Friday, September 28, 2007

General/Corporate IELTS & TOEFL Teacher

General/Corporate IELTS & TOEFL Teacher
Language Link Vietnam
Location Hanoi, Vietnam, Vietnam
Deadline --
Experience Entry level
The Perfect Blend!

The excitement of Vietnam, the satisfaction of teaching motivated learners, and the guarantee that you are working with the school that EFL teachers in Vietnam consistently prefer - Language Link!!

We offer:
Full and Part time contracts.
Competitive salary and benefits.
Excellent teacher support and professional development.

For details, please contact us at:
Telephone: 84 4 733-8402
Address: Language Link, 36 Cat Linh, Hanoi, Vietnam

We are currently looking for CELTA/Trinity or equivelant qualified teachers for General and Corporate English courses starting in October/November.

We offer:
Full and Part time contracts.
Competitive salary and benefits ranging from $16 to $20 per hour plus many supplements for example. Off-site +$4ph, ESP EAP +$2, IELTS and TOEFL +$5, YL Sunday +$3. Flight allowance, health insurance and end of contract bonus.
Excellent teacher support and professional development.

For details, please contact us at:
Telephone: 84 4 733-8402
Address: Language Link, 36 Cat Linh, Hanoi, Vietnam

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Vietnam Airlines have just advised an increase in their pay rates and are now offering $10,600!

Beginning with a fleet of only 5 aircraft in 1956, Vietnam Airlines has been through some dramatic changes to become what it is today. Originally known as Vietnam Civil Aviation, they began flying as an independent airline soon after nationalizing Gia Lam Airport. In the ensuing more than fifty one years, they've been through many changes. And with every change have developed, expanded and improved their service to become an airline of international standard.

Please see the attached brief for more details. VAC will be holding screenings for successful applicants during October and November (In Singapore & Seoul). If you would like to be considered, and would be available to attend a sim check in October or November, please send the following as soon as possible:

1. Completed application form (attached)

2. Valid Licence with A320 rating endorsed

3. Class 1 Medical

4. Last Sim Check (must be less than 5 months old, or indicate when

you can/will obtain a new one)

5. Passport

6. Last 2 pages of log book, showing date of last flight on A320

7. License Verification Letter (issued by your local Aviation Authority)

8. Letter of reference from current or last airline (this can be provided later if

difficult to obtain)

Requirements: 5,000 hours total time

3,000 hours in command on jet

1,000 hours in command on A320

Less than 57yrs

Software Engineers needed in Vietnam

Daifuku Mechatronics (S) Pte Ltd

Daifuku Mechatronics (Singapore) Pte Ltd (short-form DMS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of our parent company Daifuku Co Ltd. We are a Japanese company dealing in Automated Material Handling Systems. All manufacturing is done in Japan. At DMS, our operations include Sales, Engineering and Information Systems.

Daifuku is World No. 2 in providing Automated Material Handling Systems. DMS is a regional office supplying our technical know-how to countries like Asian countries, Taiwan, China, Japan, US and Europe.

Our industries include Semiconductor Wafer, LCD Plant, Logistics Warehousing and Manufacturing.

Assistant Software Engineer / Software Engineer in Vietnam


  • A keen and fast learner with good working attitude and initiative
  • Able to travel frequently for short and long periods of time at very short notice
  • Team player and disciplined
  • Good communication skills


  • Diploma / Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or related disciplines
  • Good knowledge of .NET Technologies
  • Good knowledge of ODBC-Compliant Databases
  • Experience in Windows XP/Vista/2000/2003 Platform
  • Good understanding of Object Oriented Programming and concepts
  • Fluent in Vietnam languages. Knowledge of other languages will be a plus

Fresh graduates will be considered. Minimum starting salary will be S$2,000.

This position will require the successful candidate to work in DMS.

Employment will be considered after work permit or employment pass is granted by Singapore Government.

All resumes to be posted to

Teach in Vung Tau Vietnam for ILA

Come work in Vietnam at ILA!

Whether you are a career-minded ELT professional or looking to take a break from your current career, you will find few opportunities to match those offered by ILA Vietnam.

Why choose Vietnam?
Few countries can offer EFL teachers a lifestyle that compares to Vietnam and an opportunity for teachers to immerse themselves in a truly diverse culture. The people are warm and hospitable and encourage you to enjoy the undeniable richness of their country. Additionally, teaching in Vietnam is made extremely positive by the Vietnamese appreciation of learning and the profound respect they have for teachers.

