Trong địa hạt học thuật, tất cả đều bình đẳng, quyền lực chính trị cũng không thể chi phối

Trong địa hạt học thuật, tất cả đều bình đẳng, quyền lực chính trị cũng không thể chi phối.

Đây là điều mình rút ra sau khi đọc một bài báo trên báo Sankei (tin cũ từ năm 2015). Có lẽ đây là một phương châm hơi bị lý tưởng hoá, nhưng mình nghĩ cần hướng tới.


Nội dung của tin xoay quanh sự kiện luận văn thạc sỹ của thị trưởng thành phố Shimonoseki (tỉnh Yamaguchi) bị hội đồng giáo sư của khoa kinh tế của trường đại học “Shimonoseki City University” đánh trượt. (trường ĐH này do thành phố lập ra).

Ông thị trưởng không đồng ý với kết luận của hội đồng giáo sư và đòi công khai thông tin về quá trình đánh giá luận văn, trong khi hiệu trưởng của trường ĐH nói rằng họ chỉ làm theo quy định của trường.

Đề tài luận văn thạc sỹ của ông thị trưởng là về sự phân quyền ở địa phương. Luận văn của ông dài 550 trang A4 (quá khủng khiếp đối với một luận văn thạc sỹ), trong đó ông viết cả về kinh nghiệm làm việc thực tiễn và nhân sinh quan của ông.

Thị trưởng rất tự tin về luận văn của mình nhưng khi luận văn được đưa ra hội đồng giáo sư (gồm 33 người), luận văn đã bị đánh trượt vì không được tối thiểu 2/3 số thành viên trong hội đồng thông qua.

Thị trưởng rất bực bội vì ông cho rằng luận văn của ông bị đánh trượt chủ yếu vì lối viết của nó quá khác biệt so với các luận văn thông thường chứ không phải vì nội dung của nó.

Hiệu trưởng ĐH Shimonoseki mặc dù rất bối rối vì bị người đứng đầu của thành phố chỉ trích nhưng vẫn kiên quyết giữ lập trường của mình.


How to get lucky (by Hiroshi Mikitani – CEO of Rakuten)

Whenever someone is successful, there will be another person on the sidelines complaining that person was “just lucky.”

We hear that sometimes at Rakuten. Our e-commerce business is successful and there are some who will say that we were lucky – we rode the wave of e-commerce popularity.

There is a secret to riding opportunity’s wave and becoming the “lucky” person. I am here to reveal it today.

Success is created out of the accumulation of many 0.01% improvements. It is through these improvements that you become able to grasp great opportunities. We call people who do business this way “lucky.”

It’s critical to understand how your efforts to improve, every day, even by a small amount, contribute to your being lucky.  Because it doesn’t matter how big an opportunity you are presented with. If you are not ready for it, you will not be able to seize it. Most likely, you will not even see it in the first place. Someone who has never learned to surf, never practiced the sport, will never be able to ride a wave no matter how big a swell comes along. Opportunity is the same. It’s true that Rakuten was able to rive the wave of the IT boom to great success. But for those who were unprepared for it, that same wave was a disaster. To ride opportunity’s wave, you must be prepared.

How to do that? 0.01% at a time. Just be a little more efficient today than you were yesterday and a little more efficient tomorrow than you were today. Get to your desk ten minutes earlier. Seek input from one more person. Look at your job objectively as if someone else were doing it – look at the errors and think about how you would advise another person to address those points. Each error has a reason – too much work, not enough time, not enough assistance. Address each one.

Set a framework for your efforts. Keep a record of their results. Commit to 0.01% improvement every day. And when the wave comes, you will be lucky.

Bài phát biểu của Obama tại lễ trao giải Nobel hòa bình


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Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Distinguished Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, citizens of America, and citizens of the world:

I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations — that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice.

And yet I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the considerable controversy that your generous decision has generated. In part, this is because I am at the beginning, and not the end, of my labors on the world stage. Compared to some of the giants of history who have received this prize — Schweitzer and King; Marshall and Mandela — my accomplishments are slight. And then there are the men and women around the world who have been jailed and beaten in the pursuit of justice; those who toil in humanitarian organizations to relieve suffering; the unrecognized millions whose quiet acts of courage and compassion inspire even the most hardened of cynics. I cannot argue with those who find these men and women — some known, some obscure to all but those they help — to be far more deserving of this honor than I. Continue reading

Climbing Mt. Fuji

Climbing Mt. Fuji

One of my unforgettable trips in my life was a climbing trip two weeks ago to Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776m.

At first, I and three friends at JAIST went by bus from Kanazawa station at 11 pm on August 13, and we arrived at Shinjuku station at 6 am on the next day. After taking a rest, we went to Tokyo tower by metro, a very popular way to travel in Tokyo. We left Tokyo at 2 pm to go to Kawaguchiko station near Mt. Fuji, and arrived there at 5 pm.

Before climbing Mt. Fuji, we had dinner and prepared all necessary things carefully for that, because we knew that we would have a very long, hard time of climbing overnight. After dinner, we got on the sightseeing bus to go to the fifth station of Mt. Fuji at 2,300m. At the fifth station, we started climbing at about 9 pm. Fortunately, the weather was fine although it was rainy at first. There were many people climbing Mt. Fuji on that day because that time was the “Obon matsuri”, which is a traditional holiday in Japan.

You may be impressed when you see a long line of people like an incredible wire climbing Mt. Fuji. The way to the top of Mt. Fuji contains ten stations and many places for climbers to take a break and buy food and drink. The higher we climbed the thinner the air was, and the lower the temperature was, so we had to take a rest every 200m. The climbing was delayed, because one guy in our group felt bad. Luckily, with some help, he could continue walking. That was the reason we were late to reach the top of Mt. Fuji before sunrise. Actually, we planned to reach the top of the mountain early to see sunrise. Therefore, we saw sunrise and took some photos on the mountain slope at about 30m below the top. The scene at that height was very imposing with clouds in varieties of colors covering the sky and the sun rising up little by little.

After seeing sunrise, we continued climbing, and we reached the top at about 6 o’clock. We took some photos there, then we began going down at 8 o’clock. It took about 5 hours to arrive at the bus stop; less time than climbing up, because going down is not as hard as climbing. At last, we got on the bus and went home. We were almost exhausted after long, hard walking, but we felt proud of climbing to the highest place of Japan. That was a really memorable event in my life.