15/09/2014 16:19 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Education and sci-tech progress is key to success: PM

Hanoi, September 15 (VNA) – Training human resources to the highest standards, coupled with scientific-technological innovation, is pivotal to success, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said.

Speaking to staff and students at the Vietnam National University in Hanoi (VNU) on September 15, Dung reiterated that the Party and State regard education as the top national priority.

The 2014-2015 year is of particular significance since the country is radically and thoroughly overhauling its education and training system, the PM said during his opening speech at the ceremony to launch the VNU’s new academic year.

To support this process, he urged the VNU and universities and colleges all over the country to revise their management practices and govern themselves autonomously and effectively, saying that these are decisive factors for improving their performance.

Apart from updating their curricula, he asked universities to be more active in scientific research and the transfer of technology, making them a productive environment for inventions and scientific breakthroughs.

He pointed out that the initiative relied on a contingent of qualified lecturers and managers in terms of intellect and virtue, and a modern infrastructure system, the two prerequisites for innovation.

The entire education sector is geared towards producing cohorts of high-calibre graduates who will drive national development, he stressed.

The PM took the occasion to ask VNU and the Ministry of Construction to relocate three of its universities in the next five years.

This year, the VNU revised its syllabi to meet new demands for higher education and increase the scale of post-tertiary education.

Many of its programmes meet the ASEAN University Network quality standards, benefitting its students, who are able to secure jobs after graduation more easily.

The VNU strikes a balance between liberal arts and science, and between basic sciences and applied sciences. It is one of Vietnam’s three leading institutions in terms of the number of scientific studies published in international publications.