The cost of living is low, which means you can enjoy a fantastic standard of living yet still save money. The choice of lifestyle opportunities is immense. In the daytime there is a large array of activities such as shopping, going to the spa, seeing historical sights, or taking a day trip. You can stay healthy by playing football, going swimming, doing yoga, joining a five-star gym ($50 USD) or have a relaxing full-body massage ($4 USD). Every night you can choose a different restaurant to dine in, from Vietnamese cuisine to one of the largest selections of international fare in Asia. If you enjoy a drink in the evening, there are plenty of bars, clubs and breweries to choose from. All of this is at a fraction of the cost of back home.

Vietnam has a wealth of natural treasures and traditional charms, made easily accessible by the reliable and inexpensive travel options. Follow Vietnam’s extensive coastline or explore its scenic mountain ranges; choose from large, chaotic and modern cities to tranquil, picturesque villages. Furthermore, travel throughout Asia is easy; the number of reliable and inexpensive flight carriers means that there’s no shortage of choice of exciting, exotic, regional destinations, all just a few hours away.

Why choose ILA?

ILA Vietnam is Vietnam’s leading English language training organisation.
We currently have six training centres, with three centres in Ho Chi Minh City and one each in Hanoi, Danang and Vung Tau, and we are rapidly expanding with several more centres opening in the next year.

We currently teach over 8,000 students and employ over 160 expatriates in a wide range of teaching, academic management and administrative positions. Our centres are designed, built and equipped to the highest standards, thus providing teachers, employees and students with an excellent study and work environment. We place a strong emphasis on academic quality and this is reflected in our approach to teacher recruitment, development, support and management.

Key benefits :
• Highly competitive remuneration packages
• Excellent career opportunities in academic management, teacher training and in other areas
• Strong support and professional development
• Dedicated academic management and support team
• In-house CELTA, CELTYL and DELTA programmes
• World class facilities and teaching resources
• $1000 USD completion bonus to teachers
• Opportunities to get involved in charitable project work
• Option to transfer between our various training centres located throughout Vietnam

What’s more, we also offer:
• First five nights accommodation free of charge
• Work permits and entry/exit visas organised and paid for by the school
• Annual health insurance allowance, paid at the beginning of contracts
• Paid level testing and other non-teaching work available throughout the year
• Airport pickup by a member of ILA staff
• 30 days holiday, including national and ILA holidays
• Free “Survival Vietnamese” lessons
• ILA sponsored social activities throughout the year, including the ILA birthday party, the Christmas Party, quarterly get-togethers and an annual trip to the beach.

What if I want to volunteer while living abroad?
ILA prides itself on being involved with and giving something back to the local community and has therefore established the ILA Community Network. Staff and employees can volunteer in charitable projects that include both fundraising events and volunteering options at shelters, orphanages, or the Cancer Hospital.

Please visit our website for more information.

What positions are available?

ILA Vietnam is seeking EFL professionals for the following positions:
• Young Learners teachers to teach a variety of general English levels to children aged 4 to 18 years old.
• Adult English teachers to teach General English, Exam Preparation (IELTS & TOEFL), and Corporate ELT programmes.
• Academic Management Positions

All teaching positions require a minimum of a BA + CELTA (or equivalent.) Academic Management positions require the above as well as a MA or DELTA.

I’m interested! How do I apply?

Please forward by email the following to our recruitment department:

1. Full CV, dated and with references
2. Copy of passport page with details and photograph.
3. Cover letter, stating which training centre and which position you are applying to
4. Soonest realistic start date.

For further information about ILA Vietnam, available positions, or volunteer opportunites, visit our website at ILA Vietnam - ILA Vietnam.

402 Nguyen This Minh Khai
Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam
ILA Vietnam - Careers with ILA
Telephone: (884) 929-0100
Fax: (884) 929-0070
Contact person: Caroline Elliot/Maree Chiricosta, Recruitment Executives

Thursday, September 20, 2007

TNH Jobs - Native ESL Teacher at WizIslandVietnam

Location: Hà Nội


Wiz Island is a new thriving International Kindergarten and the first branch school in Vietnam. Wizisland Korea, mother school of international branches, currently holds over 50 kindergarten branches in the Republic of Korea nationwide and over 8 branches in the U.S.A, Canada, China, Japan worldwide. This Genuine Play school and Global Learner’s 3Qs Learning school “where all the children always love to be" offers quality emotional education to children from abroad including an extended "before and after school care" programs.

We are seeking for the professional teachers who want to join in our organizations success. The chosen candidate will receive a highly regarded benefits package and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Our Hanoi Branch will be open in January, 2008.

