The Viet Nam National Innovation System: A Diagnostic Review

October 29, 2014 (Vietnamica) — National Innovation Systems (NIS) plays a crucial role in countries’ efforts to catch up with technological advances, which are critical for the long-term sustainable economic growth and development of countries. Nguyen, Doan, and Nguyen (2013) provide a diagnostic review of the NIS in Viet Nam such that appropriate policies could be devised and implemented. (more…)

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Cornell, INSEAD, and WIPO Release Global Innovation Index (GII) 2014

October 28, 2014 (Vietnamica) — The Global Innovation Index (GII) 2014 covers 143 economies around the world and uses 81 indicators across a range of themes. Thus, the GII 2014 presents us with a rich dataset to analyse for global innovation trends. The theme for this year’s GII is...

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The Similarities Between Germany and China

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October 21, 2014 (Stratfor; repub. by Vietnamica) — I returned last weekend from a month-long trip to both East Asia and Europe. I discovered three things: First, the Europeans were obsessed with Germany and concerned about Russia. Second, the Asians were obsessed with China and concerned about Japan. Third,...

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Nancy Napier: Lesson from a Former Enemy

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October 19, 2014 (Vietnamica) — Quick quiz: Who declared independence for a fledgling country with the opening words, “All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator...

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Vietnam Airlines’s IPO Facing Hurdles

Oct 17, 2014 (ILC) — Vietnam Airlines IPO has always been the focus of local media. And it has been years since the government started weighing options and plans....

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Tokyo Medical University Approved in Vietnam

Oct 17, 2014 (ILC) — Vietnamese Prime Minister just approved the project of establishing the private Japanese-owned university in Vietnam, called Tokyo Medical University. This will be a not-for-profit...

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Early Signs of Recovery: Vietnamese Real Property Market

Oct 17, 2014 (ILC Hanoi) — According to analysts of Vietnamese real estate market, the market started recovering, following series of new data and information about improving liquidity. (more…)

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Vietnam Exported 4.8mn Tons of Rice in 9 Months

Oct 14, 2014 (ILC) — Vietnam Food Association reported that in the first 9 months of 2014, Vietnamese exporters have delivered 4.788 million tons of rice to major importers...

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In 9 Months Vietnam Imported Pharmaceuticals Worth $1.4bn

Oct 14, 2014 (ILC) — Vietnam’s Customs Department released data showing that in the first 9 months of 2014, the local economy has imported pharmaceuticals worth $1.41bn. (more…)

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Vietnam to Assume the Role of Manufacturing Hub in ASEAN

Oct 14, 2014 (ILC) — Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) confirmed that in the first 9 months of 2014, foreign investors have committed to invest US$11.2 bn...

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Total Assets of Vietnamese Credit Institutions Increased to US$286bn

Oct 14, 2014 (ILC Hanoi) — The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) recently released data on the local credit institutions as of Aug 31, 2014. (more…)

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Student Movements: A Subject of Human Geography

October 14, 2014 (Stratfor, repub. by Vietnamica) — As student protests in Hong Kong continue, memories of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations naturally spring to mind. Less iconic but...

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