The launch of an astrophysics group in Vietnam funded by the U.S.-based Simons Foundation was announced during two international workshops on astrophysics in Quy Nhon City of the south-central Vietnamese province of Binh Dinh on Monday.
Rencontres du Vietnam (Meeting Vietnam) convened the two workshops, the ‘Golden Universe: Nuclear Astrophysics and Cosmic Rays in the Multimessenger Era’ and the ‘2022 SAGI Astrophysics Workshop on New Frontiers of Astrophysics in the Golden Era of Dust Polarimetry,’ at the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE).
The event gathered more than 30 Vietnamese and foreign scientists from France, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan, South Korea, and Malaysia; as well as around 50 physics students from three specialized high schools in Binh Dinh and the neighboring province of Phu Yen.
|Prof. Tran Thanh Van delivers a remark at the opening of two international workshops on astrophysics in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, July 25, 2022. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre|
During the events, Dr. Nguyen Trong Hien, a Vietnamese-American astrophysicist working for NASA, announced the launch of the Simons Astrophysics Group at ICISE (SAGI), the first of its kind in Vietnam.
The group, including many Vietnamese experts working overseas, is funded by the U.S.-based Simons Foundation, one of the largest charitable organizations in the States making grants in mathematics and physical sciences, life sciences, autism research, and education and outreach.
“SAGI will organize seminars and summer schools, cooperate [with other organizations] in analyzing scientific data, and support young scientists in the country,” Dr. Hien said.
Vietnam places 1st at Microsoft Office Specialist Word Championship
Vietnam has finished first at the 2022 Microsoft Office Specialist Word Championship, winning two gold medals, one silver, and one bronze.
The four faces who brought glory to Vietnam at the world’s largest MSO playground include Bui Cong Minh from Nguyen Tat Thanh Middle and High School in Hanoi, who received a gold medal in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016; Nguyen Duy Phong from Hanoi University of Science and Technology, who won a gold medal in Microsoft Excel 365 Apps and Office 2019; Nguyen Trong Khai from University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, who bagged a silver medal in Microsoft Word 365 Apps and Office 2019; and Dao Ngoc Tung Chi from Foreign Trade University in Hanoi, who took home a bronze medal in Microsoft Word 2016.
Unable to hide his emotions at the awards ceremony, Minh felt like “exploding,” shaking in happiness when his name was mentioned.
He is also the youngest competitor who has ever clinched a gold medal in the history of Vietnam’s participation in the contest.
Phong was also enthusiastic to share his happiness on achieving the highest degree of awards, bringing glory to his home country.
Vietnam received the most awards from this year’s Microsoft Office Specialist Word Championship edition, said Doan Hong Nam, president of IIG Vietnam, chief of the national organizing committee and head of the Vietnamese team.
This is also the first time in 13 years of competing at the championship that the Vietnamese team has reached the top spot.
The Microsoft Office Specialist Word Championship is an international playground for students, aged 13-22, on a global scale to find and glorify talents in Microsoft Office usage.
Its 2022 edition took place in Anaheim, California from July 24 to 27
Vietnam’s medal tally at all MOSWC iterations has added up to four gold medals, three silvers, and 10 bronzes.
Vietnam’s oldest candidate graduates from high school at 82
An 82-year-old man from Hanoi, the oldest candidate in Vietnam’s 2022 national high school graduation exam, officially passed the test with a total score of 22.35, as per the results announced on Sunday.
The Vocational and Continuing Education Center in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi, the school Nguyen Huy Ky attended before the exam, confirmed his results later on the same day.
Ky, 82, got 4.75 points out of 10 in literature, 3.6 points in math, 7.5 points in history, and 6.5 points in geography to pass the graduation exam and is now a high school graduate.
He was given 0.25 priority points as a candidate who is 35 years or older, as of the date of the high school graduation exam.
As a continuing education student with a grade-A computer certificate or higher, he also got an additional one point.
|Nguyen Huy Ky, 82, is pictured during the 2022 national high school graduation exam at Thanh Xuan Middle School in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre|
During the national high school graduation exam that took place at the beginning of this month, at the exam site of Thanh Xuan Middle School in the namesake district, Ky drew attention as the oldest candidate in the country still pursuing a high school diploma at the age of over 80.
At that time, Ky told a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporter that the reason for his pursuit is to return to the profession of Oriental medicine, which requires him to attend a medical school, and a high school diploma is a must for admission to the medical school.
In Vietnam, the national high school graduation exam, considered one of the most important events in the life of every school student, is organized in July every year for 12th graders and independent candidates.
The exam results are used for both high school graduation and enrollment in universities and junior colleges.
Ho Chi Minh City university to launch academic center for ASEAN students
The University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH) has established a center devoted to supporting academics from ASEAN countries in the hope of attracting students from across Southeast Asia to the city to conduct research and launch new businesses.
The founding of the center, named ASEAN Hub, has been in the works for several years, UEH president Su Dinh Thanh said on Wednesday.
In particular, UEH hopes students from Thailand, Malaysia, and Laos will see the launch of the ASEAN Hub as an open door to begin their academic careers in Vietnam.
The city is poised to become a destination for international students and a bastion of scientific research thanks to expansive education infrastructure and a coterie of top professors across a variety of fields.
Professor Barney Glover from Western Sydney University, a UEH partner, said that the ASEAN Hub will also serve as a home to nurture future innovative startups.
Aside from facilitating the success of new startups by creating a research-rich environment for entrepreneurs, upping the number of successful companies headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City can help the city bounce back from the economic hit it took during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rebecca Ball, senior trade commissioner at Austrade Vietnam, said the establishment of the ASEAN Hub will help strengthen the bond between Australian and Vietnamese universities.
In the future, the ASEAN Hub can help transform Vietnam into an academic center where international students can learn research schools and access advanced technologies.
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