Programs: Wiz English, Wiz Reading, Wiz Math, Wiz Gabe, Wiz Game, Wiz Art play, Wiz Music(MYC), Wiz singing, Wiz cooking, Wiz Delta sand, Wiz Gym, Wiz Special

The TEACHER will be generally required to:

- Instruct child education

- Take charge of an age-classified classroom

- Coordinate scholastic administration

- Learn TQC programs

- Take charge of open-class, level test, and academic advise

- Participate academic workshop

If you meet the followings:

- ESL teacher with highly desirable

- Advanced degree in Education of Children or related major

- At least one year experience in kindergarten or schooling administration

- Eligibility for Vietnam Certification

- Long-term residential qualification (school supports visa)

- Love children with full of respect and responsibility

-Recent Photograph

To apply

Right now please call to us:

T: 04) 974. 2719~20 F: 04) 974. 2721

To apply, please send your applications and full CV to:

Jessica Choi /GM

If you want to get detailed information about us, please stop by to visit our company after calling:

Suite #8 12A floor, Vincom City Tower B, 191 Ba Trieu, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi

For more information about Wiz Island Vietnam, please visit our website at

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Vietnam:Cost Estimating Engineer required

Contact Person:Mr T K TIONG
Telephone:60-3-2698 2648
Fax:60-3-2693 7550

Summary Details
Title:Cost Estimating Engineer
Ref Number:M872/09/07
Job ID87220
Posted date:15-Sep-07
Closing Date:15-Nov-07

Job Description
University Degree in Engineering or Quantity Surveying
•Greater than 10 years direct experience in the cost estimating of offshore Oil & Gas Facilities
•Strong written and spoken English language skills
•Self-motivated individual with strong analytical, technical, problem solving and evaluation skills
•Ability to work in a team environment and with minimum supervision
•Proficient in PC applications
•Knowledge of the Vietnamese Laws and the functioning of Joint Operating Companies in Vietnam will be an Operating Companies in Vietnam will be an added advantage. Previous regional experience will also be beneficial

Contract Duration:1 year with optional extension
Salary & conditions:Candidite to propose
Start Date:ASAP

Job Location
Area/Town:Ho Chi Minh Ho Chi Minh

Job Seeker Requirements
Nationalities open to:- ANY
Minimum Qualifications:Degree

Experience Required
Job FunctionYears Experience
Industry Years Experience
Oil and Gas10

Friday, September 14, 2007

Construction Project Manager-Vietnam

Project Manager
(Others - Vietnam)


  • The successful candidate is expected to implement, coordinate and oversee a low-rise commercial and service apartment project. He is to ensure the construction work are adhered to Company's Quality Management System, Project Quality Plan (PQP) and comply with all job Safety Requirements.


  • Degree in Civil Engineering / Architecture / Building Science with relevant project management exposure to low-rise commercial and residential/service apartment development

  • Minimum 3 years working experience at site in handling significant project portfolios

  • To involve in project feasibility studies, assess project profitability and viability and make recommendation to the management

  • To manage the development planning, including liaison with all relevant consultants, agencies and authorities

  • To manage the main contractors / sub contractors to ensure building progress is in line with plans

  • Process strong technical acumen, strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Excellent leadership qualities, high level of integrity and a good team player

Interest individuals are invited to submit their applications, complete with curriculum vitae and a recent photograph to the Director,

Training in agricultural techniques in Vietnam

I'm looking for practitioners/consultants with experience of permaculture in Vietnam - preferably Vietnamese.

A new program is starting on upland livelihoods in Vietnam. This will include training in agricultural techniques, capacity building of local service providers and village development planning. Permaculture is an alternative to common agricultural practises and I would like to include this as an option in the program.

Please forward description of your organisation, your cv and/or motivation if this has your interest. Upon request, I will provide more information about the programme and intended outcomes.

Cathrine Dolleris

Thanh Nien Daily is hiring

Thanh Nien is hiring for a new English language daily
Thanh Nien will publish a new English language newspaper, Thanh Nien Daily, from October 1 to add to its existing Vietnamese language daily and weekly, and two websites (one each in Vietnamese and English).

The new publication is looking for reporters, copy editors, and other staff to be based in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Thailand, Singapore, and other places.

