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What’s in The Saigon Times Weekly’s Special Edition in 2024?

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Focus: Education In A Changing Society: Adaptation And Innovation Are Key: Gilles MAHE is CEO of XCL Education and VAS, a leading group of schools that own 17 educational institutions in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. In an interview with The Saigon Times, he discussed the evolution and prospects of international education in Vietnam, how the trends and expectations of international education have been changing from the past 20 years, and how the Vietnam Australia International School (VAS), a member of XCL in Vietnam, has adapted to the market demand.


New Opportunities For Vietnam: Global geoeconomic conditions continue fluctuating, with the China- U.S. tension showing no signs of abating. The trade war between these two powers, which commenced years ago and has witnessed new developments lately, is ushering in new opportunities for Vietnam. The country needs to prepare itself to make the most of such opportunities so as to bring the economy into a new stage of growth.

Solid Corporate Culture Is The Bedrock: During a talk with The Saigon Times, economic expert Tran Si Chuong (*) emphasized the pivotal role of corporate culture in shaping the image of Vietnamese businesses in the global arena, influencing the national brand, and ultimately impacting labor productivity. Chuong underlines the need to establish a corporate culture aligned with global standards as there is not a distinct Vietnamese corporate culture.

AI, Social Media, And Deepfake: Deepfake is one of 13 words singled out for Word of the Year 2023 by the Merriam-Webster dictionary. According to the dictionary, deepfake is “an image or recording that has been convincingly altered and manipulated to misrepresent someone as doing or saying something that was not actually done or said.”

Social Capital For Advancement: Vietnam has risen to prominence on the global stage, earning the trust of numerous nations and evolving into a pivotal manufacturing center for multinational corporations. Nonetheless, the nation’s economy and society still grapple with inherent deficiencies that could potentially impede and constrict its future progress.


Yearning For A Bright Future: Amid the ceaseless rhythm of life in Saigon, where more than ten million souls brave the trials of each day and night, the unwavering aspiration for a brighter tomorrow is tangible. As I reflect on the trials of the past year and welcome the advent of a new spring, the pulse of Saigon resonates with eager anticipation, yearning for a future adorned with abundance and warmth.

Crafting Tet’s Delectable Delights: As Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) approaches, com- munities across the three regions of Vietnam diligently prepare an array of traditional dishes to honor their an- cestors and warmly welcome guests. Among these cherished of- ferings are a diverse assortment of homemade cakes and jams, including bánh chưng and bánh tét (sticky rice cakes), mung bean cakes, ginger jams, coconut jams, and more. Crafted from locally sourced materials and ingredients, these specialties come in various shapes, colors, and sizes, symbolizing prosper- ity, peace, and good fortune for the upcoming year.

The Rising Loss of Uniqueness: In an age where the world celebrates the distinctiveness of different regions, it is disheartening to witness numerous areas and natural wonders in Vietnam being replaced by concrete structures from distant places. Destinations like Dalat, Phu Quoc, Halong Bay, and Sapa, which were once graced with breathtaking natural beauty, have surrendered their uniqueness to alien concrete structures.


Discovering Cha Loi Cave In Quang Binh: Cha Loi Cave is seen as one of the most magnificent natural wonders in Quang Binh Province, boasting a majestic cave system that unquestionably offers tourists a wealth of unique and awe-inspiring experiences during their exploration of this subterranean marvel.

Palmyra Palm Salad With Beef: An An Giang Culinary Marvel: An Giang Province boasts the renowned palmyra palm, a versatile resource used to craft a variety of delectable dishes, including the tantalizing palmyra palm salad with beef. This dish combines both creative and familiar ingredients to enchant diners from the very first bite.


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