Vietnam - Finland cooperation in vocational education and training development
On April 25, 2023, "Vietnam - Finland Vocational Education Forum" was held in Hanoi to introduce the panorama of vocational education and training in Vietnam and Finland as well as share the factors that create Finland's success in vocational education and training. The forum also aims to open up many opportunities for exchange and cooperation among vocational education and training institutions of the two countries.
The forum was attended by Ms. Marjaana Sall - Education Ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Mr. Keijo Norvanto - Ambassador of Finland to Vietnam, representatives of the General Department of Vocational Education and Training, the Ministry of Labor - Invalids and Social Affairs. Society, representatives of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture in Southeast Asia, CEOs, principals and representatives of units operating in the field of vocational education of Finland.
Speaking at the opening of the Forum, Director General of the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training Truong Anh Dung said that the rate of high-quality workers in Vietnam is currently low compared to the general correlation in the region as well as in the world. In the competitiveness ranking 4.0 of the World Economic Forum in 2019, at pillar 6 in terms of human resources, Vietnam compared to 140 economies, Vietnam's labor skills are ranked 93rd. Therefore, the cooperation to improve the quality of human resources with countries in the region and the world is of special interest to the General Department of Vocational Education. Recently, Vietnam and Finland have only focused on cooperation at the university level, have not promoted cooperation in education and training, especially in the field of vocational education while the prospects and potential for cooperation are very big. Director General Truong Anh Dung hopes that in the near future, the two sides will have more cooperation."
Director General Truong Anh Dung delivered the opening speech at the Forum
Ambassador Keijo Norvanto, Embassy of Finland in Vietnam
Speaking at the Forum, the Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam assessed the importance of education in the socio-economic development of all countries. The Ambassador affirmed that Finland is one of the countries with the best quality of education in the world and wished to promote comprehensive cooperation in the field of education in general and in the field of vocational education in particular between Finland and Vietnam. By organizing Finnish training institutions to visit and work in Vietnam this time, Finland hopes to promote cooperation at the government level as well as create conditions for the training institutions of the two countries to meet, exchange and seek cooperation partners in the coming time.
Previously, also within the framework of cooperation activities in the field of vocational education and training between Vietnam and Finland, Deputy Director General Pham Vu Quoc Binh had a meeting to discuss cooperation opportunities with the Finland Vocational Education Delegation.
Deputy Director General Pham Vu Quoc Binh discussed with the Finnish Delegation
At the meeting, the Deputy Director General suggested that the Finnish side study and implement a cooperation model suitable to the two countries, focusing on cooperation in a number of activities such as sharing experience in construction, development of Finnish vocational training institutions; building a system to assess the quality of TVET up to international standards; business connection; receiving and recruiting qualified students after graduation to work in Finnish enterprises; technology transfer, training programs for occupations that are the strength of Finland, moving towards greening TVET and sustainable development; capacity building for managers, teachers and trainers in enterprises; promoting cooperation and connection between TVET institutes of the two countries.
One of the core values of Finnish education policy is to ensure equal educational opportunities for every individual, every individual has completed at least secondary school.
About half of the students who complete this level of education choose a career path and the other half go to high school.
With over 164 types of certifications, Finnish vocational education and training options are not limited to technical fields but cover all areas of working life.
Besides traditional industries such as construction, electricity, water and beauty, Finnish vocational qualifications also cover areas such as tourism, entrepreneurship and business, health services, natural resource conservation, technology, social security services and hotels and restaurants. Circus performing arts is also a vocational degree in Finland.
In recent years, vocational education and training in Finland has developed towards allowing learners to continuously improve their skills. Teachers and TVET institutions are constantly updated to keep up with new trends in life and work.
The sharing and exchange between Finland and Vietnam at the forum is of special significance in the context that Vietnam is implementing the "Strategy for development of vocational education and training during the 2021- 2030 period with a vision to 2045" and the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Finland and Vietnam.
The forum also contributes to maintaining and promoting cooperation between the two countries in the fields of human and talent exchange, education and training.