Applications are invited from reporters, copy editors, and graphic designers with a desire to work for a quality English language publication and the following qualifications:

1. Reporters, Translators:

Below 40

University degree or equivalent

Excellent English skills – specialized qualification or university certification from English-speaking countries will be an advantage

At least one year’s experience at English language publications or websites

2. Copy Editors:

Native speaker/overseas Vietnamese/others who learnt English as first language

University degree or equivalent

At least one year’s experience in editing English language publications or websites

3. Proofreaders:

Below 40

Excellent English skills – specialized qualification or university certification from English-speaking countries will be an advantage

At least one year’s experience in proofreading English language publications or websites

4. Graphic Designer:

Below 35

Degree from University or Junior College of Fine Arts for Application

Expertise in using graphics software

Fair English language skills


Application letter in English encapsulating your abilities and experience, one photograph

Resume, copies of certificates

For reporters/translators only – Five English language articles published in newspapers/magazines

Applications should be sent in by Sept. 15 to 248 Cong Quynh St, District 1, HCMC or by email to or

Please inscribe clearly on the envelope or in the subject line of the email the post you are applying for.

Qualified applicants will be invited for a personal interview. All applications will not be returned under any circumstances.

Vietnam cosidering removing limit on foreign workers in firms

Vietnam is considering removing the limitation on the number of foreign employees in enterprises, which is now capped at 3% of total labourers.

The Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) is compiling a draft decree on recruitment and management over foreign labourers in Vietnam, which is expected to replace the currently applied Decree 105 on the same issue. The draft decree compilers plan to make a breakthrough by removing the cap on the number of foreign labourers in enterprises.

In fact, the attempt to limit the number of foreign labourers has not brought the expected effects in preventing the clearer tendency of increased number of foreign labourers in Vietnam.

According to the reports by 38 local departments of labour, war invalids and social affairs and 20 industrial zones’ management boards, by the end of 2006, Vietnam had 34,117 foreign labourers. The number of foreign labourers has been increasing rapidly in the last three years, by 61% in 2006 over 2005 (12,900 labourers). In 2005, the number of foreign labourers represented the increase of 68.4% over 2004, or 8,615 persons.

In theory, Vietnam does not open its doors to low qualification labourers, it only welcomes the labourers for the posts that cannot be filled by domestic labourers. However, the statistics show that among the present 34,117 labourers in Vietnam, 31.8% hold management posts, 41.2% are technical experts, while 27% are other labourers. Those who have college degrees and experience amount to 50% of total foreign labourers now in Vietnam.

In fact, Vietnam is facing a lack of qualified managers and high grade labour force. Jos Lagens from Navigos Group said that the use of foreign labourers for high positions in enterprises was still the choice of many enterprises, some of which even set the requirements on the nationality for staffs.

As Vietnam has joined the WTO, it has to fulfill the commitments it has made to the organisation, including the commitments relating to the presence of foreign individuals. The foreigners moving inside enterprises, the foreigners offering to sell services or provide services under contracts, will have the right to work in Vietnam. This means that the number of foreign labourers will increase considerably in Vietnam when the country integrates more deeply into the world’s economy.

Nguyen Thanh Hoa, Deputy Minister of MOLISA, said that Vietnam would not manage foreign labourers by limiting the number any more, but would keep control over quality. He said that Vietnam would only licence foreign labourers who could meet the requirements for the posts which could not be fulfilled by domestic labourers.

The compilers plan to set stricter procedures in order to manage foreign labourers. Under the current regulations, foreign labourers working for institutions and agencies and coming to Vietnam to implement contracts with domestic institutions and organisations do not have to get licences. However, the draft decree says that all labourers coming to Vietnam to work must get licences, except the ones who work less than three months, owners of enterprises and labourers offering to sell services. Foreign labourers will have to show working licences when making entry and exit formalities.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Work and travel programmes offer much, but it's not all plain sailing


When Kwanmanas Benya-apikul, a graduate from Silpakorn University, joined a summer work and travel programme, she imagined an exciting and adventurous experience lay ahead for her. Instead, she learned that the job she expected was not available and found that her working conditions were poor.

"Frankly, we were treated like illegal or smuggled labour," she said.

Work and travel programmes offer university students a chance to work at temporary jobs over the summer holiday, and the opportunity to travel around a foreign country for a month before returning home.

"It's part of globalisation and Westernisation. People want to see and experience other parts of the world," said Thanyaporn Chantaravech, whose thesis at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, was entitled Life in a Cross Cultural Exchange Programme: Globalisation in the Experiences of Thai Youth.

According to her book, Work and Travel, a Naive Risk: The Investigation of Labour Tourism, an expanded version of her thesis, such programmes offering trips to the US are part of the Exchange Visitor Programme started by the US' Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. The act is aimed at promoting cultural exchanges and allowing foreign students to experience life in the US.

