Daily Archives: May 17, 2020

Over 340 Vietnamese return home safely from US

More than 340 Vietnamese citizens were repatriated safely from Washington DC on a flight that landed at NoiBai International Airport in Hanoi on May 16.


The flight was arranged by Vietnamese authorities, the country’s representative agencies in the US, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and relevant agencies of the US.


The passengers include elderly people, those with illnesses, people under 18, students without accommodation due to school closures, those stranded because of flight suspension, and some with particularly disadvantaged backgrounds. They were from various states in the US.


The Vietnamese Embassy had sent staff to assist the citizens before they got on the plane.


After arriving at NoiBai airport, all the passengers and flight crew immediately received health check-ups and were sent to quarantine facilities under regulations.


In the time ahead, Vietnamese authorities, overseas representative bodies and airlines will organise more flights to bring Vietnamese expatriates home basing on COVID-19 developments in the country and the world, the citizens’ aspirations, and local quarantine capacity.


Source: Vietnam News Agency


Symposium highlights essence of late President’s thoughts, morality, style

The quintessence of late President Ho Chi Minh’s thoughts, morality and style was the focus of a symposium held by the scientific council of the Tri Viet Institute at the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) on May 17.


The event took place ahead of the leader’s 130th birthday (May 19).


Assoc. Prof. Dang QuocBao, chairman of the council, said President Ho Chi Minh’s ideology is a large system of issues relevant to strategies and tactics of Vietnam’s revolution. It not only applied but also creatively developed the Marxism-Leninism in the revolutions of the country and the world.


The late leader’s thoughts have become a priceless spiritual asset of all Vietnamese generations and also the lodestar leading the Party and people to successes in the revolution for national independence and socialism, he noted.


At the discussion, presentations were made on such issues as the harmony of Ho Chi Minh’s ideology and style, and the President’s thoughts on public health care, religions, culture, and mass mobilisation.


Also on May 17, the Ho Chi Minh Museum’s branch in the central province of BinhThuan opened an exhibition that spotlighted Ho Chi Minh’s activities at the DucThanh School, where he worked as a teacher before leaving the country to seek ways for national salvation.


On display are nearly 200 paintings and photos of the leader, along with important documents in his life and career. It also introduces role models in the studying and following of Ho Chi Minh’s thoughts, morality and style in BinhThuan province.


Source: Vietnam News Agency

Tree planting campaigns launched to mark President Ho Chi Minh’s birth anniversary

The southern hub of Ho Chi Minh City and the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong on May 17 launched tree planting campaigns in celebration of the 130th birth anniversary of late President Ho Chi Minh (May 19).


Authorities and people in HCM City held tree planting activities across 24 districts on the day. In 2019, the city planted over 400,000 trees.


Meanwhile, Lam Dong province planted 1,500 pines and wild Himalayan cherry trees at the campus sites of some universities.


President Ho Chi Minh was born on May 19, 1890 in Kim Lien commune, Nam Dan district, the north-central province of Nghe An. He devoted his life to the national liberation cause, while tirelessly striving for peace and progress in the world.


He also led the nation to success in the struggle for national independence and establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam following the August Revolution in 1945.


On November 28, 1959, President Ho Chi Minh wrote an article which was published on Nhandan (People) newspaper, stressing the significance of tree planting to each person, family and the entire nation. It has since become an annual festival of the Vietnamese at the beginning of each Lunar New Year.


The President passed away in 1969.


Source: Vietnam News Agency

Dual degree programmes start this academic year

Several universities in Ho Chi Minh City will launch dual-degree training programmes in the 2020-2021 academic year in an aim to offer more diverse choices for students.


Students at member universities under the Vietnam National University-HCM City will be able to study their own major plus an additional major taught by other member universities.


If they choose to major in journalism, psychology, international relations, English language, or tourism and travel administration at the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, they will finish their first academic year at the university for which they initially applied.


Courses in the two majors can be transferred to the other programme major. A minimum of 30 credits are required for the second major.


Students can also choose majors in international economics, business administration and economic law taught by the University of Economics and Law.


The University of Technology will start dual degree training for majors in aviation techniques and ship techniques, and the University of Economics and Law has already enrolled students for its dual degree training.


