Overseas study – Driving the Vietnamese Economy

On a Sunday afternoon in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, young people gather in the central park to meet with their friends, practise their English and perfect their guitar playing.  All under the benevolent gaze of Ho Chi Minh himself.

Coming to the end of a short holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia, what has struck me most powerfully is the sheer energy, dynamism and YOUTH of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s economic powerhouse.  According to the latest international census data, almost 25% of the population is under the age of 14, (compared to 18% in the United Kingdom.)  In fact more than half the population weren’t even born when the Vietnam war ended in 1975.

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Charles Clarke: Developing skilled knowledge workers – The role of international collaboration

Globalisation is the unavoidable reality of the modern world.

People move and migrate.

Technologies, techniques and production methods are transferred across the planet in an instant. Economies are becoming less and less closed, more and more part of the international trading system.

There are fewer and fewer national scientific secrets. Scientific knowledge is almost universally available. Events in one corner of world become constant news in every part of the world.

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