Although it sounds ideal for those who seek a challenge at affordable cost (about 120,000 baht, including placement fee, visa application and flights), many think it is a kind of trade in cheap labour.

"Looking at it pessimistically, the US seems to get more advantages. They get quality labour at a low price," said Thanyaporn.

Such programmes were introduced to Thailand in 1997, and have gained in popularity over the last five years. Approximately 4,000 to 5,000 students now choose to spend their summers this way.

Some find the experience rewarding, but others find themselves in unbearable situations and treated unfairly. Being under-paid, over-worked and stuck with non-negotiable conditions are some of the problems commonly reported.

In one case, tragically, a student working at a fun fair was accidentally hit by one of the rides and killed. His employer refused to take responsibility, blaming the victim for not performing his job properly.

And when troubles like this occur students often find themselves with no one to turn to.

"Often the '24 hour' hot line offered by the agency in Thailand can't be reached, or if you do manage to get through, they usually suggest we just keep doing the job," revealed Kwanmanas. "We are left all alone, with only ourselves and friends to turn to."

Thanyaporn says that the problem stems from the management of the system. The US Department of State's Office of Exchange Coordination and Designation controls the private exchange organisations in the US which cooperate with those in Thailand. The Thai agencies' task is to find participants and arrange for visa applications and other paperwork. They have no ability or responsibility to oversee the jobs offered to participants once they are on US soil.

"Now, basically, the programme is under the control of only US law and the US government seems to care more about national security. When programme participants enter the country, they must be registered at the department of Homeland Security so that their whereabouts can be tracked. If anyone loses their passport, they will be sent home immediately."

But what about the responsibility of the organisations involved? Who will see that justice is done and compensation paid for students who are cheated or, even worse, killed? Unfortunately, there is no government section controlling such programmes so far.

"Such programmes are ambiguous. They overlap between education, work and even travel," said Saree Ongsomwang from the Foundation for Consumers.

"That makes it difficult to find anyone who has the authority to solve problems or control the quality. Work and travel programme organisers are not registered as labour agencies, so, victims cannot file lawsuits because there is no applicable law," said Supat Kukhun, an official from the Ministry of Labour.

However, disappointing experiences may also be the result of an individual's misconceptions or overly high expectations.

"Many participants misunderstand the concept and reality of the programmes," said Thanyaporn. "They receive distorted information, sometimes from misleading advertisements."

Some agencies warn students about the hard working conditions, but due to lack of experience, especially among Thai youth who are accustomed to being pampered, they cannot imagine what the reality will be like.

"Most of us think joining the programme will be like a social activity and travelling with friends," Kwanmanas admitted.

Participants from other nations, such as the Philippines and Poland, Thanyaporn said, tend to perceive the programme more realistically. They know what they will encounter and acknowledge that this is a labour-intensive job.

Culture shock is another factor that makes life there difficult. An unfamiliar working culture that stresses discipline and hard work can cause problems for the easy-going Thai nature. Some find themselves being fired for what they see as a trivial mistake that employers, on the other hand, take much more seriously.

Meanwhile, the polite, submissive character that many Westerners admire can also be a weakness. They dare not raise problems or mention their dissatisfaction.

"In my opinion, Thai students are hard-working but not assertive," commented Uraiwan Panthong, who took part in such a programme last year.

When facing difficulties, Thanyaporn says in her book, Thai youth are likely to blame it on luck. Problems are viewed individually and thus rarely reach a solution at policy level.

To cope with these issues, Thanyaporn suggests training and orientation to provide practical and accurate information for prospective participants.

Despite the drawbacks, Thanyaporn, who also joined a programme and enjoyed a satisfactory experience, thinks work and travel programmes are worth trying if there is an effective system of controls and close monitoring by governmental divisions.

"This thesis only prompts awareness of these programmes. To seriously push the agenda to policy level, much more study must be done," she added.

For those who are still willing to take the risk, here is some advice from Thanyaporn: "Ask yourself why you want to join such a programme, and whether you are ready to handle unexpected things. Try to choose a reliable agency and find out as much information as you can first."

Vietcore – Broadcast Design & Motion Graphics requires expert


Vietcore Studio
Broadcast Design & Motion Graphics

Vietcore – Broadcast Design & Motion Graphics – a potential Studio specializing in visual effects, TVC,...
With our Client/ Co-operated Companies, we are trusted and impress by our skill of technique and high-quality products. With you – the people who have passion in the creative field, we give the professional, friendly, active working environment, in additional, the opportunity of improvement and development is a high-priority condition.

