ADB, Viet Nam to Improve Skills, Close Labor Gaps with Better Education

Proposed 2nd Upper Secondary Education Development Project $105 milllion

Future growth will depend on a labor force skilled enough to meet the needs of the job market. At present less than 30% of young workers, who comprise half the workforce, have completed upper secondary schooling.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES. Nov 2, 2012. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing $90 million in fresh funds to help Viet Nam strengthen teaching skills and courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and social sciences, to ensure upper secondary graduates have the skills to meet the country’s labor needs.

“Viet Nam’s thriving economy has highlighted a gap between what schools teach and what employers need. This project will help prepare young people for the job market, with a special focus on increasing opportunities for women and girls, people with special needs, and students coming from poor households,” said Eiko Izawa, Senior Education Specialist in the Southeast Asia Department at ADB.

The Second Upper Secondary Education Development Project focuses on improving teaching standards by introducing international standards, new training methods and providing new training materials; upgrading curricula, including investing in textbooks; and providing targeted support for students who are struggling academically. It builds on earlier ADB assistance to improve the sector.

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Key Advantages of an IB World School Education, May 25

Date: Friday, May 25th, 2012
Time: 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Venue: ACG International School, East-West Highway, An Phu, District 2, HCMC

About the seminar:

ACG Seminar May 25

The world is adopting the IB philosophy and framework in a big way. In the last 5 years, the programmes have grown by 89%. Now, 3,370 schools in 141 countries share the IB approach and deliver the programmes to approximately 1,010,000 students world-wide. Such growth is testimony to the strong foundation and excellence in education that IB Schools provide.

This 60-minute seminar will provide a closer look at the IB framework and how it is delivered at ACG International School. We will find out about the characteristics of an IB student and how the programme offers a strong foundation for success at University. We will also hear parents and students speak about their experiences within an IB World School.

Registrations can be sent to [email protected] or call (08) 3747 1234. There is no charge to attend this seminar.

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Vietnam Education Foundation Announces New Chairman of the Board: Christopher J. Fussner

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/—The Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) is proud to announce the appointment of Christopher J. Fussner as Chairman of the VEF Board of Directors as well as the appointment by President Barack Obama of two new Presidential appointees to the VEF Board of Directors, Ms. Sandy Hoa Dang and Dr. Isaac F. Silvera.

Mr. Christopher J. Fussner is Owner and Founder of TransTechnology Pte Ltd, a major distributor of Surface Mount Technology and Semiconductor capital equipment with offices in Singapore, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Chiangmai, Jakarta, Batam, Manila, Cebu, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Hanoi, New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.

He received his B.A. in History and Asian Studies from The George Washington University and his Master of International Management at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He began his international career in Ouagadougou (Upper Volta) Burkino Faso, West Africa, as Program Assistant with Catholic Relief Services. Subsequently, he joined the Church World Service devoting his time as a Refugee Resettlement Officer in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he had responsibility for the Vietnamese Refugee resettlement process.

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Amid efforts on Korea, U.S. seeks Asia inroads in the Lower Mekong Initiative

NUSA DUA, Indonesia. Jul 23, 2011. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for deeper U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia to help bolster its poorest countries, while the region’s leaders worked to broker what they hoped would be progress in one of Asia’s other hot spots: North Korea.

Meeting on the sidelines of the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum in Bali on Friday, senior nuclear negotiators from North and South Korea agreed broadly to take steps to return to a bigger diplomatic process, known as the six-party talks, which are aimed at ending the North’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. That process, which also involves China, Japan, Russia and the U.S., fell apart three years ago.

However, the diplomats didn’t describe how they planned to resolve the many differences that have left the process in limbo since 2009. U.S. officials, meanwhile, said it would take time to know if any serious progress, including more substantive concessions from North Korea, would materialize.

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Intel’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Th, May 26, 2011

When: Thu, May 26th 2011 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: New World Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

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HEEAP to raise training funding for future engineers

HCMC – Partners and members of the Higher Education Engineering Alliance Program (HEEAP) will convene a meeting in HCMC this week to decide more funding and measures to make this program move faster and develop next generation of Vietnamese engineers.

The meeting was disclosed by Jeffrey S. Goss, director of Vietnam HEEAP and assistant dean of Global Outreach and Extended Education for Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

“Our initial resource partners Intel Corporation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provided us US$2.5 million to start the project last summer. We will be announcing a large increase in the funding for the program,” Goss told the Daily last Friday, after Siemens announced US$71 million in-kind software grant to the program.

