Can Tho, UK look to cooperation in education, health, transport infrastructure

Can Tho: Vice Chairman of the Can Tho People's Committee Duong Tan Hien on December 11 hosted a visiting delegation from the British Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, with the sides expressing their intention for better joint work in education, health, and transport infrastructure. Heading the delegation, Deputy Consul General Sam Wood expressed his hope that UK localities can connect and collaborate with the Vietnamese Mekong Delta city with a focus on the above-said areas, and enjoy favourable conditions created by and assistance from the municipal authorities. The diplomat vowed to engage in the organisation of various networking activities during his tenure to bring investors from the UK to Can Tho to seek opportunities for investment partnerships. Hien told his guests the three sectors are the city's investment attraction priorities, and that Can Tho welcomes UK enterprises to the city to study the local market and forming cooperation. Can Tho wishes to capitalise on opportunities brought about by the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA) serving improved trade between it and UK firms, particularly regarding its strong fields such as rice, fruit, and fishery. Between January and October, Can Tho exported to the UK 19.51 million USD worth mostly of rice, aquatic products, apparel, handicrafts and processed farm produce./ Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam Partners with UNESCO for National Education Initiative on Sustainable Development

Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnam is taking significant strides in integrating sustainable development into its national education framework. The Ministry of Education and Training, in collaboration with the UNESCO Hanoi Office, conducted a consultation workshop on November 24 to discuss the national education for sustainable development initiative. This initiative aligns with global efforts promoted by UNESCO, especially in regions prone to climate change and extreme weather events.

According to Vietnam News Agency, education and training play a critical role in addressing global challenges and ensuring sustainable development. He acknowledged the Vietnamese government's existing policies and actions aimed at enhancing the quality of education and training. However, Phuc noted that further efforts are necessary to transform education into a driving force for sustainable development.

In fulfillment of Vietnam's commitment at the UNESCO international conference on education for sustainable development in 2021, the Ministry has developed a national initiative for sustainable development in education, extending until 2030. This strategy is designed to strengthen and coordinate existing efforts for nationwide impact. Phuc underscored that sustainable development encompasses not only economic and social growth and ecological protection but also the fulfillment of basic human needs, including happiness. Hence, Vietnam has set a goal to establish 'happy schools' as part of this initiative.

Miki Nozawa, the education team leader at the UNESCO Hanoi Office, emphasized the significance of education for sustainable development. She pointed out that such education equips learners, from preschool onwards, with crucial knowledge, critical thinking, and teamwork skills necessary to tackle sustainability challenges. Nozawa expressed UNESCO's support for Vietnam's initiative, highlighting its timeliness and the eagerness of various stakeholders to contribute.

During the workshop, participants reviewed the current state of education for sustainable development in Vietnam and provided feedback on the draft initiative. The discussions also led to a consensus on the next steps and the establishment of an inter-sectoral coordination mechanism to effectively implement the initiative.

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Launches New Academic Year at VNU-HCM

Ho Chi Minh City - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attended the ceremony marking the start of the new academic year at the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM), a premier institution for higher education and scientific research in Vietnam. In his address, PM Chinh underscored the critical role of higher education and innovation in national development, emphasizing the importance of high-quality human resources.

According to Vietnam News Agency, The Prime Minister highlighted the changes and developments in higher education due to digital transformation and the fourth industrial revolution. He pointed out the trend of global cooperation and transnational learning in higher education, emphasizing its role in promoting creative thinking and equipping students with necessary skills. Chinh urged educational institutions, including VNU-HCM, to focus on training talents and promoting sustainable economic development. At a subsequent meeting with VNU-HCM leaders, he advised the university to align its training programs with the regional and national development needs and to prioritize research and problem-solving. The VNU-HCM, with its extensive network and academic resources, aims to be among Asia's top 100 higher education institutions by 2030.

Bac Ninh Hosts STEM Festival 2023 for Local Students

Bac Ninh - The northern province of Bac Ninh's Tu Son city became a hub for young minds at the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Festival 2023 on November 15. Organized by the provincial Department of Education and Training and Kenan Foundation Asia (Kenan), the festival welcomed 300 students from 10 secondary schools.

According to Vietnam News Agency, the festival is a part of the collaboration between the Ministry of Education and Training's Secondary Education Department and Kenan, an initiative that began in Hanoi in 2018. This was the first time the festival was organized in Bac Ninh, offering students a platform to engage in various STEM activities. These activities aimed to enhance soft skills such as leadership, cooperation, communication, and counterargument, while fostering a passion for STEM. Vu Duc Hoang, a student from Tien An Secondary School in Bac Ninh city, expressed that the festival encouraged him to create more useful products for everyday life. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Diep from Quang Phu Secondary School in Luong Tai district hoped for more such festivals to equip students with essential soft skills.

