The old town area of Hoi An, lit with glowing lanterns (Source: CNN)

The ancient city which was recognized the world cultural heritage site in 1999 was ranked ninth on the list.

There are a lot of sites to visit in Hoi An, including Hoai river, Hoi An market, bridge pagoda, and trade villages.

In 2019, the ancient city topped the list of 15 best cities in the world in a vote of the US travel magazine Travel & Leisure./.

Vietnam praised for quick response to Covid-19

A field hospital against Covid-19 put into operation in Ho Chi Minh city. (Photo:

Vietnam has responded well to the Covid-19 epidemic from the very outset, preventing its spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement on February 15th.

Accordingly, it appreciated Vietnam’s remarkably increasing ability to address urgent public health issues, including emerging outbreaks of infectious diseases.

It also confirmed that this result had been made possible by many years of investment to improve Vietnam's healthcare capacity, including inspection and evaluation of risks, laboratory capability, prevention and control of bacterial contamination, clinical management, and dissemination of risks.

WHO considers all these factors when assessing the national capability in readiness of responding and controlling urgent health issues.

This capability has been challenged and checked through actual events in Vietnam, including the current Covid-19.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health’s updates showed that as of 8 a.m on February 17th, 71,332 cases of Covid-19 were reported worldwide, with 1,775 fatalities, mainly in China. In Vietnam, 16 patients were confirmed, with no deaths, and 7 of whom have been cured and discharged from hospital./.

Vietnam named in list of 10 leading ASEAN research universities

Ton Duc Thang University listed among top ASEAN research universities

In early 2020, for the first time, a Vietnamese university was listed among top 10 excellent research universities in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

According to the Web of Science data, in 2019, ASEAN member countries published 63,445 publications on the International Scientific Index (ISI). Among 10 leading universities, Vietnamese Ton Duc Thang University ranked 7th.

Leading the top 10 are 2 in Singapore, followed by 4 from Malaysia. The 8th and 9th position belonged to 2 from Thailand and the 10th is another from Malaysia.

Ton Duc Thang University, the pride of the Vietnamese tertiary education system, has gradually confirmed its position and scientific research ability in the region and in the world.

In 2016-2018, Ton Duc Thang University was listed among the 25 leading ASEAN research foundations, before reaching the top 10 in 2019. In the world in 2019, Ton Duc Thang University was listed 960th among the best universities, according to University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP); top 1,000 world’s best universities and Vietnam’s number one university according to Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), and top 200 most sustainable development universities in the world, according to Times Higher Education (THE)./.

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