Associate Professor DinhDuc Vu Anh, head of the higher education division at Vietnam National University-HCM City, said that dual degree training would help students adapt to a changing world.


Hong Bang International University will also start dual degree training programme this year.


Dual training programmes are a “wise educational investment” and a good preparation for young people in the 4.0 industry era, experts have said. The competitive capacity of students will be enhanced, and their job opportunities will increase.


Hong Bang International University’s 10 majors in the dual degree programme are in the fields of technology-IT, economy-management-law, social sciences and international languages.


Students have to finish their first year of their major first, and after five years of study, they can obtain two degrees.


Source: Vietnam News Agency


President Ho Chi Minh wrote new history chapter for Vietnam: Korean professor

The AJU newspaper of the Republic of Korea (RoK) recently posted an article by Prof. Ahn Kyung-hwan from the Chosun University, who affirmed that late President Ho Chi Minh wrote a new chapter of history for Vietnam.


In his article, the professor said that President Ho Chi Minh is respected by the Vietnamese people as the greatest hero in the country’s history, adding that on the occasion of his 100th birth anniversary in 1990, UNESCO recognised him as a hero of national liberation and great man of culture of Vietnam.


The Korean scholar described the late leader of Vietnam as the embodiment of patriotism who devoted his whole life to the struggle for national independence and freedom and the people’s happiness.


He also highlighted “Nhatkytrongtu” (Prison Diary), a collection of poems Ho Chi Minh created while he was imprisoned by the Chiang Kai-shek administration in China, as a masterpiece of Vietnam’s literature.


Besides, the scholar also reserved part of his article for the childhood, family and hometown of Ho Chi Minh, noting that the knowledge of the late President is critically important to the promotion of cooperation between the RoK and Vietnam.


Source: Vietnam News Agency

Consumers optimistic amid COVID-19

Vietnamese consumers are some of the most optimistic, among Asian countries surveyed, that their country will weather the challenges of the COVID-19, according to a McKinsey’s mid-April consumer survey.


The survey questioned 618 consumers in Vietnam on their consumption behaviour shifts during the COVID-19 crisis.


The findings show that only 4 percent of Vietnamese consumers surveyed believe the pandemic will have a long-lasting impact on the economy and create a lengthy recession. This is compared to 6 percent in Indonesia, 16 percent in the US, and 24 percent in the Republic of Korea.


This optimism, coupled with the country’s head start on recovery, is expected to play a crucial role in shaping the country’s new reality.


Out of the more than 600 respondents from Vietnam, 47 percent expressed a belief that the economy will rebound within two to three months and will then grow at a similar or even faster rate than before the pandemic.


It found that about 70 percent of respondents expect to be more careful with their spending, and about half of respondents say they feel less job or financial security because of COVID-19. This is linked to decreased spending expectations across all categories, except for “essentials” such as groceries, food delivery and telecommunications services.


People also have a growing preference for healthy and locally sourced offerings. More than four in five Vietnamese respondents (81 percent) shared that they are more focused on health. This is reflected by an increase in consumption of products that are perceived to be healthy such as eggs, fresh foods and healthcare products.


Vietnamese are fairly loyal to stores, but significantly less loyal to brands in a pandemic as 39 percent of respondents have tried or switched to an alternative store.


The top three reasons for switching including location closer to home (46 percent of switchers), availability of online or app-based channels (42 percent) and stock of essentials (37 percent).


However, 75 percent of Vietnamese respondents have switched brands during the COVID-19, and these changes are expected to last beyond the pandemic.


Source: Vietnam News Agency


Vietnam Trade Union celebrates President Ho Chi Minh’s birth anniversary

The Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) held a workshop in Hanoi on May 17 to celebrate the 130th birth anniversary of late President Ho Chi Minh (May 19).


Chairman of the VGCL Nguyen DinhKhang said the late President is a great leader of the working class and the Vietnamese nation.


The President left a precious spiritual legacy for the country, especially his ideology, Khang added.


President Ho Chi Minh was born on May 19, 1890 in Kim Lien commune, Nam Dan district, the north-central province of Nghe An. He devoted his whole life to the national liberation cause, while tirelessly striving for peace and progress in the world.


He also led the struggle for national independence to success and established the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in 1945. The President passed away in 1969.


Source: Vietnam News Agency