In order to implement our strategy of expanding and developing, we would like to recruit a position of CG - VFX Compositor working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as details below:

- Have knowledge of art.
- Have knowledge of design.
- Be able to evaluate the quality of artistic products, such as film, TVC, cinematic, photorealistic,…
- Be able to reach the trends of graphics design, motion graphics design, visual effects.
- Experience in entertainment/ advertising.
- Have passion of films, music, games.
- Be able to self-train and be under high pressure.
- Be creative and good teamwork.
- Skills:
+ Compositing software such as: Adobe After Effects and/or Apple Shake.
+ Graphics Design software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator.
+ Have knowledge of 3D: Maxon Cinema 4D (Autodesk Maya) is in advance.
+ Be able to design CG Storyboard or sketching storyboard.
+ Understand of video editing is a plus.

Salary: 400 – 1000 USD (up to candidate's ability)

Document of applying:

- CV/ Resume and cover letter of Job applying.
- Reel with duration at least 1 min (please note what you handle in that reel if it is not your individual job, and describe more your job in about 30 seconds with your skill).
- Storyboard: Reel CG board/ sketching board.
- Note: All documents are saved into CD/DVD and not be sent back to you.

For further information, please contact and send your documents to:

Vietcore Studio
Broadcast Design & Motion Graphics.

50 Hoa Phuong Str., Phu Nhuan Dist. HCMC, Vietnam
Tel: (08) 517 0330 - ext: 35
Email: Mr. Vu Pham:

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Investment brokerage, new ‘job’ in Vietnam

11:38' 07/09/2007 (GMT+7)

The inauguration ceremony of two plants of Foxconn Group.

VietNamNet Bridge – At the recent groundbreaking ceremony of the two hi-tech plants of Taiwan’s Foxconn group, the busiest person was the Chairman of the Saigon Investment Group, Dang Thanh Tam, an ‘outsider’.

At the ceremony, Mr. Tam was busy shaking hands and speaking with foreign partners in Vietnamese, English, and Chinese. He was like the host of this event rather than a guest.

Mr. Tam didn’t hide his pride when he was praised for being a good broker who led the way for Foxconn to enter Vietnam.

“It began very simply. A Taiwanese official came to Vietnam to attend the APEC Summit in Hanoi last November and he then introduced Vietnam as an investment destination for his cousin, who came to Vietnam last December to survey the market. This cousin, Chairman of Foxconn group, Mr. Terry Guo, decided to invest in Vietnam after several days surveying this market,” Mr. Tam reminisced.

When the Chairman of Foxconn paid a visit to the north of Vietnam in late 2006, the Saigon Investment Group was the organiser of this trip. After returning to Taiwan, Mr. Terry Guo sent his representatives to Vietnam once again to seek more information and this time Saigon Investment Group was also the information supplier.

Mr. Tam said that it was not easy to convince Taiwanese investors. “Though they had our reports already, they still hired others to verify our information,” he said.

Investment brokerage – a difficult job

The people who play the role of investment brokers must have broad relations and especially relations to important persons to be able to convince foreign investors. They also have to be experts of local laws and investment processes.

There was a case in which a province had only attracted $20 million over 20 years and when a big foreign investor came to seek information about the province’s investment climate, local officials didn’t know what to do. Mr. Tam, who worked as a lawyer in the past and had 10 years of experience in investment promotion, helped the province in this task. He explained to foreign guests about the development of the province, its labour forces and even wrote reports and sent them to the investor.

Le Huu Quang Huy, Director of the Investment Promotion Centre of the Central Region, said that investment promotion was no longer as simple as organising workshops to introduce the potential and then wait for foreign investors to come. Investment promoters now have to supply foreign investors with detailed information about each project.

Mr. Huy has many times brought foreign investors to potential areas for investment in the central region. Most recently, he hired a naval ship to bring investors to wild areas of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue and the Central Highlands province of Khanh Hoa. He also paddled in shallow water with guests on a field trip. Finally, the representative of Singapore’s Bonwest Holdings decided to invest in a resort on nearly 100ha of land in the central region instead of on 15-20ha as his previous plan.

Head of the Foreign Investment Department under the Planning and Investment Ministry, Phan Huu Thang, commented that personal relations in investment promotion were very important. Sometimes regional investment promotion centres are unable to cover everything so they need brokers who have broad relations and high prestige in the circle of investors.

“In some cases investors know those brokers’ reputation so they directly make contact with them to be consulted about the investment environment in Vietnam,” said Mr. Thang.

