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Vietnam’s university education moving up in international rankings



The placing of Vietnamese universities in prestigious global rankings has continually been on the rise in recent times despite the country’s much shorter history in terms of higher education.

Vietnam's university education moving up in international rankings
Vietnam’s university education moving up in international rankings. – Illustrative image (Photo: VNA) 

On a list of 10,000 universities in Asia from the Quacquarelli Symonds Education Organisation (QS) were seven from Vietnam in 2018, eight in 2020, and 11 in 2021.

The top 500 in Asia in 2018 saw the Vietnam National University, Hanoi (HNU), the Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City (VNUHCM), the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), Can Tho University, Hue University, and the University of Da Nang. Ton Duc Thang University and Duy Tan University were also added to the top 500 in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

This year, three more Vietnamese universities were named among the 634 best higher education institutions in Asia by QS: the Hanoi Pedagogical University, the Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City, and the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City.

The QS 2020 rankings by field have four Vietnamese universities in the global top 600: HUST, HNU, VNUHCM, and Can Tho University. VNUHCM and Can Tho University appeared in the rankings for the first time.

The major of computer science and information systems at VNUHCM ranked in the 551-600 group globally. Can Tho University’s agriculture and forestry majors were in the top 251-300, while HNU saw the majors of maths, physics, astronomy, and computer science and information systems ranked.

HUST had four groups of majors in the top 400 and 500, including electrical engineering – electronics, mechanical engineering, aviation and manufacturing, computer science and information systems, and mathematics. Among them, all three majors in the fields of engineering and information technology increased between 50 and 100 places compared to 2019’s rankings and remained at the top in Vietnam.

With mathematics, this was also the first time Vietnam had two universities in the global top 500.

The QS 2020 rankings also put HNU and VNUHCM in the group of the 1,000 best universities in the world.

Vietnam had 172 higher education institutions in the Webometrics rankings (2020 version) from Cybermetrics Labs under the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), released in January 2020, or 38 more than in 2019.

For the first time, Vietnam had three universities ranked in the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019: HUST, HNU, and VNUHCM.

It also had 12 universities in the University Rankings by Academic Achievement (URAP) in 2020, an increase of four compared to the previous year.  VNA



Breakfast @ Tien Phong News — April 15



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COVID-19 Updates

— Vietnam reported 20 imported cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, raising the national tally to 2,737 patients, with 2,445 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths, according to the Ministry of Health

— Ho Chi Minh City medical authorities said on Wednesday that the city had yet to receive the protocol of ‘vaccine passports,’ which are COVID-19 vaccination certificates to be granted for international visitors and stranded Vietnamese to enter the country, from the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.


— It is forecast to rain in the evening from Friday to April 23 in the southern Vietnamese region, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

— More than 14 metric tons of fish died en masse due to an unknown reason on the section of the Ma River passing through Cam Thuy District in the north-central Vietnamese province of Thanh Hoa on Wednesday.

— Police in Ho Chi Minh City said on Wednesday that they had recently arrested a group of seven people for staging motorbike accidents on the streets to steal properties from commuters.

— One student has been successfully rescued from drowning while two others remain missing after a group of nine students went swimming at a local river in northern Phu Tho Province on Wednesday afternoon.

— An eighth-grade student critically knifed a seventh grader after being reprimanded by their school administrators for hitting the latter in southern Vinh Long Province on Wednesday afternoon.

— Two workers were dead and another was injured after a personnel lift overturned at a shipbuilding company in central Quang Ngai Province on Wednesday morning.


— The 2021 Vietnam International Trade Fair (Vietnam Expo), the 30th edition of its kind, opened at the Hanoi International Exhibition Center on Wednesday.

— E-stamping, a computer-based application with product information that can be retrieved on state agencies’ websites, must be used for imported tobacco and alcohol products from July 2022, according to the Ministry of Finance’s new instruction.

