Monday, March 17, 2008

Vocational training gets needed boost

VietNamNet Bridge – A co-operation project between the Viet Nam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) and one of the nation’s top universities will help boost vocational training in Vietnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thien Nhan said at the signing ceremony.

PetroVietnam director Le Minh Hong and deputy director of Ha Noi National University Vu Minh Giang inked a comprehensive co-operation agreement in the capital yesterday.

Nhan lauded the ceremony as a "historic event between a leading enterprise and a leading university," which would help the quality of training in Vietnam meet demand.

According to the agreement, the two sides will build a co-operation model on training and studies in science and technology that will meet international standards. The plan will aim for top quality education that will put Vietnam in the running for the Nobel prizes and other prestigious awards.

The Ha Noi National University will organise training courses and give top students the chance to work at the Viet Nam Oil and Gas Group. The two sides will invest in writing up a plan to promote talent and build an Oil and Gas Institute with a high-tech laboratory at the university.

The group will also sponsor a fund to develop science and technology at the university.

The agreement also includes the Green Hoa Binh project in the northern province of Hoa Binh. Under the plan the Viet Nam Oil and Gas Group will build an urban area around the university.

Government efforts

Providing vocational training to meet demand in Vietnam was also order of the day at a conference in the capital recently.

Speaking at the event Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the Government encouraged businesses to train human resources at various levels, especially big enterprises and groups who wanted to open vocational training schools.

Dung said vocational training had seen some progress recently but was still lacking standards needed to keep up with the national industrialisation and modernisation process.

The State would continue to boost investment in training and education and carry out preferential policies in high-tech areas, Dung said.

The PM urged the education sector to improve the quality of their training courses so as to provide 50% of workers with a better education by 2010. The nation needed more universities and colleges to ensure 200 out of 10,000 people could get access to university education, he said.

The sector should define the responsibilities of learners as well as support agencies, enterprises and production units that use trained labourers.

Dung said the current credit programme for students at universities, colleges and vocational training schools was a good way to train human resources. But the State needed to make clear distinctions on who exactly could take out a loan and regulate the responsibility of the learners and their families, the State and employers to control use of the loan and ensure it is paid back in time.

Attending the conference were Deputy Prime Ministers Pham Gia Khiem and Nguyen Thien Nhan and representatives from the ministries of Education and Training, Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and Finance, Government Office and General Department of Vocational Training.

Recently, the Ministry of Education and Training joined forces with Viet Nam Television, Viet Nam Study Promotion Association and Bank for Export and Import of Viet Nam (Eximbank) to implement the programme "Lighting the Future," to be broadcast on VTV 1 at the end of this month.

General director of Eximbank, Pham Van Thiet, said project organisers, as well as the bank, would grant scholarships worth VND10mil (US$625) each to disadvantaged students. They will also open a fund at the bank so people can make donations to help the students.

(Source: Viet Nam News)