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January 15-16, 2009. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. U.S.-Vietnam Higher Education Conferece. This Conference is designed to bring together representatives from American universities, colleges, companies, and NGOs active in higher education in Vietnam and representatives from Vietnamese universities and colleges in order to explore partnership successes and to map out future partnership strategies, particularly in three key areas:

  • Encouraging more and deeper linkages and joint programs between American and Vietnamese universities;
  • Increasing the number of Vietnamese studying at American universities and colleges; and,
  • Promoting educational programs designed to help Vietnamese students acquire the skills needed in Vietnam's modernizing economy.

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December 31, 2008 . Portland, Oregon, USA. VSource Prepares to Work with the 2009-2010 Intel Vietnam Scholars (IVS) Program.. Intel Vietnam and Portland State Unviersity (PSU) announced the Intel Vietnam Study Abroad Program for Vietnamese scholars to study at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, USA in the years 2009-2010.

Being in close proximity with Intel Oregon and PSU, VSource headquarters is in a strategic location to work closely with the program for the first 40 scholars in this 2009-2010 scholarship program, as well as subsequent programs to come.

Meanwhile, VSource training centers in Vietnam will be able to provide tutorials for applicants with electrical and electronics engineering insights for a successful exam in 14 Feb, 2009.

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December 21, 2008. Vietnam Thanh Nien Daily. "HCMC University to Design, Produce Microchip". The project costs VND 12-billion (about US$706,000) was approved and expected to be commercially produced within two years. The chip, code name SG-8V1, would cost 30 percent lower than its foreign counterparts, according to Ngo Duc Hoang, Director of HCMC IC Research Education Center.

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December 20, 2008. Vietnam Thanh Nien Daily. "Vietnam's Higher Education Sector Has a Long Way To Go". According to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, from 2000 to 2006 the state budget for education increased from VND12.6 trillion (US$762 million) a year to VND38.3 trillion ($2.2 billion) a year. The figures do not include the contributions of parents.

However, while investment into education keeps increasing, the country's position keeps falling in international education rankings and reports. This translates to a serious shortage in qualified college graduates filling the increasing demand in high-tech positions from programmers, various I.T. design and managerial positions, to the emerging semiconductor advanced digital and analog engineering.

Two short comings in current Vietnamese educational system need immediate attention: 1) The quantity and quality of professors; and 2) The theory centric curriculum.

Quantity and Quality of Vietnamese Professors (or the lack thereof)

With some 52,000 teachers and 1.6 million students, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:28, the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) reported in August, 2008. The ratio is as high as 1:30 for private schools. Compared to other countries, where ratios are between 1:15 and 1:20, Vietnam now has a shortrage of 30,000 to 50,000 teachers in the higher education sector, newswire VietnamNet recently reported.

The Theory-Centric Curriculum

"In Vietnam, students spend too much time taking theoretical courses," Dr. Peter Gray from the US Navy Academy told an educational conference held in 2007. "So they don't have enough time to think about what they have learned, research and practice outside class."

At a national conference on the quality of higher education early 2008, MoET reported more than 50 percent of university graduates needed re-training before starting their jobs.

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December 19, 2008. Vietnam Business Forum. Vietnam's IT Industry: Striving for Stronger Growth.

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October 6, 2008. Electronic News. China Continues to Dominate Asia/Pac Semi Industry Growth, But India, Vietnam Gaining.

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