The central coastal province of Thua Thien-Hue organised a seminar on developing eco-tourism in Hue this week, attracting dozens of regional tourism experts and others from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Germany and the US. The event's organisers wanted to create and develop ecotourism projects that meet the market's needs. Cultural heritage values will also be highlighted.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
IT hiring on the rise, workers in short supply
Though the demand for information technology (IT) workers remains high, the supply is limited, according to IT experts who spoke at a recent seminar on the software industry in HCM City.
The shortage of IT employees has affected the development of companies working in major sectors such as finance and banking, and in retail businesses, said Ngo Van Toan, deputy director of Global CyberSoft.
The city has 6,000 IT firms, employing 25,000 engineers. The figure will increase to 10,000 companies which need to attract more than 100,000 employees by 2015.
The Sai Gon Times Daily
Free university exam counselling begins
The free annual University Examination Consulting Programme began yesterday, attracting more than 120 colleges and universities in HCM City and from neighbouring provinces. The programme was launched by the city's Department of Education and Training and its partners.
It will offer free documents and leaflets featuring the latest information about upcoming university entrance examinations. Career guidance from a group of university leaders, employers and labour experts will also be included.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
HCM City to build seven rural hospitals
HCM City this year will operate a project to build seven hospitals that will cost VND13 trillion (US$6.2 billion). All hospitals will be located in rural districts including Thu Duc, Cu Chi and Hoc Mon. If the project is completed by 2015, the city will have 5,500 hospital beds more. The project's money comes from the city's budget and other sources.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Theatre, music contest focuses on history
The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union this week launched a national theatre and music contest for students, aged between 6 and 15, called Em Yeu To Quoc Viet Nam (I love my country Viet Nam). The event will focus on works in praise of national heroes and their victories, and historical events, in an aim to educate youth about the country's history.
Tuoi Tre (The Youth)
Red Cross encourages blood donations
More than 180,000 blood units were collected in HCM City in 2011, meeting 120 per cent of this year's target, according to the HCM City Red Cross. This year, the city plans to organise social and charity programmes to encourage local offices and organisations to increase the number of blood donating among the public, particularly youth.
Nhan Dan (The People)