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Vietnam faces shortage of university professors

VietNamNet Bridge – Even though the State Professorship Council announced that the number of candidates meeting standards for the title of professor in 2017 was twice as many as the year before, educators say that Vietnam still lacks professors. An MOET (Ministry of Education & Training) report shows that by the end of 2016, Vietnam ... Read More »

Exercise benefits to the brain 'may be passed on'

Physical and mental exercise has been found to be beneficial for our brains, but scientists have now found it could also improve the learning ability of our children. In a mouse study, researchers found the benefits gained from these activities were passed on to their offspring, despite not altering their DNA. Further research is needed to see if this replicates ... Read More »

Facebook's Zuckerberg says his data was harvested

Facebook’s chief executive has revealed that his data was among that harvested in a privacy scandal. Mark Zuckerberg made the disclosure during his second day of being questioned in Washington. In a related development, the political consultancy at the heart of the affair has announced its acting chief executive is stepping down. He also revealed that his firm was exploring ... Read More »

Conference discusses poor regional rankings for Vietnamese universities

Vietnam currently has five universities named in the top 400 in Asia ranked by the World University Ranking. Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha speaks at the conference The Ministry of Education and Training and Vietnam National University, Hanoi, on April 11 held a conference on solutions to raise international standards and prestige of Vietnam’s universities. The five ... Read More »

Chinese baby born four years after parents' death

A baby has been born in China to a surrogate mother four years after his parents died in a car crash, Chinese media reported. The fertilised eggs had been frozen for years — Photo: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The couple, who died in 2013, had frozen several embryos hoping to have a child through IVF. After the accident, their parents fought ... Read More »

Centers on supporting startup students to be opened nationwide

The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) on Monday announced a detailed plan for the implementation of the project ‘Supporting students in their startup activities until 2025’. An exhibition of technology and a conference on innovative startup organized in Ho Chi Minh City. Accordingly, at least 10 support centers for startup students will be built around the country from now ... Read More »

Syria 'chemical attack': US weighs up military response

The US says “all options are on the table” in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, as Western leaders continue to weigh up military action. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters that a final decision on military strikes had not been taken. But she said the US holds Russia and Syria responsible for the incident. The ... Read More »

Man in hospital after eating world's hottest chilli

A man who ate the world’s hottest chilli pepper in a chilli-eating contest ended up in hospital after experiencing “thunderclap” headaches. Photo: SPL The 34-year-old man had eaten one Carolina Reaper chilli in the contest in New York State. The “crushingly painful” headaches came on in the next few days. His experience has been published in the BMJ Case Reports ... Read More »

TJ Miller: US actor charged over fake bomb threat on train

US actor and comedian TJ Miller has been charged for intentionally reporting a fake bomb threat while travelling on a train, officials say. TJ Miller was reportedly slurring his words in his call to police — Photo: REUTERS Mr Miller, who allegedly called police from the train to report a female passenger with “a bomb in her bag”, was arrested ... Read More »

Mekong Delta students to get access to computer science

VietNamNet Bridge – Microsoft Vietnam and the Dariu Foundation on Tuesday launched a project called “Enabling Boat” to help disadvantaged youth in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta access computer science and code literacy. Microsoft Vietnam and the Dariu Foundation on Tuesday launched a project called “Enabling Boat” to help disadvantaged youth in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta access computer science ... Read More »