The in-kind software grant will help universities develop the next generation of Vietnamese engineers in order to quench the thirst of companies for high-skilled employees in Vietnam.

The software comprising comprehensive digital product development and digital manufacturing solutions will benefit the Hanoi University of Technology, Danang University of Technology, Can Tho University, HCMC University of Technology and the HCMC University of Technical Education.

Erdal Elver, president and chief executive officer of Siemens Vietnam, said Siemens supported the universities in their education program as part of its corporate social responsibility committed to Vietnam. He expected the program would bring practical benefits to the universities and assist students with their career development.

The software was provided by Siemens PLM Software of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, a major provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services.

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Saigon Times, Apr 18, 2011

Defining PLM, Siemens PLM Software Web Site

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software allows companies to manage the entire lifecycle of a product efficiently and cost-effectively, from ideation, design and manufacture, through service and disposal. Computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer-aided engineering (CAE), product data management (PDM) and digital manufacturing converge through PLM.

Weekly Update Apr 4: U.S. FDA Import Requirements, Cloud Computing, Total Rewards


Tu, Apr 5 How to Meet U.S. Food & Drug Administration Import Requirements
Tu, Apr 5 Cloud Computing: Opportunities and Challenges in Vietnam
Tu, Apr 5 Legal Committee Monthly Meeting
We, Apr 6 Total rewards strategy for a diverse, intergenerational workforce
Sa, Apr 9 4th Annual Vietnam-U.S. Education Conference
We, Apr 13 University of Hawaii Executive MBA Information Session
We, Apr 20 Developing an Anti-Corruption Compliance Program
Southern Key Economic Region: Ports, Industrial Parks, and Other Infrastructure
Asia Development Bank: “Skills Enhancement Project” Loan to Vietnam, 2010-2016

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Some Intel Vietnam Higher Education Programs, and other Intel items

Intel Vietnam Scholars (IVS) Program 2009-2012. 52 students in 3+2 study abroad program that takes top undergraduates from VN universities to complete last two years of degree at PSU – RCGs become change agents and future leaders

Higher Engineering Education Allliance Program, Arizona State University, Fulton Engineering. Introduces active instruction and learning for BS Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at five top-rated Vietnamese technical universities. The Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program is a unique collaboration among Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Intel Corporation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Portland State University’s Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, and several of the top technical universities in Vietnam.

The program is designed to advance Electrical and Mechanical Engineering curricula and instruction, considered the “bread and butter” degrees for technology manufacturing.

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Weekly Update Mar 21: Palooza Party at Bernie’s, Business Networking Night @ Bitexco Financial Tower


Mo-Tu, Mar 28-29 APBO Asia Pacific Business Outlook, Los Angeles
Tu, Mar 29 U.S. Currency and How to Detect Counterfeit – POSTPONED
We, Mar 30 Young Professionals Palooza Party @ Bernie’s Bar & Grill
Th, Mar 31 Business Networking Night @ Bitexco Financial Tower (rescheduled)
Tu, Apr 5 How to Meet U.S. Food & Drug Administration Import Requirements
Tu, Apr 5 Cloud Computing: Opportunities and Challenges in Vietnam
We, Apr 6 Mercer 2011 Vietnam Total Remuneration Survey Info Session
Sa, Apr 9 4th Annual Vietnam-U.S. Education Conference
Mo-Tu, Apr 11-12 Hung Kings’ Festival
We, Apr 20 Developing an Anti-Corruption Compliance Program
Th, Apr 21 A Strategic Approach to Employee Communications
Southern Key Economic Region: Ports, Industrial Parks, and Other Infrastructure
Asia Development Bank: “Skills Enhancement Project” Loan to Vietnam, 2010-2016

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Weekly Update Apr 13: Lunch: Education for Industry, Asia Corp Conference, U Hawaii Info Session

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Upcoming Events and Activities

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We, Apr 15 Lunch: Science and Technology Education Support for Industry The VEF has established relationships with over 100 leading U.S. research univesities to support the programs, and has placed 267 VEF Fellows in graduate programs in 68 U.S. universities. Learn how your company can benefit from the VEF education programs.

White asparagus delicacies at the Park Hyatt’s Square One Chef Takeuchi of Square One has created a selection of special white asparagus dishes, from steamed to grilled and from sautéed to wok-fried, that will satisfy your taste buds. Available from 18 to 30 April 2009.

We, Apr 22 University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business Executive MBA in HCMC – Information Session Vietnam citizens or foreign nationals living in Vietnam, with an average of 5 to 10 years work experience, are invited to attend a free-of-charge information session.

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