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Nghe An Province to Welcome Lao High School Students in 2023-2024

Nghe An: The central Vietnamese province of Nghe An is set to become the first locality in the country to host high school students from Laos starting from the 2023-2024 academic year. This initiative was reported by the provincial Department of Education and Training.

According to Vietnam News Agency, the Boarding High School for Ethnic Minorities No. 2 in Nghe An has been designated to accommodate 31 Lao exchange students from the provinces of Xiangkhouang, Houaphanh, Bolikhamxai, Vientiane, Savannakhet, and Khammouane. This move is part of a broader effort to strengthen educational ties between Vietnam and Laos.

Since 2012, Nghe An province has committed over 170 billion VND (approximately 7 million USD) to support human resource training for Lao provinces. The Nghe An People's Committee has been proactive in receiving Lao officials and students for various educational programs. This includes language training at the Nghe An Pedagogical College and higher education at institutions like Vinh University, Vinh Medical University, Nghe An University of Economics, Industrial University of Vinh, and Vinh University of Technology Education.

Additionally, the province has awarded scholarships to 1,157 Lao officials and students for studies at local universities and colleges. The Lao students will initially undergo a 10-month Vietnamese language training program at the Nghe An Pedagogical College. Following this, the officials will return to Laos to continue their professional roles, while the students, depending on their language proficiency, preferences, and training needs, will have the opportunity to pursue specialized studies at various universities in Nghe An.

Partnership helps improve digital skills for teachers, students

Hanoi: A cooperation agreement on equipping teachers and students with knowledge of Internet safety and improving their digital skill was inked between the Ministry of Education and Training’s Vietnam National Institute of Educational Sciences (VNIES), Vietnet Information Technology and Communication Centre (Vietnet-ICT) and Meta Group in Hanoi on October 31.

The agreement aims to bring greater benefits to the education of digital skill in Vietnam, contributing to the development of the country and the Government's efforts in providing the best training, and developing necessary skills in cyberspace for a generation of digital citizens today and in the future.

VNIES Director Prof. Dr. Le Anh Vinh said the Ministry of Education and Training has paid special attention to improving the digital capability for students nationwide, adding that the institute has collaborated with a number of units to build a digital competency framework for Vietnamese students with detailed surveys to provide practical solutions.

According to Vinh, initiatives of the Meta Group and efforts made by Vietnet-ICT in recent times are consistent with VNIES’s goals and visions. Therefore, the agreement will create a safe technology environment for users, helping young citizens become smart and responsible users in the digital environment.

VNIES, Vietnet- ICT and Meta Group have coordinated to successfully implement many activities to improve digital skills and provide knowledge of Internet safety for teachers and students through the programme “We Think Digital”, which is a long-term commitment of Meta in Vietnam.

Since 2019, the programme has directly trained 9,000 teachers of secondary and high schools in 41 provinces and cities across the country.

A total of more than 690,000 students have been equipped with digital skills and and knowledge of Internet safety through empowering local teachers and student ambassadors of the programme./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam, Japan foster educational cooperation

Vietnamese Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Kim Son on October 11 highly valued Japan’s educational development, and suggested the country share its experience with Vietnam to step up bilateral cooperation in this field.

At his meeting with Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Moriyama Masahito in Tokyo, Son stressed that Vietnam wants to learn from foreign countries’ advanced education, especially Japan’s policy on general education.

The minister expressed his hope that the two sides will foster collaboration in higher education, with more Vietnamese students to study in Japan, especially through scholarship programmes granted by the Japanese Government and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

He suggested Japan further support Vietnam in implementing the present projects and work on plans to boost cooperation between the two countries’ higher education institutions in terms of training, research and the exchange of lectures and students.

Son called on Japan to expand short-term training courses in the country for Vietnamese public servants.

For his part, Moriyama affirmed that Vietnam is one of Japan’s strategic partners in Asia-Pacific, saying the two countries have maintained collaboration in general education and student exchanges.

Regarding the exchange of undergraduate and postgraduate students, the minister agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart’s suggestions, stressing that relevant agencies of both sides need to make greater efforts in this regard.

Moriyama noted with pleasure to witness, together with Son, the exchange of a memorandum of understanding between the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training and Japan’s Mizuno Group on cooperation in physical education at primary schools in Vietnam.

On October 10, Son and his entourage visited the Tokyo Gakugei University and met with the university’s representatives.

He is scheduled to hold a meeting with the Vice President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on October 13./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency