Vietnam's emerging startup scene is proving to be a case of right place, right time for local and international venture capital funds. Eleven “rising star” startups in Southeast Asia in September converged at the “500 Startups Demo Day” in Ho Chi Minh City to spotlight the dynamic technology landscape in Vietnam and broader Southeast Asia. “There’s more hype about Vietnam’s tech scene now than ever before, as this is an exciting time for Vietnam overall,” said Mr. Eddie Thai, General Partner at 500 Startups Vietnam. “Vietnam is fast becoming an attractive destination for local and international venture capital funds, who are hoping to capture the growing consumer opportunities and leverage the Vietnamese entrepreneurial spirit.” Rising appetite Vietnam’s startup sector is growing at a rapid clip despite the global economic slump and is closing the gap with regional leaders. In only two years, it has made a big leap … [Read more...] about Startups catching the eye
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The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has published 32 textbooks for eight subjects and experience activities, but these do not include textbooks for English. According to Tien Phong, at the workshop titled ‘Vietnam Education Publishing House and the task of renovating general education program and textbooks’, in the North, the publisher introduced four sets of sample textbooks which have been approved by the Appraisal Council. Article 5 of Circular No 33 on standards, process of compiling and editing textbooks, says that textbooks must properly and fully present the content of learning subject curricula or educational activities; and they must be basic, scientific, practical and consistent with the reality of Vietnam. Therefore, there must be specific regulations and standards on using foreign textbooks for Vietnam’s schools. If using foreign books, publishing houses only cooperate with foreign publishers to make a profit. Meanwhile, the textbook … [Read more...] about English textbooks not yet approved by Education Ministry, why?
Debris litter inside the passenger terminal, after one of its walls was destroyed in Legaspi City, Albay province, south of Manila on Dec 3, 2019, after Typhoon Kamurri battered the province. (Photo: Simvale SAYAT / AFP) Luzon island, the nation's largest, has been hit by a string of storms that have battered its northern tip while monsoon rains were intensified by the passage of Typhoon Kammuri this week. Large swaths of lush green land were inundated after rivers burst their banks, leaving only treetops visible above the waterline. Landslides have cut off roads to some isolated towns and some bridges are covered by the flooding. However, authorities said they have not confirmed any deaths caused by the high water. "This is one of the biggest floods in decades," Rogelio Sending, information officer for Cagayan province in the northeast of Luzon, told AFP. The flood waters have have forced about 66,000 people to flee their homes, some of whom had to be rescued by emergency crews in … [Read more...] about Philippines floods force 66,000 from homes
Vietnam are in careful preparation for Saturday's semifinal match against Cambodia in men’s football at the ongoing 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines, as coach Park Hang Seo has braced his team for a "tough" game against the junior Angkor Warriors. Vietnam held Thailand to a 2-2 draw on Thursday while Cambodia defeated Malaysia 3-1 on Wednesday to finish their group stage as Group B’s leaders and Group A’s runners-up, respectively, and advance to the semifinal round. The game will take place at Rizal Memorial Stadium in the Filipino capital of Manila at 7:00 pm (Vietnam time) on Saturday and be broadcast live on national television channel VTV6. Speaking at a pre-match press conference on Friday, Vietnam’s head coach Park Hang Seo showed both caution against the Cambodia U22s and determination for a berth in the final. Park considered the junior Angkor Warriors a “phenomenon” at this year’s SEA Games over … [Read more...] about Vietnam prepared for ‘tough’ semifinal against Cambodia in SEA Games men’s football
If you are a young person from the north-central Vietnamese provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh, the potentially lethal dangers of journeying thousands of miles and being illegally smuggled across borders by international trafficking networks seem like a small price to pay for the reward of little more than the opportunity to work. H.T.L., a young Vietnamese man from Ha Tinh who has spent the last five years illegally working in the UK, shared his own harrowing migration journey to what many Vietnamese consider ‘the promised land’ with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, in the hope of shedding light on the dangers that lie ahead for his rural Vietnamese countrymen who are looking outside their native borders for hope and opportunity. A journey to hell L.’s 2015 journey to the UK began in the same fashion as most migrants from Nghe An and Ha Tinh – with both intermediate and extended families draining their savings and pawning their assets to raise … [Read more...] about Vietnamese man shares grim journey to UK in search of better life