Looking at healthcare in Vietnam – where does the country stand today? Vietnam is one of those exciting countries on the map. It is developing rapidly in multiple sectors thanks to strong fundamentals like its well-educated, young, and ambitious population; its growing middle class; a stable political system; and a favourable geographic position.The country’s healthcare system is no exception, as it has seen an impressive expansion in recent years. The improvements in public health insurance coverage – at around 80 per cent, it is a benchmark for many countries – paired with government programmes to boost healthcare provisions in provincial areas and the increasing attractiveness of the sector for private investors, domestic or foreign, have enabled massive investments in the field of healthcare infrastructure, both in public and private hospitals.Like in more developed countries, we observe growing private hospital chains as well as highly specialised hospitals … [Read more...] about Siemens Healthineers: Paving the way to a sustainable system of healthcare
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With the growth of consumerism, Vietnam has become an attractive destination for a number of international brands. Side by side, in the last 20 years a number of Vietnamese domestic firms have also risen quickly and come to the forefront. Many of them have seized leadership positions through locally relevant marketing innovations, distribution reach and speed of execution. However, when it comes to high value, high scale domestic Brands there are only a handful - in dairy, fish sauce and instant noodle sectors. Despite all its economic swagger Vietnam is a surprisingly under-branded market, and externally in the global and regional arena, ‘Brand Vietnam’ is still a weakly defined and poorly leveraged asset.This is unusual for a nation that’s blessed with a progressive and entrepreneurial business community who are second to none in resourcefulness and quick in spotting opportunities. What has hindered domestic brand building in this nation and why haven’t we … [Read more...] about Domestic branding myopia stands in the way of next-level growth
Facebook has just organised the Workplace Introduction and Partners stories, sharing the success stories of Workplace across Vietnamese companies. Workplace by Facebook, a popular social network service and website, is a dedicated and secured communication platform helping companies to internally connect, communicate and collaborate at work. This platform utilises familiar Facebook features like News Feed, Groups and Messages to help teams get things done. With the view to promoting human connections other than organisational charts as well as transforming the way teams are working together, Workplace is developed to bring genuine business benefits for organisations by reducing office operation costs and time wasted while securing efficiency by enabling people to work better together. Thanks to Workplace’s friendly interface and convenience, people can better communicate and share ideas, or raise questions and solutions within groups or publicly. … [Read more...] about Workplace by Facebook changes the way organisations and enterprises communicate
Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a ball to Simone Bolelli of Italy during their game at the Swiss Indoors ATP 500 tennis tournament on Oct 20, 2014 in Basel. (AFP/FABRICE COFFRINI) BASEL, Switzerland: An ongoing appendix problem didn't affect Spanish former world number one Rafael Nadal as he breezed through 6-2, 6-2 in his first round match with Italian journeyman Simone Bolelli at the Swiss Indoors on Monday (Oct 20).The 28-year-old Spaniard - who has been on a 10-day antibiotic regime for an appendix which will have to be removed in the coming weeks - recorded his first victory in three visits to Basel in just 71 minutes breaking Bolelli four times.He next plays France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who defeated another Frenchman Eduard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3).Nadal had been unsure of taking to the court as a result of his medical worries. But he said that getting through in good form was a huge relief. "I had some doubts with myself that I would be able to compete … [Read more...] about Victory just the medicine for Nadal
It takes less than 2.5 years for the average employee in Vietnam to get promoted, which is nearly half a year faster than the regional average, online employment site JobStreet stated in a recent report. A formal promotion is defined by the report as a change in job title or level in the firm, along with extra compensation and benefits. The report was based on a survey of close to 10,400 workers and about 520 employers from a variety of industries, with respondents from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. When it comes to a pay rise that accompanies a promotion, employers in Vietnam seem to be the most generous in the region with a 24 percent increase. Singaporean companies offered an average raise of just 14 percent, compared with the regional 16 percent average. However, “the promotion process and outcome was rated as unfair,” said the report. Workers in Vietnam rated “fairness of promotion processes” poorly, … [Read more...] about If you are working in Vietnam, when should you expect a promotion?
