Saturday, February 23, 2008

Vietnam faces shipping manpower shortage

HANOI, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam annually completes training of around 3,000 people for the domestic shipbuilding industry, meeting around 50 percent of its manpower demand, according to a local education agency on Wednesday.

Specialized schools, colleges and universities in Vietnam annually turn out 600-700 engineers and 2,000-3,000 workers in shipbuilding-related fields, meeting 40-60 percent of the industry's demand for human resources, said the Higher Education Department under the Ministry of Education and Training.

Old teaching methods and facilities, shortage of qualified lecturers, and lack of close ordination between educational establishments and shipbuilding enterprises are mainly contributed to the manpower shortage.

Vietnam is striving to have at least two local shipbuilding-related universities which will have training connections with foreign entities this year, the department said.