Mr. Dang Thanh Tam said that when meeting with foreign partners, only focusing on the goal of inviting investment into a project is not good enough. At the beginning when he worked as a ‘broker’ for foreign investors, he didn’t think that they would invest in his industrial zone or any others but investing in Vietnam is okay. However, gradually he realised that acting as investment brokers could bring prestige for himself and his company.

“Now many local and foreign companies know me as an investment broker,” he said proudly. Moreover, many foreign investors have cooperated with his company, the Saigon Investment Group, to perform investment projects in Vietnam.

The Saigon Investment Group has recently signed an agreement with the US’ TETCO to invest in the HCM City Hi-tech Park and with the Foxconn Group to implement a thermo-power project in Binh Dinh province.

Mr. Tam revealed that in late September 2007 he would lead the representatives of some American hi-tech companies to survey the investment environment of HCM City.

According to the Foreign Investment Agency, around 50 projects worth $50 billion are being promoted. The country’s plan to attract $12 billion of foreign investment capital in 2007 is feasible because the volume of foreign capital drawn in the past eight months is on par with the plan and many big projects can be licenced from now to the year’s end.

The top official of the Foreign Investment Agency, Phan Huu Thang, said that investment brokerage was welcomed if brokers understood the laws and were warm-hearted about attracting foreign investment for Vietnam. When Vietnam is exerting itself to draw foreign investment, it is better to have more resources contributing to call for investment

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Customer Service Executive

Multi Square Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary company of SerSol Technologies Berhad, is a manufacturing of coating for plastic / polymer, wood & metal applications.

We invite dynamic, resourceful and self-motivated individuals to join us in the following position:

Advertised on 3-9-07. Application deadline on 2-10-07

Customer Service Executive
(Vietnam - HANOI)


  • Reporting to the HQ Office at Johor Bahru, Malaysia, the successful candidate will service the existing customer in Vietnam, provide technical support. As Customer Service Executive, he/she will maintain existing accounts and develop new customers.


  • Applicants should be Vietnamese citizen
  • Must be fluent in spoken and written English
  • Candidate must possess a Diploma or Degree in marketing, chemistry or relevant studies
  • At least 3-5 years sales experience in industrial coatings, decorative coatings related products
  • Wide contacts in industry involved in coatings applications, secondary process.
  • Must possess own transport
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills are important
  • Maturity and able to work independently and with minimum supervision
  • Capable of organizing and operating a small office (like a representative office)

Salary, allowances and sales incentive shall be discussed accordingly.

Please email your CV with current & expected salary to:-

Sunday, September 2, 2007

A guide to prepare for the IELTS test

Published on August 30, 2007

It's important for everyone to take a pre-test before enrolling in an IELTS preparatory course to see if their understanding of the English language is good enough to understand what's being explained in class, Jamie Blanchard Dorset, deputy project manager of the Continuing Education Centre at Chulalongkorn University says.

"If students are pre-tested and their scores are quite low, then we suggest that they stay out of the classroom. This is because it would be difficult for the teacher to teach everybody if some students are slow. It also becomes difficult for other students because they would have to wait for slower students to understand," he explains.

Besides, it would be a waste of money for low-scoring students to take the exam, which costs Bt5,700 each time.

"We advise them to try and improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, then enrol in an IELTS preparation course before going on to take the exam," Dorset says.

So, what are Thai students' weak points?

Many think it's their lack of ability in the English language. It's not. The weakest point faced by Thai students is that they don't know how to prepare themselves properly.

"When students take the 60-hour IELTS preparation course with me, they don't realise that these 60 hours are just the beginning - things only get tough after that," Terry Goose, assistant manager of the Continuing Education Centre at Chulalongkorn University, explains. "They don't realise how much they have to study outside the class. Some think that if they show up in class, they will pass the test."

Dorset says that though these 60 hours can give them some background and show them what the exam format is going to be, they still have to work on their own. He suggests that students practice talking to native-speakers and read in their free time if they want high scores.

So, here are some tips:


"Examinees shouldn't worry if their English isn't perfect during the interview, because students who get good scores don't speak perfectly either," says Weenarat Thongnual, IELTS counsellor of IDP Bangkok

The reason why they get such high scores is because they talk confidently and use enough conjunctions in their conversation such as, and, moreover and however. This helps them sound fluent and natural.

"You should also speak clearly so that examiners can evaluate your pronunciation correctly. And when examiners ask a yes or no question, you should not answer just in a yes or a no, but explain your reasons and look into your examiner's eyes to show that you're confident," she advises.

When the examiner asks you to give your opinions on a topic, you should give both the positive and the negative sides so they can hear you speak for a longer period.