Is our love affair with GDP coming to an end? If you were following this year’s Annual Meeting in Davos, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is indeed the case. In three separate sessions, two giants of the financial world and one leading academic were all in agreement: gross domestic product – the estimate of the total value of goods and services a country produces – is up for review. Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, IMF head Christine Lagarde and MIT professor Erik Brynjolfsson all said GDP is a poor indicator of progress, and argued for a change to the way we measure economic and social development. “We have to go back to GDP, the calculation of productivity, the value of things – in order to assess, and probably change, the way we look at the economy,” said Lagarde. As the business landscape reinvents itself, demographics shift, inequality expands, climate change gets worse and technology continues to advance at breakneck … [Read more...] about Beyond GDP – is it time to rethink the way we measure growth?
When the going gets tough and it feels like you’ve embarked on something that is never-ending, in Britain we often say “it’s like painting the Forth Rail Bridge”. The bridge in question is located around 14 miles west of Edinburgh and spans the Firth of Forth – an estuary that starts in Sterling and flows out to the North Sea. Completed in 1890, it was the first bridge in Britain to be built out of steel and 125 years later is still the second longest cantilever bridge in the world. But as most school children know, steel is prone to rusting – especially in salt water environments. So, for most of the bridge’s lifespan, there has been a permanent team that spent its entire career dabbing red paint on the superstructure, to keep the rust at bay. Painting and re-painting the Forth Bridge seemed like a never-ending task. By the late 1990s the annual cost of repainting the Forth Bridge had reached GBP 1 million per year and it was decided that more … [Read more...] about Bridging the gap: Why are so many education reforms failing?
The way people work is evolving quickly - it's becoming faster, mobile, more complex. At Workplace, we believe that being connected at work means you can get more done and work better, on-the-go.Workplace by Facebook is a dedicated and secured communication platform helping companies to internally connect, communicate and collaborate at work. This platform utilizes familiar Facebook features like News Feed, Groups and Messages to help teams get things done. With the view to promoting human connections other than organizational charts as well as transforming the way teams are working together, Workplace is developed to bring genuine business benefits for organizations by reducing office operation costs and time wasted while securing efficiency by enabling people to work better together. Thanks to Workplace’s friendly interface and convenience, people can better communicate and share ideas, or raise questions and solutions within groups or publicly. Ramesh Gopalkrishna, Head of … [Read more...] about Workplace by Facebook changes the way organizations and enterprises communicate
Illustration by Doã Dung by Y BanHaving finished processing a bundle of procedural papers and bought an air ticket, Xuan was now packing things into the suitcase with great eagerness. It was an indescribable feeling, something like the feeling of a six-year-old girl counting the days until Tet. She was hesitating about putting a skirt in, which would require taking a bag of tea and some rice paper out. She decided to leave the skirt out. Oh, where was the mirror? Here it was.Xuan loved Hoa more than a mother. Xuan knew that it was not a good comparison, but she loved to think about it in that way. Hoa insisted that her mother not come over to her or organise a wedding for her at home. She did not even send her mother a photo of her future husband."What's the use of sending it? It's my private life and I don't want to share it with anybody. I'm sorry, Mom. I love you very much!"Xuan had to ask a friend to search for her daughter's address in Italy. She even kept her … [Read more...] about Round about the way
Today Dan Tri/DTiNews held an online forum called “Making the Best Choice of Institution for Your Future Career”, in which a panel of experts helped to steer hopeful Vietnamese students in the right direction in their choices for overseas study. The live online forum provide career direction for students who study in the UK The panel consisted of four members. Julie Brooks, Director of Postgraduate Programmes, Univeristy of St Andrews has been working continuously since 2005 to improve the experience of students taking master’s courses. Prior to working at the university she held a senior position in the local government in Scotland. She also has wide experience working in the private and public sectors, as well as for NGOs. Tanja Lederer, International Officer, University of Westminster is responsible for marketing and student recruitment in Southeast Asia. She’s worked in Vietnam for ten years and has gained a reputation among students as being … [Read more...] about Online forum paves the way to study in the UK