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Arizona State University receives grant to help strengthen higher education in Vietnam

Aug, 24, 2012. U.S. and Vietnamese government, industry and education leaders recently signed an agreement in Hanoi to increase investment in the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program administered through ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

An ambitious higher engineering education initiative driven by Arizona State University (ASU) to advance economic and social development efforts in Vietnam is continuing to attract support and build momentum.

A $ 2.4 million U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) grant to ASU will expand the Higher Education Engineering Alliance Program (HEEAP) that leverages public and private sector funding to improve the quality of higher education in Vietnam.

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New investment in education will boost Vietnam’s economic and social development (HEEAP 2.0)

Aug, 24, 2012. U.S. and Vietnamese government, industry and education leaders recently signed an agreement in Hanoi to increase investment in the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program administered through ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Intel Corp., Arizona State University and the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) in partnership with other government agencies, industry and universities and colleges in Vietnam are intensifying efforts to modernize higher engineering education in the country.

The parties recently signed a memorandum of understanding for a commitment for a combined investment by Intel and MOET of more than $ 10 million over five years to boost the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP).

The estimated target investment from current and future industry and government partners for the HEEAP expansion is $40 million.

The program seeks to accelerate economic development by providing a more highly trained workforce in Vietnam to meet the growing needs of global high-tech industries. Ultimately, HEEAP promises to strengthen education and research collaborations, as well as business ties, between Vietnam and the United States.

HEEAP was established in 2010 with funding support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Intel. It is administered through the Office of Global Outreach and Extended Education in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Jeffrey Goss is the director of the office.

“After only two years, the HEEAP project has achieved enough measurable impact to warrant these new commitments from Intel, MOET, USAID, and Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA),” Goss says. “The resources provided by the new investment open the opportunity to scale the current project by a factor of five and to add a leadership institute.”

MOET Vice Minister Bui Van Ga says the Vietnamese government “ … is very pleased with the outcomes of the HEEAP project to be strong partners to rapidly upgrade our higher education system.”

To date, the program has brought more the 100 faculty members from Vietnam’s universities and colleges to ASU for training in advanced methods for teaching engineering.

In addition, HEEAP started a scholarship program focused on bringing more women into engineering and technology fields.

In the next phase of the project, called HEEAP 2.0, to be carried out from 2013 to 2017, the program will train hundreds of additional faculty members each year at ASU and in Vietnam, and establish a Distance Learning Network that will enable students across the country to take courses online simultaneously.

HEEAP 2.0 will also improve instruction in English for Vietnamese engineering students and promote the involvement of more women in engineering and technical fields.

In addition, Vietnamese engineering programs will be brought into compliance with requirements set by leading higher education accrediting organizations, specifically ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology) and the CDIO™ INITIATIVE (Conceive, Design Implement, Operate), an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers.

The investment will provide funds to build teaching laboratories and train instructors to use the facilities effectively. There will also be upgrades of the data systems used by the engineering education programs in Vietnam colleges and universities.

It will also enable HEEAP to rapidly scale up its training program for administrators at Vietnamese college and universities through the program’s higher education leadership institute.

Since its start, the program has been joined by other industry partners Siemens, Honeywell, Danaher and Cadence. The companies have provided equipment, simulation and software tools and training of faculty on these systems.

With the additional funding, HEEAP expects to add at least 12 new industry partners within the next five years.

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Arizona State University awarded grant to help strengthen higher education in Vietnam, Arizona State University, Aug 30, 2012
New investment to boost international economic development effort, Arizona State University, Aug 24, 2012
Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program
ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology)
CDIO™ INITIATIVE (Conceive, Design Implement, Operate)

ADB Support to Improve Portfolio Performance and ODA Effectiveness

The ADB has identified the main constraints that need to be solved for improvement of portfolio and aid effectiveness in Viet Nam, including:

• lack of harmonized procedures on ODA project management
• project start-up delays
• limited effectiveness of joint portfolio performance management mechanism
• project management capacity constraints, and
• delays in institutionalization of results of dialogue between Government and development partners on aid effectiveness

ADB carried out a first technical assistance (TA) project to enhance ODA absorptive capacity and efficiency from October 2007 to August 2011. A new TA project, from June 2012 to Nov 2014 will address the above-mentioned constraints and further institutionalize the outcomes of the policy dialogue between Government and the Six Development Banks Group (6BG) as agreed in the second Joint Action Plan (JAP-2). The 6BG brings together the ADB, the World Bank, JICA (Japan), Korea Eximbank (Korea), KfW (Germany) and AFD (France).

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ADB: Support to Improve Portfolio Performance and Aid Effectiveness in Vietnam, (Inception Report), June 2012

Official Development Assistance (ODA) has been an important catalyst for Viet Nam’s rapid economic development since resumed international development partners resumed ODA in 1993. However, portfolio performance as reflected in indicators such as disbursement, project start-up compliance and average loan extension has deteriorated in 2004 and improved in 2009, but slid back in 2010. Some portfolio performance indicators in Vietnam are worse than those of other Southeast Asia countries. This situation requires that ODA utilization and management in Vietnam need to be improved to contribute to better ODA effectiveness.

ADB’s portfolio performance review in 2010 and 2011 identified main constraints that need to be solved for improvement of portfolio and ODA effectiveness, which include, among others: (1) lack of harmonized procedures on ODA project management, (2) project start-up delays, (3) limited effectiveness of joint portfolio performance management mechanisms, (4) project management capacity constraints, (5) delays in institutionalization of results of dialogue between Government and development partners on aid effectiveness.

The purpose of this report is to set out a clear approach and methodology to implement the Technical Assistance, present the implementation plan, activities, timeframe and resources to implement the TA over the period Jun 1, 2012 – Nov 30, 2014.

New tool shows relationship between development, aid and governance
Dani Kaufmann and Homi Kharas have combined their expertise on governance and aid at the Brookings Institution to produce a new tool for “connecting the empirical dots” on development, aid and governance. The tool – an interactive platform and databank of information about aid quality and governance – aims to ensure that policy discussions are informed by the best available evidence.

Planning ODA Effectiveness
How do donors go about improving aid effectiveness in practice? The inception report “Socialist Republic of Viet Nam: Support to Improve Portfolio Performance and Aid Effectiveness” gives an insight into how the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) thinks it should do it. At the end of the report there is a useful Design and Monitoring Framework (p. 17-19).

Transforming Universities through Data Analytics and Systems to Drive Innovation

ASU Seminar, Aug 6, 2012

When: Mon, Aug 6, 2:15 – 4:00 pm
Where:HCMC University of Technology
.268 Ly Thuong Kiet St. Dist. 10
.A4 meeting room

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Denmark stops ODA grant for three projects


Aid projects shut down after reports of fraud

May 30, 2012. Three Danish aid projects in Vietnam have been shut down following reports of widespread fraud. The development minister, Christian Friis Bach (Radikale), cut off funding to all three projects after an independent review by Price Waterhouse Coopers uncovered “numerous irregularities.”

“It is important to crack down on those caught misusing Danish aid funds in order to clearly demonstrate the consequences,” Friis wrote on the ministry’s website. “Those that cheat must be stopped and punished.”

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Denmark stops ODA grant for three projects

Jun 4, 2012. The Danish International Development Assistance (DIDA), has provided grant assistance to the implementation of four research projects on climate change in Vietnam.

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Economy needs to focus on industries with key advantages (SOEs)

Jun 6, 2012. Nguyen Tu Anh from the Department for Economics Research spoke to the publicationThoi Bao Kinh Te Sai Gon (Sai Gon Economic Times) about the troubles of Vinashin and Vinalines.

What lessons can we learn from the losses at these State-owned corporations?

It’s a critically important lesson on management. A large flow of funds was poured into these State corporations and they somehow became unmanageable. They incurred losses but no one knew.

Does that have anything to do with the strategy to pick certain sectors as top priorities for development?

In the past, we picked too many sectors as priorities. These sectors weren’t chosen based on competitive advantages: for example, the auto industry.

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Private sector touted as main economic driver, State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) are inefficient

NA Deputy Nguyen Ngoc Hoa comments on the proposed comprehensive economic restructuring plan during a group discussion of NA deputies from HCMC at the ongoing session of the legislature in Hanoi – Photo: TTXVN

HANOI, May 26, 2012. The National Assembly (NA) Economic Committee wants to promote the role of the private sector as the main economic driver, while reducing the role of the State economic sector.

This is given in a report that the committee delivered to NA deputies on Thursday. The report, reflecting the opinions of scholars and economists at a recent economic conference in Central Vietnam, stressed that the private sector should be considered as the main driver or important driver for economic growth.

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National Assembly begins third session

HA NOI, May 21, 2012. Viet Nam’s 13th National Assembly started its third working session this morning in Ha Noi.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung called upon deputies to embrace democracy, concentrate on their responsibilities and use their intellectual capacities to make the session successful.

During the month-long process, participants will focus on the review and passage of 13 draft laws and two resolutions and discuss six other draft laws.

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The Ruby HCM forum at University of Science, May 25


Fr, May 25 Ruby HCM Forum It is a “once-in-20-years” opportunity for people in the IT field! The inventor of “Ruby”, Mr. Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, will come to Vietnam for the first time to speak at the 1st Ruby HCM Forum on 25th May with other speakers, where you will learn about the latest world of Ruby in web applications, testing frameworks, more efficient mobile applications and embedded systems development.


Please click here to Register Online

The Ruby HCM forum is a “once-in-20-years” opportunity! By attending this forum on May 25th at Venue I, University of Science (227 Nguyen Van Cu, District 5, HCMC), you can:

  • meet the inventor of the “hot” Ruby language, as well as other researchers, developers, and employers
  • understand the world-wide demand for Ruby developers
  • learn the latest world of Ruby in web applications, testing frameworks, more efficient mobile applications and embedded systems development
  • become the first group to establish Ruby Community in Vietnam, and start to work with the world

    Ruby is a programming language born in February 1993 and just recognized as ISO Standard in April 2012. Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, Ruby language’s inventor, is often invited to give key-note speeches by companies and universities world-wide, such as Stanford University and Google Head-Quarters.

    On May 25th, he will come to Vietnam for the first time to speak at the University of Science on the exciting and expanding language.

    Please click here to Register Online

    The Ruby is now widely used all over the world, especially in Silicon Valley, where start-up companies need to release the creativity of programmers as well as to maximize the productivity of development. A research found that Ruby is 10 times more productive compared with java at maximum. And even comparing with easy language such as PHP, Ruby is still a few times quicker to develop. It is a perfect fit for Cloud Technology and Agile Development. Therefore, a lot of IT start-ups in Silicon Valley, such as Twitter / Groupon / Slideshare and so on, have employed Ruby as their start-up base.

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Vietnam supports “Tokyo Strategy for Mekong-Japan Cooperation” (2013-2015) GMS AMEICC

VOV. Apr 21, 2012. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has voiced his strong support for the Mekong-Japan cooperation mechanism to promote prosperity, stability and sustainable development in the Mekong Delta and East Asia.

At the 4th Mekong-Japan summit in Tokyo on April 21, Dung said priority should be given to assisting regional countries to cope with natural disasters, primarily flooding, prevent salt infiltration, maintain food security and effectively use the Mekong River water resource.

He called for a comprehensive assessment of the impact of the exploitation and use of the Mekong River water resource, as well as hydro-power projects on the environment in the region in the long run.

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