"Use English to communicate with your friends instead of Thai. This way, you'll become more familiar with the language and feel more comfortable with it during the interview," she says.


"Students should keep an eye out for English-language signs everywhere they go and should try and read the newspaper everyday. They should never be afraid of reading, just pick up something that's interesting and that should improve their skills," Goose advises.

Also, during the exam, read the actual passage before you look at the questions, especially the title and the first paragraph. This is very important because it has the main idea. Next, look at the questions and then go back to look for more details.

If you see a word you don't understand, judge its meaning by the context it is in - that should give you the general idea, he explains.


When writing an essay, students should write a good introduction and each paragraph should carry the key idea that refers to the overall statement and has a supporting idea connecting it to the first line. Also write a conclusion that isn't copied from the introduction, Goose says.

Spend the first few minutes jotting down your ideas, then look at the notes and work out the details for the essay. It is also very important to make sure that your idea is relevant to the subject.

Students should also learn how to plan quickly during an exam.

"They can't spend 10 minutes planning if they have just 20 minutes to write," he warns.

"I teach my students to first work as a group and share ideas; in the next two weeks they need to work on these ideas in pairs and by the end of course, they are thinking by themselves."


During exam, students have to listen to people speaking on a tape, such as a conversation between two friends, discussions at a seminar or a lecture, and at the same time, they have to read and answer questions.

Dorset says, "In the actual exam, remember that you will only hear the tape once, so you must not waste your time looking back during the exam. While you listen, make sure that you choose the answer and move on to the next part of the exam."

Once the listening section is over, examinees are given 10 minutes to transfer their answers to an answer sheet. "That's the time to go back and think about answer again," he says.

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By Trichai Narungsiya

Special to The Nation

Thailand's English teachers score an "F"

Editorial: An 'F' for English teachers

Shameful test scores reflect the need for a serious upgrade in the way the language is taught countrywide

A recent report stating that English-language teachers from primary and secondary schools in 30 provinces had scored well below 50 per cent in an English test is disturbing news for the national educational system. A total of 14,189 teachers sat the test, and 74.59 per cent of them reportedly scored less than 41 out of 100. About 10 per cent of the participants scored over 60.

The overall score for the test was divided into 30 points for listening, 30 for reading comprehension, 20 for writing and 20 for speaking.

The lowest recorded score was a shocking two out of 100, and this has left a serious question in parents' minds as to whether the teacher who got this shameful mark deserves to keep his or her job teaching English.

Senior education officials and members of the general public have expressed concern about the poor test results. Some have suggested that low-scoring teachers be given scholarships to English-speaking countries to help them improve their English, but the big expense involved in overseas training would be a major financial obstacle for the government.

Unlike teachers at university level, teachers in primary and secondary schools fall under much stricter rules when it comes to taking long leave for training.

Schoolteachers who want to take just one or two days off to attend a seminar reportedly have to submit their applications up to one month in advance, and some even have to pay their own travelling expenses. This clearly shows how different the government's standards are when it comes to the treatment of teachers at university and school levels.

Responsible agencies do not necessarily have to send them for further training in English-speaking countries in order to help them improve their English.

In the current age of fast-developing information technology, they can make use of the Internet and other electronic tools. It should be the responsibility of the Fundamental Education Commission and Ramkhamhaeng University, which together conducted the English test, to find ways to put this less expensive alternative into practice.

The teachers themselves hold the key to the collective achievement of any plan by the government to improve the standard of English-teaching in schools. Instead of occasionally taking traditional training courses, they would have to actively follow up on the development of information technology and make the best use of it.

Those who are complacent with their limited English skills and see no serious need to shape up should be dismissed and replaced by others who are more willing to pursue perfection in teaching standards.

China is a good example of a country that has achieved a fast improvement in the use of English.

Those who have visited Chinese cities must have seen Chinese students who studied English only in local schools able to fluently converse in the language, even though they have never been abroad.

The secret to their skills, as revealed by the students themselves, is that they have trained themselves outside the classroom by using the Internet, listening to tapes and radio programmes and watching TV. This fast collective improvement in English is outstanding considering the fact that the development of modern education in China began only 30 years ago, after years of being hampered by the Cultural Revolution.

For Thailand, the poor skills of hundreds of thousands of English-language teachers in schools across the country could be a serious threat to overall educational standards, and if those responsible offer the excuse that they have difficulty recruiting qualified personnel for the jobs and thus have to use whoever is handy, this is not just a matter of teachers' poor qualifications: it reflects a larger problem with the central screening of those qualifications.