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Vietnam tightens security along southwestern border amidst rising COVID-19 risk



Localities in southwest Vietnam are tightening border management and security to minimize risk of COVID-19 spread as the pandemic situation in Cambodia becomes increasingly complicated.

In Long An Province, the provincial People’s Committee has ordered competent authorities to carry out regular inspection at local hotels and accommodation facilities, as well as patroling along border trails and ports to promptly detect any border jumpers.

Multiple quarantine centers have been reactivated with the capacity of up to 1,000 people, according to Huynh Minh Phuc, director of the Long An Department of Health.

Local authorities have been in regular contact with their counterparts in the neighboring country to stay updated on the pandemic developments.

A total of 36 checkpoints have been established along the 133-kilometer borderline in the province.

The administration in Dong Thap Province has been advising Vietnamese people living in Cambodia to refrain from returning home during this period.

Local authorities have also provided essential goods and medicine to overseas Vietnamese in difficult conditions.

An officer is on duty along the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Photo: Khoa Nam / Tien Phong

An officer is on duty along the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Photo: Khoa Nam / Tien Phong

Twenty-one checkpoints and 18 patrol units with the participation of more than 220 officers have been set up to tighten security along the border.

The province has administered 600 COVID-19 vaccine shots to medical staff and officers working in border areas.

In An Giang Province, 187 working groups have been on duty to prevent the spread of COVID-19 via the Vietnam-Cambodia border.

About 16 to 20 people travel from Cambodia to An Giang on a daily basis and all of them are quarantined upon arrival in accordance with regulations, said Colonel Bui Trung Dung, deputy commander of the provincial Border Guard Command.

In Kien Giang Province, which shares a 56-kilometer border with Cambodia, thousands of officers have been mobilized to maximize border management efforts.

Many patrol ships and speedboats have been tasked with managing the maritime border off Kien Hai, Phu Quoc, and Tho Chau Islands.

Local fishermen have agreed to assist the task force by reporting to competent authorities when they detect a suspicious boat.

A border guard officer talks with local residents in An Giang Province, Vietnam. Photo: Buu Dau / Tien Phong

A border guard officer talks with local residents in An Giang Province, Vietnam. Photo: Buu Dau / Tien Phong

Authorities in An Giang and Kien Giang have advised residents of the Khmer ethnic group to celebrate the Choul Chnam Thmey (Khmer New Year), which takes place from April 14 to 16, in a safe manner.

Residents were asked to avoid traveling across the border to visit their relatives, wear face masks during ceremonies and rituals, and limit crowded activities.

Vietnam has recorded 2,737 COVID-19 cases as of Thursday morning, with 2,445 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country has not recorded any community-based infections for nearly 40 days.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has recently warned that Cambodia is standing on the brink of a national tragedy following a sudden and huge surge in community transmissions and COVID-19-related deaths.

Cambodia has documented 4,874 COVID-19 cases so far, with 2,544 recoveries and 35 fatalities, according to the Khmer Times.

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Supporting policies to develop electric cars needed: official




Vice Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee Khuất Việt Hùng

Vice Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee Khuất Việt Hùng talks to Vietnam News Agency about proposals to the Government to promote green and environmentally friendly traffic in Việt Nam.

Electric cars are a current trend around the world. What do you think?

It is an irreversible trend. Electric cars are a choice for the present and the future. And we can feel it by the way the market responds positively to VinFast’s electric scooter products (when the company put the product on sale, there were 4,000 orders after 12 hours). It is not only the credibility of the market with a car manufacturer, but also because people are really looking forward to and excited about electric cars.

In the world as well as in Việt Nam, environmental issues are becoming more urgent. Encouraging people to switch to low-emission vehicles such as electric cars, electric motorcycles, electric buses and trains is one of the effective solutions to reduce environmental risks. Some countries have a roadmap to stop use of gasoline cars in the next decade and replace them with electric cars.

