Index of industrial production in seven months up 11.2%

Monday, 08/08/2022 15:57
The General Statistics Office said that the index of industrial production (IIP) in July was estimated to increase by 1.6% over the previous month and by 11.2% over the same period last year.
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The index of industrial production increase by 11.2% over the same period last year.

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The rise was thanks to a further reopening of the economy in the wake of COVID-19 disruptions, said the Vietnam News Agency.

Output growth accelerated for most components, including manufacturing (12.8% against 9.9% in June); electricity and gas supply (8.7% against 5.5% in June); and waste treatment (9.2% against 6.3% in June).

In contrast, mining output fell 1.5%, reversing from a 5.1% growth in June.

Vietnam National University - Hanoi ranked 758th in the latest Webometrics Ranking of World Universities

The Vietnam National University - Hanoi (VNU) ranked 758th in the latest Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, jumping 186 places from the previous list released in January.

According to the Vietnam News Agency, with the new position, the VNU stood 183rd in Asia and 14th in Southeast Asia, according to the rankings issued by the Cybermetrics Lab of the Spanish National Research Council on August 7.

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The headquarters of the Vietnam National University - Hanoi (Photo: vnu.edu.vn) 

The Webometrics list, published twice a year, assesses the digitalisation capacity and impact of higher education institutions’ academic resources basing on the volume of the website content, the visibility and impact of their website publications, the openness of academic resources on Google Scholar, and the number of citations they received on the Scopus database.

To the VNU, the jump from the 1316th position in the January rankings to the 656th in terms of visibility indicates the broaden scope of influence of its online resources and website on not only the academic community of Vietnam and the world but also the society.

In 2022, this school has continually recorded higher places in global and Asia university rankings, including among the top 1,000 in the QS World University Rankings and the top 301 - 350 in the Times Higher Education (THE)’s Asia University Rankings.

THE also released THE Impact Rankings, which assess universities’ performance of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. In the latest list, the VNU was also present together with some other educational institutions of Vietnam, including the Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Ton Duc Thang University, Phenikaa University, Duy Tan University, FPT University, and National Economics University.

Vietnam emerges as leading global tourist destination

The India Times recently published an article highlighting the country’s emergence from a quiet nation to one of the world's best tourist destinations.

The article outlines how celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain made a significant contribution to elevating the country’s image to the wider world, according to Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

“People are put on Earth for various purposes. I was put on Earth to do this: Eat noodles right here,” said Bourdain during his visit to Vietnam.

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Hoan Kiem Lake (Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn) 

The globally-renowned chef always felt a special connection with the nation, dating back to the first time that he showcased Vietnam back in his 2002's show A Cook’s Tour in Episode 3 of Season 1. Little did the world know that the door opened by Bourdain would come as a blessing in disguise for the country. Indeed, its tranquil seaside would see a transformation so great that it would attract generations of travelers, all of whom are curious to learn more about local culture.

Approximately 20 years ago, Vietnam was not hugely popular among international travelers. In general, people were still travelling in traditional ways, including ready-made tours, according to the article.

The article added that in the country’s case, food played a major role in reviving the tourism industry. Major credit must go to celebrity chef and author Bourdain as the world took inspiration from his adventures and grew curious about the various taste and sights of the country. This led to Vietnam's first batch of travelers who also kick started the first generation of adventure tourists, leading to backpacking to become a popular activity.

The early 2000s were largely slow due to social and political unrest throughout the region, although local businesses got the idea that travelers from the West will come and will want to explore. In order to make it more accessible and welcoming, cities like Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi started to open up backpacker-friendly options specifically for these small tribes of international guests. Other small towns and cities quickly followed suit and started making their locations more traveler-friendly.

In addition, access by air was made easier with the opening of airports in places like Da Nang and Nha Trang, with these picture perfect locales now being made accessible to the world and boasting beautiful locations and interesting food for visitors.

While Western adventure travelers are typically on a mission to take as many off-the-beaten paths as possible, Asian travelers have not followed the changing trend. The curiosity to check out what attracted the Western travelers in the first place has been a big thing among tourists from Asian middle-class societies with disposable income.

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Cau Pagoda (Photo: daidoanket.vn)

This has led to mass tourism, with places such as Hue being popular for its history, Quang Binh province for spelunking, Sa Pa for its iconic paddy fields, and Nha Trang for picturesque beaches. Other popular places include Mekong Delta for its iconic waterways and Phu Quoc for its underwater adventure, leading Vietnam to quickly rise as a hot destination everybody wanted to experience.

Bourdain’s love for pho immediately comes to mind in relation to food tourism. In the last decade, Vietnamese cuisine has become a hit globally. Thanks to various food shows on television, YouTube, and other social media platforms, rice paper rolls (gỏi cuốn), pho, and banh mi have become popular choices of food while eating out.

One of the greatest Vietnamese attractions is therefore the street food scene. It is affordable, easily available, and has plenty of variety, with street food in Vietnam possessing its own unique charm. Experiencing a destination’s unique culture through its food is be a terrific activity to do, the article explained.

It concludes that in a span of less than two decades, going from an underdog destination to a tourism hotspot, Vietnam has developed a long way in a relatively short period of time. It now Draws the interests of photographers, foodies, culture and history buffs, and thrill seekers, meaning it is safe to say that Vietnam is here to stay as a popular tourist destination.

Local painters participate in Int’l Visual Artists exhibition in Thailand

Three acclaimed Vietnamese painters have put their works on display at an Art Exhibition of International Visual Artists of Thailand which is being held in the Thai capital of Bangkok.

Artworks by Ly Khac Nhu, Ly Chan Van, and Viet Kim Quyen are currently on show at the Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center alongside works produced by nearly 200 artists from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, the Republic of Korea, Canada, and Brunei.

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Three Vietnamese painters participate in International Visual Artists exhibition in Thailand
(Photo: sggp.org.vn) 

Quyen says that the exhibition greatly inspires viewers as it highlights collection and preservation efforts for works of art, whilst also promoting them as aspects of cultural heritage.

Over recent years, the Art Exhibition of International Visual Artists of Thailand has grown to be considered as an artistic and cultural exchange that is hugely popular among artists from Asian countries and over the world.

The selected works have been put on display with new creative imprints from the different artistic skills of the painters. The event is scheduled to last until August 28./.

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