The Social Business Creation (SBC) 2021 competition wrapped up in Canada with the first prize awarded to the Nanoneem project of two Vietnamese universities, its organizers announced on Sunday.
The global final round of the competition took place on October 2 with the competition of the top five SBC 2020 and the top five SBC 2021, which brought together 265 teams of 80 universities from 24 countries around the world.
Excellently overcoming their rivals, Vietnam’s Nanoneem project won the top prize (the Scotiabank Prize) and grabbed the ‘Global Champion’ title, thereby receiving a cash prize of CA$30,000 (US$23,770) and $4,200 (US$3,330) worth of scholarships from MOSAIC Summer School.
The project was developed by Dr. Duong Nguyen Hong Nhung, a lecturer in the biotechnology faculty of International University in Ho Chi Minh City, her students, and some other students from the Foreign Trade University in the same city.
Nanoneem introduces the application of nanotechnology to manufacturing safe plant protection drugs from herbs, toward clean and sustainable agriculture.
As a unique project that provides a potential business model benefiting the social community, Nanoneem was highly appreciated by the judges and always held the top positions through the last competition rounds.
The second prize went to the Argentinian team that presented a project on vocational training and job search for disadvantaged young people.
The Mexican team won third place for its project to clean up the river ecosystem.
“The Vietnamese team could not attend the competition directly in Canada due to the epidemic situation, but they had to compete online through Zoom,” said Nguyen Hong Nhung, the Nanoneem team’s representative.
“This was a disadvantage compared to its rivals from other countries, but our team tried to overcome it.”
This is the first time a Vietnamese team has grasped the top prize through the recognition of financial, investment, and startup experts in the world, Dr. Nhung said.
“I feel very happy, mixed with honor and pride,” the team leader added.
Next year, another project of the International University, Brain Analytics, will compete in the final round of the SBC 2022 competition in Canada.
This project focuses on using artificial intelligence (AI) software in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results.
The annual SBC competition has been initiated and organized by HEC Montréal University of Canada (HEC) and Professor Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, since 2016.
This is a global competition and an innovative training platform through which participants learn how to use market mechanisms to solve social challenges.
The first prize winner receives CA$30,000 in cash, the second prize CA$15,000 (US$11,880), and the third place CA$10,000 (US$7,920).
Each of the top three teams also wins a CA$4,200 summer course in creative management from HEC.
Since its inception, the contest has attracted the participation of various universities from many countries around the world, including Canada, France, the U.S., Japan, Germany, Argentina, and Mexico, among others.
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 launches Simons Astrophysics Group
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’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.
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