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Vietnamese students lag behind Internet age?
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Students appreciate using the
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Internet but up to 70% do not know
how to use it effectively.
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70% of Vietnamese students don’t know
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how to exploit Internet resources.
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communication aid to search for
information. While Asian populations are four times higher than Europe, the
rate of Internet users is equivalent to just one seventh. In Southeast Asia,
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Vietnam is only above Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and the Philippines in
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The concept of the Internet and its values has changed. Initially, the
Internet was only considered an information resource, but now it is
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understood as a service.
Vietnamese students lag far behind the world in using the Internet, even if
only the old view is considered. They only exploit the Internet passively via
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available web tools, thus the information they receive from the Internet is
too large and difficult to use. Instead of exploiting information from the
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Internet efficiently, students are flooded with piles of documents.
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“We are not taught skills to exploit the Internet at university. We learn them
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ourselves because the Internet is something new,” said Nguyen Huyen My,
from the National Economics University.
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Internet exploitation skills are not taught at any university in Hanoi. Even at
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Hanoi Polytechnic University, top in the capital for IT, students only have a
chance to study MsDOS and Pascal, which have been outdated for nearly
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one decade. The Internet is still strange to students, most of whom know it
only as a tool for ‘chat’ and sending and receiving email, not as a powerful
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tool for seeking information. In journalism, an area that requires students to
have qualified skills in searching, selecting, and updating information,
students are also weak.
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“I simply imitate my teachers and students in searching information on the
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Internet to serve my essays. But I often search hundreds of pages of
information and don’t know how to deal with them,” said Nguyen Lam Kieu,
a student of the Press Faculty at the University for Social Sciences and
Prof. Nguyen Quang A said that the first thing he was taught as a university
student was how to search information and books at the library. This is the
starting point for self-study. One university that has begun to teach Internet
exploitation skills is Hanoi University of Technology; however, the lessons
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are only part of its basic IT subject, with only two classes.
“Students must be experts in using and exploiting the Internet. Vietnamese
students have to develop searching machines in Vietnamese and to master
search technology to solve the problem at the roots. To reach that level,
students must have access to skills to exploit the available potential of the
huge databank on the Internet,” said Truong Xuan Nam, Director of Hanoi-
Aptech Programmer Training Centre.
According to Prof. Quang A, to solve the problem, it is necessary to help
students access the Internet, learn exploitation skills, and raise their
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