So, although I am a bit surprised at the time, I am not surprised when VinFast affirms its vision of becoming a global smart electric car company and announced the development of three electric models. In the near future, the auto market is likely to be more active with the participation of foreign electric models. But regardless of brand, what both manufacturers and users are waiting for is a system of appropriate support policies to gradually form and develop a stable and sustainable market for electric cars in Việt Nam.

What should the supportive policy system be to promote the electric car market?

The Government needs to have a comprehensive programme, including a system of solutions to encourage and support users as well as manufacturers. Specifically, for manufacturers, those are policies to encourage research, development, commercialisation, and supply chain construction (from research and development of battery technology, fuel cells, operating systems to a complete car). For users, there are specific support policies to help them easily own, use and gradually create a habit of driving an electric car. All countries developing electric vehicles must have a very specific and strong market-making strategy and policy.

Can you give us more details about effective market making policies?

Each country has different market-creating policies, but the US, European nations, Japan, South Korea, China all focus on reducing the cost of owning and using cars. For example, the German government waives the annual sales tax on electric vehicles, and provides direct subsidies to electric vehicle buyers of between 3,000-5,000 euros (US$3,600 – $5,980).

South Korea provides a one-time subsidy of 14 million won ($12,500), tax relief, insurance fees, highway tolls and parking fees for electric vehicle owners. China subsidises 20,000-40,000 yuan (over $3,050 – $6,100) depending on electric vehicles; at the same time, plans and invests in a nationwide network of electricity supply infrastructure. In addition, each locality has its own incentives, for example, the city of Shanghai gives free licence plates to electric cars.

These are all developed countries that have the conditions to directly support people switching to electric cars. Is this feasible in Việt Nam when the budget has to prioritise more urgent goals?

First of all, it is necessary to be aware that the rapid development of electric cars is an opportunity to rise in the global auto industry and an inevitable trend.

Therefore, the policy of the Party and the State to encourage the development of electric cars in particular and environmentally friendly vehicles in general needs to be concretised with clear policies and legal provisions, transparency, so that both users and manufacturers can be assured of the issue.

Next, it is difficult to ask the Government of Việt Nam to provide direct subsidies to buyers of electric cars like the aforementioned countries in limited budget conditions. But it’s entirely feasible for the Government to support part of the cost of vehicle ownership for people, for example, a partial or full reduction of registration fee, special consumption tax, or partial or full reduction of road user fees.

For manufacturers and businesses, the Government may consider reducing import tax on electric vehicle components, supporting related infrastructure such as land allocation, land use tax exemption or reduction for automobile factories or ancillary products as well as charging station systems. Of course, these market-making policies are only for a certain period, maybe 10 years.

Will such policies be enough to bring about the change?

The goal is that the subsidy policies for a certain product or service of the Government would create a universal cultural value in the whole society for that product or service. Therefore, policies will be continuously observed, evaluated and adjusted. But I believe that after a period of support, the market size will be large enough, the culture of using electric vehicles will form and have enough momentum to develop itself.

Of course, to create the habits of users, the issue also depends on the ability of technology, services, and convenience of electric vehicles to meet the wishes of people. Therefore, apart from creating conditions for the electric car industry, we need to create open directions to other related supporting industries, such as battery production, to shorten technology development time for green means.

Where should we begin?

In my opinion, the Government needs to set a clear goal, for example, by 2025 or 2030, how many per cent of cars in the market are electric cars; how emissions reductions and environmental goals should be achieved; determine which agencies and individuals are responsible for promulgating, guiding, implementing and monitoring the implementation of market-making policies, etc.

From these goals, the Government needs to calculate in detail the problem of financial, economic and environmental benefits that electric cars bring when replacing fossil fuel-powered cars. Then it balances the total financial resources and the specific conditions that the government and local authorities can support, in a certain time to concretise into legal, transparent documents. 

Of course, change does not come overnight, but we have a partial advantage when there is a generation of young people exposed to the culture of electric vehicles very early, from electric bicycles to electric motorcycles. That is the generation of the green future. And our job is to prepare that future generation, now. —  


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