html

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COVID-19 updates in Việt Nam on October 23 afternoon

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From 5pm on October 22 to 5pm on October 23, on the National System of COVID-19 Case Management, 3,373 new infections were recorded, of which 12 were imported and 3,361 were recorded domestically (down 616 cases compared to the previous day) in 47 provinces and cities (with 1,332 cases in the community).

 

– Provinces and cities recorded cases as follows: HCM City (749), Đồng Nai (605), Bình Dương (517), An Giang (224), Tiền Giang (156), Bạc Liêu (130), Kiên Giang (97), Tây Ninh (90), Bình Thuận (81), Phú Thọ (75), Long An (68), Trà Vinh (58), Gia Lai (53), Cần Thơ (43), Cà Mau (40), Khánh Hòa (39), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (38), Thừa Thiên Huế (34), Đồng Tháp (32), Hậu Giang (25), Nghệ An (23), Bình Phước (22), Thanh Hóa (18), Vĩnh Long (15), Quảng Nam (13), Quảng Ngãi (12), Bình Định (12), Kon Tum (11), Bến Tre (10), Phú Yên (8 ), Quảng Trị (7), Hà Nội (7), Ninh Thuận (7), Thái Bình (6), Hà Giang (6), Hà Nam (5), Bắc Ninh (5), Lào Cai (5), Nam Định (3), Hải Phòng (2), Bắc Giang (2), Đà Nẵng (2), Ninh Bình (2), Đắk Nông (1), Hà Tĩnh (1), Quảng Ninh (1), Tuyên Quang (1).

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1064785/covid-19-updates-in-viet-nam-on-october-23-afternoon.html

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